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Question of the Week episode

Mon, 1st Mar 2010

Why does white clothing become see-through when wet?

cycling in the rain (c) Northboer

We find out about the physics behind wet T-shirt competitions! Why is it that pale clothing becomes transparent with the addition of water? Plus, in a totally unrelated question, we ask how money is made...

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  • Why do wet clothes become see-through?

    I've had a burning question in the back of my mind since I went to a scientific meeting of ocular scientists down in Sarasota, Florida. There was this lovely young scientist from Budapest who forgot her bathing suit and put on shorts and a white T-shirt when she went swimming, a...



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