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October 23rd, 2007

Life in 2020

Abstract:
ROBOTS WILL not have it all their own way, however. Indeed, they can expect to face considerable technological competition in the home, thanks to developments in materials science and nanotechnology. At the University of New South Wales in Sydney, for example, researchers - led by Rose Amal and Michael Brungs - are developing self-cleaning surfaces for use in hospitals as well as domestic kitchens and bathrooms. These surfaces will be coated with particles that absorb ultraviolet light at a particular wavelength, exciting electrons and giving the particles an oxidising quality stronger than any commercial bleach. The surfaces will also be designed so that droplets cannot form on them - water will run off, washing as it goes.

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