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Engineered sand could remove nasty toxins to produce drinkable water

Water is one of our most underappreciated resources. For people with steady access to this life-giving liquid, it’s absence can seem like a distant dystopian nightmare. But some 783 million people lack clean water worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, and even in the United States, parched communities suffer from prolonged droughts. Researchers at […]

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Scientists are working on a device that could one day harvest up to 10 gallons of drinking water per hour from thin air

Thomson ReutersWomen carry jerry cans of water from shallow wells dug from the sand along the Shabelle River bed, which is dry due to drought in Somalia’s Shabelle region. A team of researchers at the University of Akron is developing a device that can harvest drinking water from thin air. The device uses nanoscale polymers […]