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Will future population growth be limited by freshwater availability?
The global human population is growing faster than the water supply. Investigators recently analyzed various models and trends to assess both optimistic and pessimistic projections of future water use and shortages. (2015-03-16)

Portland State research shows link between home styles and high water use
Affluent neighborhoods with lawns -- and occasionally swimming pools -- use up to 10 times more water than neighborhoods with higher density housing with less landscaping, according to a Portland State University study. (2017-05-03)

Cranfield looks at recycling attitudes
Cranfield University in England has conducted a major study into the public's attitude to recycling water. Water shortage is a serious issue so if ways were found to reduce domestic water consumption it would be a great benefit. (2000-08-16)

Research may lead to improvements in water use for crop irrigation
Two papers published in Irrigation and Drainage may help improve estimates of water requirements for crops, which will save water and minimize losses, allowing more land to be irrigated and subsequently more food to be produced. (2017-10-06)

Study: Involving the public in water policies is key to successful municipal water systems
Informing residents about local water issues and involving them in local water policies are the keys to building healthy and resilient city water systems, according to a Portland State University study. (2018-02-19)

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. In addition, water retention remained constant at 360 minutes after spraying. (2018-11-07)

US water initiatives will provide new insights on hydrology forecasts
A new article looks at how two recent developments, the Open Water Data Initiative, and the new National Water Center, have created a platform for the open sharing of water data in the United States. (2016-07-11)

We are drinking too much water
Our bodies need about two liters of fluids per day, not two liters of water specifically. In an editorial in the June issue of Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, Spero Tsindos from La Trobe University, examined why we consume so much water. (2012-06-05)

Biological sand filters, a practical approach to combat poverty and inequality
Microbiologically contaminated water plagues approximately 1.1 billion people in rural and peri-urban populations in developing countries. Roughly 2.2 million people without safe access to drinking water die each year from the consumption of unsafe water, and most of them are children under 5 years of age. (2008-09-24)

New conserve water educators guide now available
In the midst of one of the driest summers in many parts of the United States, the headquarters of The Watercourse and International Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) is releasing the Conserve Water Educators Guide, a new publication of The Watercourse's national water conservation education division. (2000-08-17)

Parsons preaches magnets
Dr Simon Parson from the School of Water Science at Cranfield University has been invited to speak at the keynote International Workshop on Chemical, Physical and Biological Processes under Magnetic Fields in Japan later this week. He will be talking about his pioneering work on anti-scale magnetic treatment devices. (1999-11-22)

Martian water vapor varies with the seasons
The potential for Mars' water to be lost into space is greater during the planet's warm and stormy seasons, according to a new study. (2020-01-09)

A sophisticated design to turn saltwater into freshwater
Scientists have developed an improved type of membrane for desalinating water. By controlling the evolution of the structures of the membrane, researchers were able to boost the water flux of a membrane by five-fold. The advancement also (2018-05-03)

New wood membrane provides sustainable alternative for water filtration
Inspired by the intricate system of water circulating in a tree, a team of researchers led by Princeton University, have figured out how to use a thin slice of wood as a membrane through which water vapor can evaporate, leaving behind salt or other contaminants. Most membranes that are used to distill fresh water from salty are made of polymers, which are derived from fossil fuels and are also difficult to recycle. (2019-08-02)

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)

The structural memory of water persists on a picosecond timescale
A team of scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research (MPI-P) in Mainz, Germany and FOM Institute AMOLF in the Netherlands have characterized the local structural dynamics of liquid water, i.e. how quickly water molecules change their binding state. Using innovative ultrafast vibrational spectroscopies, the researchers show why liquid water is so unique compared to other molecular liquids. (2015-09-18)

Glacial tap is open but the water will run dry
Glaciers are retreating at an unexpectedly fast rate according to research done in Peru's Cordillera Blanca by McGill doctoral student Michel Baraer. (2011-12-20)

Understanding the strange behavior of water
The properties of water have fascinated scientists for centuries, but yet its unique behavior remains a mystery. (2018-03-27)

Searching for the surface of water through a single molecule
By observing the spectroscopic behavior of single water molecules embedded in a super-cold, cage-like molecular structure, researchers have revealed key features that underlie the diffuse vibrational spectra of hydrogen-oxygen bonds that make studying the two-dimensional surface structure of water a challenge. (2019-04-18)

First-ever UN University diploma offered to grads of online water-management course
In an effort to help raise the quality of water management expertise worldwide, the United Nations University has authorized for the first time in its 26-year history a diploma to be granted to global graduates of a unique new online training program called the (2003-11-30)

Improving water security with blue, green, and gray water
With limited water and an increasing number of people depending on it, water security is tenuous. But integrated water management plans using (2013-10-03)

Plants use more water in soils leached by acid rain, West Virginia forest study shows
In one of the first long-term studies to explore how changing soils have impacted plant water uptake, researchers report that plants in soil leached by polluted rain drink more water. These findings reveal acid rain's long-term impact on large-scale forest water cycles, which is critical for understanding future water availability, and they could also help explain some of the (2019-07-31)

Clean drinking water for everyone
It's easy to purify clear water: just put it in transparent bottles for a few hours in the sun. Muddy water -- like that found in the developing world -- is another issue. Now a Michigan Tech researcher has devised a simple way to get the mud out. (2012-05-01)

Solar power with a free side of drinking water
An integrated system seamlessly harnesses sunlight to cogenerate electricity and fresh water. (2019-07-10)

Genetically manipulating plants can reduce their water needs
Improving the efficiency by which crops use water is a critical priority for regions facing increased drought or diminished groundwater resources. Now researchers have found that this can be achieved by genetically altering plants' stomata, the tiny openings on the leaf surface through which carbon dioxide is absorbed and water evaporates. (2015-03-16)

Artificial bio-inspired membranes for water filtration
Access to clean drinking water is considered to be one of the main challenges of the 21st century, and scientists have just opened a path to new filtration processes. Inspired by cellular proteins, they have developed membranes with asymmetric artificial channels in the interior, from which they were able to observe 'chiral' water. Chirality is a property that favors the flow of materials that are indispensable to filtration. (2018-03-26)

Scientists correct Amazon water level gauges from space
NASA's laser satellite, ICESat, has been used to make corrections to water level gauges that are critical in monitoring water flow in the Amazon, the world's largest river. The new study, conducted by scientists at the University of Bristol, will improve our understanding of water flows and floodplain processes. (2012-06-11)

NUS engineers create 'smart' aerogel that turns air into drinking water
Researchers from NUS Engineering have developed a new aerogel that autonomously absorbs water from the atmosphere and then releases it effortlessly without any external power source. This invention is a promising solution for sustainable, freshwater production. (2021-01-18)

Midwestern ethanol plants use much less water than western plants, U of Minnesota study says
Ethanol production in Minnesota and Iowa uses far less water overall than similar processes in states where water is less plentiful, a new University of Minnesota study shows. (2009-04-15)

Earth may always have been wet
The Earth is the only planet known to have liquid water on its surface, a fundamental characteristic when it comes to explaining the emergence of life. However, its origin is still debated. In the journal Science dated 28 August 2020, scientists from the CNRS and Université de Lorraine contribute to this debate by showing that most of the water present on the Earth today has probably been there right from the very beginning. (2020-08-27)

The secret of Dutch tapwater unveiled in new textbook
The public drinking water supply in the Netherlands is one of the best in the world. For this reason there is a lot of international interest in the Dutch (2007-02-27)

Clean or boiled tap water is as good as saline at cleaning acute wounds
Using drinkable tap water to clean wounds does not increase infection rates, according to the findings of a Cochrane Review. There is, however, no evidence that it reduces infection rates or increases healing rate over leaving the wound alone. (2008-01-22)

Local human activity altering global water footprint more than thought
After accounting for evapotranspiration and runoff due to local water management strategies, humans may be consuming more fresh water and altering the water cycle to a greater degree than previously thought, a new study suggests. (2015-12-03)

A missing link in water modeling
A process that is largely overlooked in earth system models may shape large-scale soil evaporation and plant transpiration more than scientists thought, a new study suggests, helping quantify the global water cycle. (2016-07-21)

Chilean scientists warn environmental costs of water roads
The interdisciplinary analysis presented this in Nature Sustaintability by researchers from four Chilean universities, recommends a global analysis in the design of these projects, reconciling the growing demand for water supply with the health of freshwater and marine ecosystems. (2020-05-02)

Experts gather at Mount Holyoke to consider water's crucial role in human life
Two dozen leading artists, scientists, scholars, writers, and activists from around the world will gather at Mount Holyoke for a three-day symposium March 31-April 2 exploring the political, environmental, and cultural meanings of water. (2005-03-15)

Outperforming nature's water filtration ability with nanotubes
At just the right size, carbon nanotubes can filter water with better efficiency than biological proteins, a new study reveals. (2017-08-24)

Drinking recycled water?
The Australian Government National Water Commission funded a study to establish an approach to assess the quality of water treated using managed aquifer recharge. Researchers at Australia's CSIRO Land and Water set out to determine if the en product would meet standard drinking water guidelines. (2011-01-06)

Water walking -- The new mode of rock skipping
Utah State University's Splash Lab not only reveals the physics of how elastic spheres interact with water, but it also lays the foundation for the future design of water-walking drones. (2019-04-23)

Bionic microrobot mimics the 'water strider' and walks on water
Scientists are reporting development of a new aquatic microrobot that mimics the amazing water-walking abilities of the water strider -- the long-legged insect that scoots across the surface of ponds, lakes and other waterways. The bionic microrobot incorporates improvements over previous devices of this kind that position it as a prime candidate for military spy missions, water pollution monitoring, and other applications, the scientists say. Their study appears in the journal, ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces. (2011-07-27)

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