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Plastic to ride: Indonesians swap bottles for bus tickets

Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018 by

Indonesia’s second-largest city has come up with a novel way to encourage its residents to recycle waste: giving free bus rides in exchange for used plastic bottles. Under the scheme launched by Surabaya in April, commuters can ride red city buses by […]

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Removing Toxic Fluorinated Chemicals From Your Home’s Tap Water

Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2018 by

The family of fluorinated compounds known as PFAS chemicals includes more than 4,700 chemicals—some linked to cancer, thyroid disease, weakened immunity and developmental defects, and others whose health effects are unknown. One thing’s for sure: You don’t want them in your body. But many questions remain unanswered. More research is urgently needed to better […]

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Roof-to-Garden: How to Irrigate with Rainwater

Posted on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 by

T The average American household uses about 320 gallons of water per day, a third for irrigation and other outdoor uses. Collecting the water flowing down your downspouts in rainstorms so you can use it to irrigate in dry periods is […]

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‘Toilet to tap’ water nearly matches bottled H20 in taste test, California university researchers discover

Posted on Friday, August 17th, 2018 by

Saddled with the “toilet to tap” label, recycled water still has a bit of an image problem. But in a blind taste test, UC Riverside researchers found that people prefer its flavor over tap water and that they like it as much as bottled water. Intuitively, that may sound crazy. But it makes […]

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Water can be 2 different liquids

Posted on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018 by

We all know water, right? It’s two hydrogen atoms and an oxygen atom bonded together. We need it to live, so we try and conserve it and keep it clean. We also bottle it, flavor it and debate whether sparkling or mineral water is better. But that’s all on the surface, really. It turns out […]

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New drinking water solution launched at ADB as first customer in PH market

Posted on Thursday, June 28th, 2018 by

A hydropanel that only needs sunlight and air to make potable water is now available in the Philippines. On Thursday, Green Heat Corporation launched the technology called SOURCE Hydropanel™, with Asian Development Bank (ADB) as their first customer for it. Developed by a United States-based company Zero Mass Water, Inc. (ZMW), SOURCE combines […]

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Amazing new water harvester turns air into fresh water, even in the desert

Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2018 by

Water harvesting involves technology with the miraculous ability to net water from the air and transform it into the drinkable stuff. It’s a concept that has always been practical in humid regions, where the air is moist. But water harvesting models rarely make sense in arid desert regions. That is, until now. A team […]

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How ‘toilet to tap’ water is made

Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 by

Researchers gave bottled water, recycled wastewater from the tap, and conventional tap water to 143 participants and asked them to rate the waters without knowing where they came from. (Photo: People Image Studio/Shutterstock) Recycled wastewater is safe to drink, but the thought of drinking water that once ran through the kitchen sink or the toilet […]

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36 eye-opening facts about water

Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 by

In 1993, the United Nations General Assembly designated March 22 as the first World Water Day. And with good reason – without water, we’d be nothing. Just dust. Water is one of the most common substances on earth, and one of the most vital; it’s a tremendously valuable resource, yet one we squander and […]

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New water-splitting method could open path to hydrogen economy

Posted on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018 by

Washington State University researchers have found a way to more efficiently generate hydrogen from water — an important key to making clean energy more viable. Using inexpensive nickel and iron, the researchers developed a very simple, five-minute method to create large amounts of a high-quality catalyst required for the chemical reaction to split water. They […]

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