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Water Into Fuel? We Have The Technology!

It has been the dream of environmentalists for years, to discover the alchemic ability to turn water into liquid gold: gasoline.
Now a company based in Dresden in Germany claims to have developed the technology to do just that. Sunfire GmbH has created an engineering installation that can synthesize petroleum-based fuels using water and...
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The Dangers Of Drinking Water From Warm Plastic Bottles

It's no secret that it's good to keep well-hydrated; the health benefits of drinking at least 1.5 -2 litres (half a gallon)of water daily, particularly in hot and dry conditions, are well documented.
Taking a bottle of water out and about with us is highly recommended to keep up our fluid intake.

But what if the bottled water...
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Scientists Explore Unexpected Cause of Greenhouse Gas Pollution


The sound of running water has long been associated with positive health benefits, and the appealing sound of a babbling brook can be found on many recordings intended to aid relaxation and induce sleep. No countryside picnic is complete without the sweet singing of a shallow stream somewhere nearby, and water features that emulate the...
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Removing the Salt

In a world where water is running short, we need to find an affordable way to remove the salt from seawater. The UN reports that about 780 million people around the world do not have access to clean drinking water.

A defense contractor may have found a way to solve this problem without building expensive desalinization plants....
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There May be Water on the Moon

If there was water on the moon, we could colonize it (and take an elevator there). Well, there just may be: Traces of water have been detected within the crystalline structure of mineral samples from the lunar highland upper crust obtained during the Apollo missions.
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Are You Allergic to Your Water?

Food allergies are on the rise, affecting 15 million Americans, pesticides and tap water could be partially to blame. High levels of dichlorophenols, a chemical used in pesticides and to chlorinate water, when found in the human body, are associated with food allergies. An...
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Can Fracking Water be Cleaned Up?

You may not know it, but you're probably drinking recycled water right now. But water from "Fracking?" The process uses as much water as the entire cities of Chicago or Houston, but can it be made...
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Something Fishy About Depression

Fish are taking antidepressants--at least they're absorbing them in the water they're swimming in. It turns out that fish exhibit abnormal behavior and lower levels of anxiety when exposed to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors (SSRIs), which are common drugs used...
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Monsters in Primeval Water?

We worry about fighting off an alien invasion in the future, but the biggest invasion of new creatures...
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What are We DRINKING?

Water is becoming something that is in short supply, meaning we may soon be drinking reclaimed wastewater, especially in the desert states of the West (which, ironically, are the fastest-growing areas of the US). We know our drinking water is laced with prescription...
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Discovery of a Perfect Planet

An Earth-like planet recently spotted outside our solar system is the first that atromomers have found that could support liquid water and harbor life.

Liquid water is what astronomers look for, and the...
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Water on Europa May Mean LIFE is There Too

In a finding of significance in the search for life beyond Earth, scientists have discovered what appears to be a body of liquid water the volume of the North American Great Lakes locked inside the icy shell of Jupiter’s moon Europa--which could represent a new...
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Water Means Life--So Harness a Comet

When our satellites search for other planets that might harbor life, they always search for water. But now, for the first time, astronomers have detected around a burgeoning solar system a sprawling cloud of water vapor that's cold enough to form comets, which could eventually deliver oceans to dry planets. And with oceans, life could spring up--...
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We've Discovered a New Kind of Shooting Star

One that is shooting water! A geyser of water is spurting up from the poles of a star that is 750 light-years from the earth at a rate of 124,000 mpg, creating "water bullets" that it shoots deep into space. If it has other planets around it, the...
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Don't Drink the Water

The typical American uses 99 gallons of water a day for washing clothes, bathing, toilet-flushing and cooking, and that amount doesn't even come close to the amount of water used on a daily basis by electrical power plants.

On NPR, Terry Gross interviewed water expert Charles Fishman, author of "The Big Thirst," who says,...
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When Water is Weird

When water is too "weird" to drink, you can clean it up with OYSTERS (just don't eat the oysters). We've used bacteria to clean up waterways in the past (even major oil spills, like BP--NOTE:...
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Water, Water Everywhere

But is it safe to drink? - Before we fight any more water wars, let's clean up the water we have! Even if we don't intend to, most of us end up taking prescription drugs (and drugs that doctors DON'T prescribe) through our drinking water. There is a rising level of pharmaceuticals ending up in the water supply, particularly...

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Water, Water (Everywhere?)

If you want to find planets that find harbor intelligent life, you need to do what the early explorers did right here on earth: look for water.

Since the early 1990s astronomers have discovered more than 300 planets orbiting stars other than our sun, nearly all of them gas giants like Jupiter. The new generation of powerful NASA space...

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Water: Bamboozled by Bottled

How much do you spend on bottled water? If you buy certain brands thinking the water is cleaner or safer, experts say you may as well be pouring money down the drain because some brands of bottled water are actually just tap water.

Physician Jane Sadler says, "There is no guarantee that bottled water is any better than tap water. 25% of...

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Why Can't We Just Remove Salt from the Ocean? (Cont.)

One of the biggest problems facing the world in the future will be getting enough water. If we could just think of a way to remove the salt from the ocean, we would be surrounded by drinking water. Lots of scientists would like to figure out how to do just that. Now the inventor of the Segway says he has invented a machine that can take nearly...

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Perfect Lie Detector: Water

Even Better: Reading Your MIND - New kinds of lie detectors are being developed all the time?the latest one is your hair. And no, we don't mean whether or not you dye or perm, we mean your hair can tell an investigator where you've BEEN. It all has to do with the water you've been drinking. These days, almost everyone seems to...

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Too Much of the Wrong Kind

Too much salt isn't good for us, which is why researchers are working so hard to figure out how to remove it from water so we can drink the water from our oceans. Salt has gotten a bad reputation, since doctors warn us it can lead to high blood pressure. But other scientists say that, just like corn-fed beef, the problem isn't the salt itself,...

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Why Your Water Stinks

We all need water to live, but some of us here in the US don't like to drink the water from our taps because it SMELLS FUNNY. Large parts of the world have a bigger problem: POISON which occurs NATURALLY in their drinking water.

"Fruity plastic" is among several uncomplimentary terms that a panel of water "sensory experts" use to...

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Water Wars

In the future we may fight a war in space over who controls the moon and access to its valuable Helium 3 fuel, but here on Earth we will probably be fighting over who owns not oil, but water. Global warming, which can lead to droughts, makes this situation even more dangerous.

In the Independent, John Reid outlines the main areas where...

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Can We Remove Salt from Water?

If we could desalinize ocean water in large amounts, many of the world's water shortage problems would be solved. New research may make it possible to recycle ocean water for drinking. The California Dept. of Water Resources is extremely interested in this, since they are a high population state that is running out of water and is situated...

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Don't Drink the Water

Fish with both male and female sexual tissue have beendiscovered near wastewater treatment plants on the SouthPlatte River and Boulder Creek in Colorado. And it's beendiscovered that utilities across the country have been lyingfor years about the lead levels in their drinking water.Biologist John Woodling says, ''This is the first thing thatI'...

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Drinking Drugs With Our Water

We've written before about how prescription drugs aregetting into water supplies. It's recently been discoveredthat water in London is tainted with Prozac. How well do ourwater treatment plants get rid of these drugs?

Wastewater treatment plants that use a combination ofpurifying techniques followed by reverse osmosis, wherewater is...

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Coke Selling Tap Water in U.K.

If you buy Coca-Cola's Dasani brand bottled water in London, you're drinking water from the city's public supply?the same water you can get out of a faucet for free.

Trevor Datson writes that this is true of many other bottled waters as well. Canadean, an independent beverage research company, discovered that two out of every five...

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Bottled Water Can Cause Food Poisoning

We drink bottled water because it's "safe," but some of it actually makes people sick. Researchers say that up to 6,000 campylobacter food poisoning infections a year in the U.K. can be traced to bottled water. This bacteria causes diarrhea and stomach aches.

Chris Bunting writes in the Independent that scientists interviewed 213...

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Old Drugs? We End Up Drinking Them

What should we do with old prescription medicines? The pharmacy won't take them back, and most charities won't take them either. Most people flush them down the toilet, not realizing that they end up in the water we drink, so that we're "taking" lots of medicines that haven't been prescribed for us.

Water treatment processes remove...

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