A researcher at the U.S. Army Natick Research, Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts has developed a fiber that could someday be used to make uniforms capable of repelling water. The scientist, Quoc Truong, essentially has redesigned the architecture of non-wetting fibers so that liquid will not make them wet. The fabric Truong designed also can resist contamination by oil, chemicals or dirt, and does not need to be washed often. Truong and his team worked in tandem with researchers from nearby Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University.