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Power of materials: These door handles use titanium dioxide to stop the spread of germs

By April Gocha / August 5, 2015

Two new inventions are using the power of materials to help prevent spread of germs across some of the most frequently touched surfaces we encounter every day—door handles.

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There could be a virus in your battery

By RussJordan / June 7, 2009

But don’t worry. It is a common bacteriophage. It can infect bacteria but is harmless to humans. You might find this virus someday in the battery of your plug-in hybrid car. What has happened is that MIT researchers now can genetically engineer viruses to build the anodes and cathodes of a lithium-ion battery. These batteries…

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