Sci/Tech Handheld plasma flashlight rids skin of notorious pathogens.

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  1. tom_mai78101

    tom_mai78101 The Helper Connoisseur / Ex-MineCraft Host Staff Member

    (PhysOrg.com) -- A group of Chinese and Australian scientists have developed a handheld, battery-powered plasma-producing device that can rid skin of bacteria in an instant.

    The device could be used in ambulance emergency calls, natural disaster sites, military combat operations and many other instances where treatment is required in remote locations.

    The plasma flashlight, presented today, 5 April, in IOP Publishing's Journal of Physics D: Applied Physics is driven by a 12 V battery and doesn't require any external generator or wall power; it also doesn't require any external gas feed or handling system.

    In the experiment, the plasma flashlight effectively inactivated a thick biofilm of one of the most antibiotic- and heat-resistant bacteria, Enterococcus faecalis – a bacterium which often infects the root canals during dental treatments.

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  2. camelCase

    camelCase The Case of the Mysterious Camel.

    My OCD friend may benefit from this..
    He has way too many hand sanitizers; this may save him money in the long run $.$

    Wait..
    "The temperature of the plume of plasma in the experiments was between 20-230C, which is very close to room temperature and therefore prevents any damage to the skin."

    20-230C
    230 degrees celcius will sure as hell damage skin <.<
  3. Varine

    Varine And as the moon rises, we shall prepare for war

    See? No need to worry about the zombie gun now.

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