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BuzzBites: Dirty, Dirty Mouse; Predicting the Internet's Future

Dirty, Dirty Mouse

The average desk has 400 times more bacteria than the average toilet seat, according to a University of Arizona microbiologist. That disturbing fact is the central selling point of a new self-cleaning mouse designed to rid itself of viruses, antibodies and algae.

The mouse's outer shell includes a coating of titanium oxide and silver nanoparticles that can, according to manufacturer IOGear, "prevent or deactivate bacteria with 99 percent efficiency."

Besides the germ-phobic, IOGear is marketing its bacteria-fighting peripheral to libraries, schools and other locations with publicly available computers. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to wash my hands. And my laptop. --Andrew Conry-Murray, [email protected]

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