DoJ charges man for hacking, tempering with public water facility

By Deeba Ahmed
According to a DoJ, Travnichek was accused of hacking a public water facility’s computer and tampering with the local water supply system.
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Spongey filter releases purified lake water when set in the sun

Ironically, many of the places that most require water purification have the least-developed infrastructure. That’s where a new filtration device comes in, as it’s activated by the sun – and it’s said to perform better than other solar-powered purifica… Continue reading Spongey filter releases purified lake water when set in the sun

Wastewater microplastics help superbugs share dangerous genes

Microplastics are increasingly found to be polluting oceans and waterways and causing unknown damage to the health of animals and humans. Now, a new study provides evidence there’s cross over with another looming public health threat – antibiotic-resis… Continue reading Wastewater microplastics help superbugs share dangerous genes

Most of Mars’ missing water may still be there – underground

Mars may currently be a dusty desert, but that wasn’t always the case – a growing body of evidence points to the Red Planet being much bluer in its ancient past. Where all that water went is a key question, and now researchers at JPL and Caltech have p… Continue reading Most of Mars’ missing water may still be there – underground

Wetting agent douses underground “zombie” fires with great efficiency

Raging fires are generally bad news, but smoldering peat fires can do more environmental damage and present unique challenges for those trying to extinguish them. Researchers in the UK have come up with a new formula for tackling these so-called “zombi… Continue reading Wetting agent douses underground “zombie” fires with great efficiency

Bacterial biofilm wrings oil out of water

Once oil gets into water, it can be difficult to separate the two, which can make polluted water tricky to clean up. Now, researchers at North Carolina (NC) State University have found that a bacterial biofilm membrane can effectively let water through… Continue reading Bacterial biofilm wrings oil out of water

Adding ultrasound to water could more thoroughly disinfect veggies

The 2019 North American outbreak of E. coli contamination in romaine lettuce doubtless got many people thinking about how to most effectively wash their leafy veggies. Well, a new study suggests that using ultrasonic water may be the best way to go.Con… Continue reading Adding ultrasound to water could more thoroughly disinfect veggies