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Magnetic nanoparticles with ionic liquids for water purification

Providing Safe, Clean Water

03-Dec-2019

In many parts of the world, access to clean drinking water is far from certain. Filtration of large volumes of water, however, is slow and impractical. In the journal Angewandte Chemie, scientists have introduced a new water purification method based on magnetic nanoparticles coated with a ...

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Lots of lead in the water? Maybe manganese is to blame

Researchers have found the naturally occurring mineral can speed up the production of lead dioxide under certain circumstances

24-Jul-2019

Manganese is not a particularly toxic mineral. In fact, people need a little in their diets to remain healthy. Research at Washington University in St. Louis has shown however, that in conjunction with certain other chemicals, naturally occurring manganese can lead to big changes in the water in ...

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A carbon neutral solution for desalination?

Maybe so by tapping into geothermal

07-Nov-2018

Water shortages are hitting some areas of the world hard, and with increasing global temperatures, more regions may be experiencing drought conditions. Countries such as Saudi Arabia rely on desalination plants to provide drinking water to their residents, producing 5 million cubic meters of ...

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A smartphone system to test for lead in water

Can detect levels below EPA standards

28-Sep-2018

The discovery of lead in Flint, Michigan's drinking water drew renewed attention to the health risks posed by the metal. Now researchers at the University of Houston have created an inexpensive system using a smartphone and a lens made with an inkjet printer that can detect lead in tap water at ...

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System selectively sequesters toxins from water

09-Aug-2018

Rice University scientists are developing technology to remove contaminants from water - but only as many as necessary. The Rice lab of engineer Qilin Li is building a treatment system that can be tuned to selectively pull toxins from drinking water and wastewater from factories, sewage systems ...

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Widespread uranium contamination found in India's groundwater

11-Jun-2018

A new Duke University-led study has found widespread uranium contamination in groundwater from aquifers in 16 Indian states. The main source of the uranium contamination is natural, but human factors such as groundwater-table decline and nitrate pollution may be exacerbating the problem. Several ...

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Slick solution for oil spills set to clean up

20-Apr-2018

Polluted beaches, oily water, dead birds and marine life destruction caused by crude oil spills could be a thing of the past with pioneering new research led by Flinders University. An exciting, more sustainable answer to effectively clean up oil spill destruction follows development of a new way ...

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Mat baits, hooks and destroys pollutants in water

23-Mar-2018

A polymer mat developed at Rice University has the ability to fish biologically harmful contaminants from water through a strategy known as "bait, hook and destroy." Tests with wastewater showed the mat can efficiently remove targeted pollutants, in this case a pair of biologically harmful ...

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Removing heavy metals from water

16-Mar-2018

According to the World Health Organization almost 1 billion people do not have access to clean drinking water, and that number is expected to increase with climate change. Meanwhile, our endlessly rising energy needs and use of heavy metals in industrial processes have maximized our exposure to ...

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An alternative to water chlorination

15-Feb-2018

Specialists of Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU), participant of the Project 5-100, developed a unique equipment for complex water purification which can improve or in some cases replace the process of disinfection with chlorine. The developed equipment is an ...

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