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Water is more homogeneous than expected
In order to explain the known anomalies in water, some researchers assume that water consists of a mixture of two phases even under ambient conditions. (2019-02-20)
Nano-droplets are the key to controlling membrane formation
The creation of membranes is of enormous importance in biology, but also in many chemical applications developed by humans. (2019-02-18)
Scholar to talk about household water insecurity
A Northwestern anthropology professor will discuss the first cross-culturally equivalent measurement of household water insecurity (2019-02-15)
UBC researchers develop diagnostic tool for detecting cryptosporidium
Using a small and inexpensive biosensor, researchers in the School of Engineering have developed a novel low-cost technique that quickly and accurately detects cryptosporidium contamination in water samples. (2019-02-14)
Carbonaceous chondrites provide clues about the delivery of water to Earth
An international study led by researchers from the Institute of Space Sciences, from the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Institut d'Estudis Espacials de Catalunya has discovered that carbonaceous chondrites, a class of meteorites, incorporated hydrated minerals along with organic material from the protoplanetary disk before the formation of planets. (2019-02-14)
New device simplifies measurement of fluoride contamination in water
Seeking to address fluoride contamination in drinking water, chemical engineers at EPFL have developed a portable and user-friendly device that can measure fluoride concentration accurately and reliably. (2019-02-11)
Scientists advance new technology to protect drinking water from Lake Erie algal toxins
Microbiologist Dr. Jason Huntley identified groups of bacteria in Lake Erie that degrade microcystin and can be used to naturally purify water. (2019-02-11)
Scientists develop metal-free photocatalyst to purify pathogen-rich water in minutes
Scientists across the world have been racking their brains to solve the global problem of clean water scarcity. (2019-02-07)
Ramped up efforts needed to protect the world's inland waters
Surface water protection is well below global targets in over half of the world's countries, according to a new study from the Joint Research Centre, the European Commission's science and knowledge service. (2019-02-05)
Where does this contamination come from?
Researchers at TU Wien have developed a simple method for detecting water contamination from ruminants directly at source, using a simple DNA test. (2019-02-04)
Antarctic meltwater streams shed light on longstanding hydrological mystery
In one of the coldest, driest places on Earth, CU Boulder scientists have developed a possible answer to a longstanding mystery about the chemistry of streamflow, which may have broad implications for watersheds and water quality around the world. (2019-02-01)
First 'OSNAP' results alter understanding of Atlantic overturning circulation variability
Contradicting the prevailing view on what causes major changes to a climate-regulating ocean circulation pattern in the northern hemisphere, the first results from the 'OSNAP' project, an internationally collaborative effort designed to monitor large-scale ocean dynamics, report that deep water formation in the Labrador Sea does not drive Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC) variability. (2019-01-31)
Study of brine discharge from desalination plant finds good news and bad news
Before the Carlsbad Desalination Plant in Southern California began operations in 2015, scientists at UC Santa Cruz recognized an important opportunity to study the effects of the high-salinity brine that would be discharged from the plant into coastal waters. (2019-01-31)
UH marine mammal research captures rare video of newborn humpback whale
A rare video, captured by the University of Hawaii at Manoa's Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP) in January 2019 shows a humpback whale calf so new that its dorsal fin and tail flukes appear soft and flimsy, and its mother is still excreting blood, while sometimes supporting the calf on her back. (2019-01-31)
River levels tracked from space
The 4,300 kilometer Mekong River is a lifeline for South-East Asia. (2019-01-29)
Properties of 'wonder material' graphene change in humid conditions
Graphene exhibits very different properties in humid conditions, according to researchers from Queen Mary University of London. (2019-01-21)
Environmental 'time bomb' warning for world's groundwater reserves
Future generations could be faced with an environmental 'time bomb' if climate change is to have a significant effect on the world's essential groundwater reserves. (2019-01-21)
Millions of Americans exposed to elevated nitrate levels in drinking water
More than 5.6 million Americans are exposed to nitrate in drinking water at levels that could cause health problems. (2019-01-17)
What is clean breathing water?
Researchers from Arizona State University and Drexel University have developed a more detailed framework for understanding and managing the risk of transmitting a bacterial disease via water spray from sinks, showers and toilets. (2019-01-16)
Bear necessities: New study highlights importance of water resources for Andean bears
A new study highlights the importance of water for Andean bears living in the mountain forests of Peru. (2019-01-15)
Tap or bottled? Water composition impacts health benefits of tea
Here's to sipping a cupful of health: Green tea steeped in bottled water has a more bitter taste, but it has more antioxidants than tea brewed using tap water, according to new Cornell University food science research published in Nutrients. (2019-01-14)
A microbial hot spring in your basement
Microbes that thrive in some of the most extreme places on Earth have discovered another cozy place to live -- inside homes across the United States. (2019-01-14)
Drinking water guidelines in the US vary widely from state to state
In response to the growing problem of drinking water contaminated with per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), a new analysis shows that many states are establishing their own guideline levels for two types of PFAS--PFOA and PFOS--that differ from federal guidelines. (2019-01-08)
Trees change inside as drought persists
James Cook University scientists in Australia have found that trees change their anatomy in response to prolonged drought. (2019-01-08)
Machine learning and quantum mechanics team up to understand water at the atomic level
Why is water densest at around 4 degrees Celsius? Why does ice float? (2019-01-07)
Long term ag change impacts stream water quality
A new study examines how the switch to conservation tillage has impacted a southwestern Ohio lake over the past decades. (2019-01-02)
Storage wars
One answer to our greenhouse gas challenges may be right under our feet: Soil scientists Oliver Chadwick of UC Santa Barbara and Marc Kramer of Washington State University have found that minerals in soil can hold on to a significant amount of carbon pulled from the atmosphere. (2019-01-02)
Collecting clean water from air, inspired by desert life
A pair of new studies from researchers at The Ohio State University offers a possible solution to water scarcity, inspired by nature. (2018-12-26)
Divining Roots: revealing how plants branch out to access water
New research has discovered how plant roots sense the availability of moisture in soil and then adapt their shape to optimise acquisition of water. (2018-12-21)
NUS study: In response to heat, the more affluent use air-conditioners; low-income households use water
An NUS study has revealed that Singapore households from different socioeconomic groups vary significantly in their use of water and electricity for the relief of heat. (2018-12-20)
Peanuts that do more with less water
Researchers are studying peanut varieties to find a 'water conservation' trait. (2018-12-19)
Narrowing the universe in the search for life
In the search for life on other planets, scientists traditionally have looked for a world with water. (2018-12-17)
Climate change leading to water shortage in Andes, Himalayas
Climate change could have devastating effects on vulnerable residents in the Andes mountains and the Tibetan plateau, according to researchers at The Ohio State University who have been studying glaciers in those areas for decades. (2018-12-17)
Microtube with built-in pump
Driven by natural or artificial sunlight, a novel 'microtube pump' transports water droplets over long distances. (2018-12-17)
Advancing the description of 'mysterious' water to improve drug design
Interactions with water dominate how drug molecules bind to targets, but it's tricky to model these interactions, limiting the accuracy of drug design. (2018-12-17)
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)
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