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The materials return specific frequencies of light when struck by a laser beam. Putting an array of threads spun from this material into the border of a tablecloth or the label of a garment results in a “smart textile” that identifies itself optically under laser illumination. The threads are faster to read and more durable than the bar codes and radio chips now used for identification. Spectra Science of Providence, R.I., has formed a textile-manufacturing division called Millennium Textiles to commercialize the new material.
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