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Changes are needed to fund US water infrastructure
Water infrastructure in the western United States was funded in the early and mid-20th Century by federal financing through the Bureau of Reclamation, but such financing has declined in recent decades and there has been increased interest in alternative approaches to infrastructure funding. (2018-09-19)
Silver nanoparticles are toxic for aquatic organisms
Silver nanoparticles are increasingly being used in consumer products, such as clothing and personal care products, in the medical and pharmaceutical industry, and in the food industry. (2018-09-18)
3D electron microscopy uncovers the complex guts of desalination membranes
Careful sample preparation, electron tomography and quantitative analysis of 3D models provides unique insights into the inner structure of reverse osmosis membranes widely used for salt water desalination wastewater recycling and home use, according to a team of chemical engineers. (2018-09-17)
Novel framework to address uncertainty in water management
IIASA researchers have developed a general decision-making framework to support policy decisions on the management of water resources, which, for the first time, explicitly takes into account the associated uncertainties. (2018-09-14)
NASA looks at Hurricane Helene's water vapor concentration
When NASA's Terra satellite passed over the Eastern Atlantic Ocean on Sept. (2018-09-12)
Climate-induced soil changes may cause more erosion and flash flooding
The Earth beneath our feet isn't usually the first thing that comes to mind when people think about the impacts of climate change. (2018-09-12)
Change your diet to save both water and your health
Shifting to a healthy diet is not only good for us, but it also saves a lot of fresh water, according to a new study by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC), published in Nature Sustainability. (2018-09-10)
Not too wet, not too dry: plasma-treated fuel cell gets it just right
Fuel cells hold promise as a clean, renewable source of energy. (2018-09-06)
Fast vs slow water: explaining the fragile-to-strong transition
A Japanese research team led by The University of Tokyo investigated the fragile-to-strong transition of water. (2018-09-04)
Water worlds could support life, study says
The conditions for life surviving on planets entirely covered in water are more fluid than previously thought, opening up the possibility that water worlds could be habitable, according to a new paper from the University of Chicago and Pennsylvania State University. (2018-08-31)
Engineered sand zaps storm water pollutants
University of California, Berkeley, engineers have created a new way to remove contaminants from storm water, potentially addressing the needs of water-stressed communities that are searching for ways to tap the abundant and yet underused source of fresh drinking water. (2018-08-30)
Beavers have an impact on the climate
A rising water level affects the interaction between beaver ponds, water and air, as well as the carbon balance of the zone of ground closest to water. (2018-08-29)
Drought increases CO2 concentration in the air
ETH researchers have shown that during drier years the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rises faster because stressed ecosystems absorb less carbon. (2018-08-29)
Water vapor annealing technique on diamond surfaces for next-generation power devices
The existing surface termination technique using hydrogen to stabilize the diamond's structure for application in electronic power devices results in two-dimensional hole gas layers (2DHG). (2018-08-27)
Algae a threat to walleye vision, study finds
Walleye and the fish they eat struggle to see in water clouded by algae, and that could potentially jeopardize the species' future if harmful algal blooms persist, according to a new study. (2018-08-27)
Kelp forests function differently in warmer oceans
The dynamics of kelp forests in the North-East Atlantic will experience a marked change as ocean warming continues and warm-water kelp species become more abundant, according to new research. (2018-08-24)
Producing hydrogen from splitting water without splitting hairs
Summary In our energy-hungry society, finding cheaper ways of producing and storing energy is a constant battle. (2018-08-24)
Kelp forests function differently in warming ocean
Kelp forests in the UK and the wider North-East Atlantic will experience a marked change in ecosystem functioning in response to continued ocean warming and the increase of warm-water kelp species, according to a new study led by a team from the Marine Biological Association and the University of Plymouth. (2018-08-23)
Algal blooms a threat to small lakes and ponds, too
Harmful algae isn't just a problem for high-profile bodies of water -- it poses serious, toxic threats in small ponds and lakes as well, new research has found. (2018-08-23)
The world's cleanest water droplet
The 'molecular dirt' found on any surface can change the properties of the material. (2018-08-23)
When irrigation efficiency increases, so does water use
Increased irrigation efficiency does not necessarily lead to reduced agricultural water consumption -- a paradox largely ignored by the public policies that seek to reconcile high water demands amid finite water supply. (2018-08-23)
NASA water vapor data shows cimaron making landfall in Japan
NASA's Terra satellite provided a look at water vapor Typhoon Cimaron and found the strongest storms displaced from the center as it began a landfall in southeastern Japan. (2018-08-23)
NASA looks at water vapor in Typhoon Soulik
NASA's Aqua satellite provided a look at water vapor in Typhoon Soulik as it passed just south of Japan. (2018-08-22)
Water monitor
A recent study that used seismic noise to measure the size and the water levels in underground aquifers in California. (2018-08-22)
Less drain on freshwater supplies with seawater fuel discovery
Researchers have found that seawater can replace freshwater to produce the sustainable fuel Bioethanol, reducing the need to drain precious resources. (2018-08-21)
Scientists discover first direct evidence of surface exposed water ice on the Moon
A team of scientists led by researchers from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology (SOEST) found the first direct evidence for the surface exposed water ice in permanently shaded regions (PSRs) of the Moon. (2018-08-21)
Typhoon Soulik's large eye wide open on NASA satellite imagery
When NASA's Terra satellite passed over Typhoon Soulik in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean on Aug. (2018-08-20)
Future filters
UCSB chemical engineers uncover ways to pattern solid surfaces to enhance how water interacts with them (2018-08-20)
NASA analyzes Typhoon Soulik's water vapor
NASA's Terra satellite looked at water vapor and cloud top temperatures when it passed over the recently strengthened Typhoon Soulik in the Northwestern Pacific Ocean. (2018-08-17)
Water-worlds are common: Exoplanets may contain vast amounts of water
Scientists have shown that water is likely to be a major component of those exoplanets (planets orbiting other stars) which are between two to four times the size of Earth. (2018-08-17)
Electrospraying a better desalinization membrane
Following 30 years during which the membrane hasn't changed much, researchers have introduced a new method for making the membranes used to turn saltwater fresh. (2018-08-16)
Water use for fracking has risen by up to 770 percent since 2011
The amount of water used per well for fracking surged by up to 770 percent between 2011 and 2016 in all major US shale gas- and oil-producing regions, a Duke University study finds. (2018-08-15)
A steady increase in the water footprint at US fracking sites
Water use for hydraulic fracturing (commonly referred to as 'fracking') in the US has been increasing at individual facilities in recent years, even as unconventional oil and gas production has more broadly declined, a new study reports. (2018-08-15)
California water managers vary in use of climate science
Lack of climate change adaptation among water utilities can put water supplies and the people dependent on them at risk, especially in marginalized communities, a new University of California, Davis, paper suggests. (2018-08-14)
The behavior of water: scientists find new properties of H2O
A team of scientists has uncovered new molecular properties of water -- a discovery of a phenomenon that had previously gone unnoticed. (2018-08-13)
Amazingly 'green' synthesis method for high-tech dyes
Dyes that are also of great interest for organic electronics have recently been prepared and crystallized at TU Wien. (2018-08-10)
A land model with groundwater lateral flow, water use, and soil freeze-thaw front dynamics
Scientists synchronously incorporated the schemes of anthropogenic water regulation, groundwater lateral flow and the movement of soil frost and thaw fronts into a land surface model, which is then named the Land Surface Model for Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS-LSM). (2018-08-10)
How ions gather water molecules around them
Charged particles in aqueous solutions are always surrounded by a shell of water molecules. (2018-08-09)
Good news for fishermen: Browning impacts fish less than expected
Water color is getting darker in lakes across the planet. (2018-08-08)
There and back again: Mantle xenon has a story to tell
Volatiles -- such as water, carbon dioxide and the noble gases -- come out of the earth's interior through volcanism and may be injected into the mantle from the atmosphere, a pair of processes called mantle degassing and regassing. (2018-08-08)
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