Researchers describe a new way to create yarns containing exotic materials, from battery ingredients to catalysts to superconductors. Writing in the journal Science, the researchers describe using small amounts of carbon nanotubes as a support material, coating the tube layer with nanoparticles of various materials, then twisting the tube+particle assembly into yarns. Those yarns could then be woven or sewn -- and even held onto their particle ingredients when run through the washing machine. We'll talk about building functional fabrics, and the materials that these advanced yarns might allow.
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