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Safer phones... for your health

Did You Know? Irish scientists want to protect your from your phone. The mobile phone happens to be our most contaminated personal item. Bacteria can live there and put up with selfies for up to five months.

12 years of research have paid off for a group of scientists led by Professor Suresh C Pillai from IT Sligo. As published in the journal Scientific Reports, soon everyday items like smartphones and door handles can be protected from potentially deadly superbugs without people having to lift a finger.

A new water-based solution can be sprayed onto any glass, ceramic or metallic surface during production. The surface is then 99.9pc resistant to superbugs like MRSA and E Coli.

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