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Fire's effects on soil moisture, runoff
The 2011 Las Conchas mega-fire in New Mexico burned more than 150,000 acres and threatened the Los Alamos National Laboratory. (2018-12-12)
Low-cost catalyst from U of T Engineering boosts hydrogen production from water
A future powered by carbon-free fuel depends on our ability to harness and store energy from renewable but intermittent sources, such as solar and wind. (2018-12-12)
Using water molecules to unlock neurons' secrets
EPFL researchers have developed a method to observe the electrical activity of neurons by analyzing the behavior of surrounding water molecules. (2018-12-11)
Watch how geckos run across water
Geckos run across water at up to almost a meter a second using a unique mix of surface tension and slapping, say researchers reporting Dec. (2018-12-06)
Acrobatic geckos, highly maneuverable on land and in the air, can also race on water
Asian geckos were observed running over water at nearly a meter per second, as fast as on land. (2018-12-06)
Study explains how geckos gracefully gallop on water
Geckos are amazingly agile. In addition to running across land and up trees, the animals can prance across the surface of water. (2018-12-06)
Can rice filter water from ag fields?
While it's an important part of our diets, new research shows that rice plants can be used in a different way, too: to clean runoff from farms before it gets into rivers, lakes, and streams. (2018-12-05)
Forget 'needle in a haystack'; try finding an invasive species in a lake
When the tiny and invasive spiny water flea began appearing in UW-Madison researchers' nets in 2009, scientists began to wonder how Lake Mendota, one of the most-studied lakes in the world, went from flea-free to infested seemingly overnight, undetected by trained technicians. (2018-12-04)
New catalyst produces cheap hydrogen
QUT chemistry researchers have discovered cheaper and more efficient materials for producing hydrogen for the storage of renewable energy that could replace current water-splitting catalysts. (2018-11-29)
AI could help cities detect expensive water leaks
Costly water losses in municipal water systems could be significantly reduced using sensors and new artificial intelligence (AI) technology. (2018-11-28)
US groundwater in peril: Potable supply less than thought
Many rural areas in parts of the US rely exclusively on groundwater for both agricultural and domestic use. (2018-11-28)
WSU researcher creates first model of how plastic waste moves in the environment
A Washington State University researcher for the first time has modeled how microplastic fibers move through the environment. (2018-11-27)
How the Atlantic Ocean became part of the global circulation at a climatic tipping point
A team of scientists, led by Dr Sietske Batenburg at the University of Oxford's Department of Earth Sciences, in close collaboration with German and UK institutions, have discovered that the exchange of water between the North and South Atlantic became significantly larger fifty-nine million years ago. (2018-11-26)
Six feet under, a new approach to global warming
A Washington State University researcher has found that one-fourth of the carbon held by soil is bound to minerals as far as six feet below the surface. (2018-11-26)
Mere sunlight can be used to eradicate pollutants in water
Advances in environmental technology: You don't need complex filters and laser systems to destroy persistent pollutants in water. (2018-11-26)
Drinking water sucked from the dusty desert air
An inexpensive hydrogel-based material efficiently captures moisture even from low-humidity air and then releases it on demand. (2018-11-26)
A water treatment breakthrough, inspired by a sea creature
Inspired by Actinia, a sea organism that ensnares its prey with its tentacles, a team of researchers has developed a method for efficiently treating water. (2018-11-26)
Canada in the global water world: A UN analysis of capabilities
A new report by UN University's Canadian-based Institute on Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH) experts offers a critical examination of the capacity of Canada's water sector to meet and help others meet water-related Sustainable Development Goals. (2018-11-23)
Removing toxic mercury from contaminated water
Water which has been contaminated with mercury and other toxic heavy metals is a major cause of environmental damage and health problems worldwide. (2018-11-21)
Checking water quality at the tap
When consumers turn on a faucet, they expect the drinking water that gushes out to be safe. (2018-11-21)
Affordable catalyst for CO2 recycling
A catalyst for carbon dioxide recycling, Mineral pentlandite may also be a conceivable alternative to expensive precious metal catalysts. (2018-11-16)
Seismic study reveals huge amount of water dragged into Earth's interior
Slow-motion collisions of tectonic plates under the ocean drag about three times more water down into the deep Earth than previously estimated, according to a first-of-its-kind seismic study that spans the Mariana Trench. (2018-11-14)
Competition for shrinking groundwater
Groundwater, which has been used to irrigate crops, satiate livestock and quench thirst in general for thousands of years, continues to be a vital resource around the world. (2018-11-14)
Breeding corn for water-use efficiency may have just gotten easier
With approximately 80 percent of our nation's water supply going towards agriculture, it's fair to say it takes a lot of water to grow crops. (2018-11-14)
The unintended consequences of dams and reservoirs
An international team of drought scientists show that while many dams and reservoirs are built, or expanded, to alleviate droughts and water shortages, they can paradoxically contribute to make them worse. (2018-11-13)
Natural climate change has major influence on hydrological cycle over 'China water tower'
Known as the 'China Water Tower', the Sanjiangyuan region is headwaters of the Yellow River, Yangtze River and Lancang-Mekong River. (2018-11-09)
Fine water particle sprays improve facial skin moisture
In a Skin Research & Technology study, spraying fine water particles onto the facial skin of adult women in winter, when skin is dry, improved skin hydration and softening. (2018-11-07)
Researchers capture in-action images of photosynthetic protein complex splitting water
In a new article published in Nature an international research team presents high-resolution images of photosystem II, the protein complex that splits water into hydrogen ions and oxygen during photosynthesis. (2018-11-07)
Where water goes after fracking is tied to earthquake risk
In addition to producing oil and gas, the energy industry produces a lot of water, about 10 barrels of water per barrel of oil on average. (2018-11-01)
Researchers find correlation between showerhead bacteria and lung infections
Researchers from the University of Colorado, Boulder have now shown that the regions in the United States where pathogenic mycobacteria are most prevalent in showerheads are the same regions where nontuberculous mycobacterial (NTM) lung infections are most common. (2018-10-30)
When silence acts as a mirror
Findings from a new study suggest that people assume that those who are silent in a conversation would agree with their own opinion, even if the majority of the speakers in the group have a different opinion. (2018-10-30)
Scientists unravel the mysteries of polymer strands in fuel cells
Fuel cell efficiency of hydrogen fuel cells decreases as the Nafion membrane, used to separate the anode and cathode within a fuel cell, swells as it interacts with water. (2018-10-24)
Study analyzes complex causes of premature and low-birthweight babies in India
Women in India who spend more time fetching water, use a shared latrine, and endure harassment from others are more apt to give birth to a pre-term or low-birthweight baby, according to a new study from the University of Iowa. (2018-10-23)
Penetrating the soil's surface with radar
Ground penetrating radar measures the amount of moisture in soil quickly and easily. (2018-10-17)
Economic analysis provides watershed moment for environmental groups
Economists have found that in the United States, watershed groups have had a positive impact on their local water quality. (2018-10-12)
Fluoride levels in pregnant women in Canada show drinking water is primary source of exposure
new study led by York University researchers has found that fluoride levels in urine are twice as high for pregnant women living in Canadian cities where fluoride is added to public drinking water as for those living in cities that do not add fluoride to public water supplies. (2018-10-10)
Micro-/nano architectures in MOF membrane accelerate oil-water separation
Oil pollutions have been generated by the petroleum, steel, and textile industries and the frequent oil spills during oil transportation and have been becoming critical global environmental and economic. (2018-10-09)
Clean Water Act dramatically cut pollution in US waterways
The 1972 Clean Water Act has driven significant improvements in US water quality, according to the first comprehensive study of water pollution over the past several decades, by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Iowa State University. (2018-10-09)
Easter Island inhabitants collected freshwater from the ocean's edge in order to survive
Ancient inhabitants of Rapa Nui (Easter Island) maintained a society of thousands by utilizing coastal groundwater discharge as their main source of 'freshwater,' according to new research from a team of archaeologists including faculty at Binghamton University, State University at New York. (2018-10-08)
Larger cities have smaller water footprint than less populated counterparts
Global sustainability is important now more than ever due to increasing urban populations and the resulting stress it can have on natural resources. (2018-10-05)
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