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Science for the lazy
August 26, 2004, 2:09 PM PDT

Gone are the days of lugging your laundry down the block to the local laundromat, only to find that you are short on quarters. Thanks to the hard-working scientists at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, tech-savvy shoppers may soon be strutting their stuff in self-cleaning pants.

Using nanotechnology, researchers developed a process for treating fabric with a titanium dioxide coating that, when triggered by sunlight, breaks down bacteria, dirt and pollutants. So rather than washing clothes with soap and water, one would simply need to lie out in the sun to get clothes fresh and clean...

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