Cheap gel film pulls buckets of drinking water per day from thin air

Water scarcity is a major problem for much of the world’s population, but with the right equipment drinking water can be wrung out of thin air. Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have now demonstrated a low-cost gel film that can pull man… Continue reading Cheap gel film pulls buckets of drinking water per day from thin air

Teflon-like desalination membrane purifies water fast and friction-free

Engineers at the University of Tokyo have developed a new type of desalination membrane that they claim is faster, and requires less pressure and energy than existing tech. The new membrane is made up of a series of nanoscale tubes lined with a Teflon-… Continue reading Teflon-like desalination membrane purifies water fast and friction-free

Water from Earth’s atmosphere may be raining onto the Moon

The Moon may look like a big dry ball, but there’s more water up there than you might expect. In a new study, scientists have shown that at least some of it could have been showered onto the lunar surface from the Earth’s atmosphere.Continue ReadingCat… Continue reading Water from Earth’s atmosphere may be raining onto the Moon

Filterless portable device uses electricity to make seawater drinkable

Although there are already portable systems that create drinking water by desalinating and purifying seawater, they typically utilize filters that have to be replaced. A new MIT setup, however, just requires a small amount of electricity to get the job… Continue reading Filterless portable device uses electricity to make seawater drinkable

Sun-powered water filter excels at killing pathogens

There are many parts of the world in which fresh water may be plentiful, but it’s also full of harmful microbes. An experimental new filter is able to purify such water for drinking, and it’s powered solely by sunlight.Continue ReadingCategory: Good Th… Continue reading Sun-powered water filter excels at killing pathogens

Low-cost student-designed filter removes lead from tap water

Lead-contaminated tap water is still a problem in much of the world, where conventional lead removal filters may be too expensive for most households. An inexpensive new filter could help – and it was designed by a group of high school students.Continu… Continue reading Low-cost student-designed filter removes lead from tap water

To remove microplastics from drinking water … just add okra?

If you’ve ever eaten okra, then you’ll know that the stuff can be pretty … gooey. According to new research, that quality could allow a compound from the plant to be used in a less toxic method of removing microplastics from drinking water.Continue Rea… Continue reading To remove microplastics from drinking water … just add okra?