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“Next-Generation” Cotton Will Boast Surprising Properties

A cotton shirt that never needs ironing? Scientists from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) are trying to make that happen.  The independent federal government agency, whose goal is to advance scientific research, is working to imbue cotton with properties more commonly associated with synthetic fibers—elasticity, wrinkle resistance, even waterproofing—while “retaining its natural-fiber…

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