‘Drinking bird’ toys upgraded to generate clean energy from water

Scientists have converted a children’s “drinking bird” toy into a tool that generates usable amounts of electricity. The generator could one day be utilized to power a wide variety of small electronic devices, both indoors and outside.Continue ReadingC… Continue reading ‘Drinking bird’ toys upgraded to generate clean energy from water

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Mushroom-derived membranes may make for greener oil-spill cleanups

When it comes to cleaning up marine oil spills, it’s best if you can use a material that separates the oil from the seawater. Scientists have created a new organic membrane which does exactly that, and it’s derived from oyster mushrooms.Continue Readin… Continue reading Mushroom-derived membranes may make for greener oil-spill cleanups

FBI director to warn Congress of dangers Chinese hackers pose to American infrastructure, innovation

Robert Legare and Nicole Sganga report: Hackers backed by the Chinese government are targeting U.S. water treatment plants and electrical grids, strategically positioning themselves within critical infrastructure systems to “wreak havoc and cause… Continue reading FBI director to warn Congress of dangers Chinese hackers pose to American infrastructure, innovation

Simple cellulose filter thoroughly purifies syringe-injected water

While we’ve seen quite a few filtration systems for making polluted water drinkable, many are quite complex, or utilize costly materials. By contrast, an experimental new setup simply requires users to inject dirty water through a layer of cellulose.Co… Continue reading Simple cellulose filter thoroughly purifies syringe-injected water