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Sterilizing With Ionized Plasmas Kills Microbes For A Week

University of California, Berkeley, scientists have shown that ionized plasmas like those in neon lights and plasma TVs not only can sterilize water, but make it antimicrobial - able to kill bacteria - for as long as a week after treatment.

Devices able to produce such plasmas are cheap, which means they could be life-savers in developing countries, disaster areas or on the battlefield where sterile water for medical use - whether delivering babies or major surgery - is in short supply and expensive to produce.

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