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New 'smart textiles' can produce and store solar energy

Why lug around a portable battery pack when you could generate that power with your own clothing? That's the idea behind new "smart" fibers that can be tailored and woven like cotton — but also produce and store solar energy, like tiny clean power plants. The early-stage textile device could eventually be used for on-the-go charging of smartphones and tablet computers, according to the Chinese researchers who developed the technology.
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