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Students Invent Water Purification Disc That Could Revolutionize Clean Water Access - Video 3min

Students Invent Water Purification Disc That Could Revolutionize Clean Water Access - Video 3min | Current Events | Scoop.it

Students at the University of Virginia have developed a new way of purifying water that they say could bring improved water quality for millions in the developing world.  It’s called a Madi Drop. Field testing begins this month in South Africa.

 

What’s created is called a MadiDrop – a ceramic disc infused with silver.

 

When dropped in water, silver ions, which are atoms that have an electrical charge,, are released to purify the water.  And, testing here at the University of Virginia shows clean, safe water.

 

“It’s not just about making a really great technology that effectively removes or kills bacteria and pathogens.  It’s about making a low cost, simple to use one, tailored to people in developing countries who don’t have many resources,” said Beeta Ehdaie, a doctoral candidate at UVA.


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Fernando Ortiz's insight:

This is great news. Something like this can be very helpful throughout the world. Especially countries with the lack of healthy water. However, with the technology of this, I am sure big corporations would try to get a hold of it. The big corporations would try to get a big profit off of this and I'm sure not many people would appreciate this.

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Ike Cerrada's curator insight, March 3, 2014 11:42 AM

Another potential scientific breakthrough. These are the issues that technology progress should address.

David Alexander's curator insight, March 10, 2014 3:39 PM

Innovation improving world health.  Now that's a cool thing.

Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, March 13, 2014 3:13 AM

Availability of safe drinking water is a huge problem in India. Once safe well water is now contaminated; so is river water. This technology is appropriate for India as well.

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Like a fortress: CA development promises security and surveillance ...

Like a fortress: CA development promises security and surveillance ... | Current Events | Scoop.it
California residents from across the state are flocking to a development community that has been advertised as the ideal place to raise a family because of extensive surveillance technology, security checkpoints, and other ...
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This sounds very  suspicious. "Privacy vs security"? Seriously, this is breaking the privacy of each citizen. Something like this reminds me of a book called, 1984. Cameras are being put everywhere throughout the United States; to the point where the government will know where we go, what we do, and what we talk about. I'm not really trusting in this "promise" CA wish to commit.

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ObamaCare menu mandate creates headache for restaurants - Fox News

ObamaCare menu mandate creates headache for restaurants - Fox News | Current Events | Scoop.it
ObamaCare menu mandate creates headache for restaurants
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I believe money is being wasted rather than helping the community. However, I do understand why something like would "somehow" help, but it is just ridiculous. If the statistics of the money thrown away is correct, then the whole thing would give me a headache too.

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Republicans object to Obama easing immigration rules for terror supporters - Fox News

Republicans object to Obama easing immigration rules for terror supporters - Fox News | Current Events | Scoop.it
Philly.com Republicans object to Obama easing immigration rules for terror supporters Fox News Roy Blunt on "Fox News Sunday" repeated the concerns of fellow Republicans and others about Obama repeatedly saying that "he can use his pen and his...
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If I read this correctly, then it seems like Obama is trying make his own law. If President Obama knows the risk, why is he willing to do it? I understand his actions, but what is he really planning in that head of his.? However, it is funny how the article bring terrorists into it; the U.S. not risking to “let loose” the immigrants, but we are also considered to be terrorists to other countries.

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Students Invent Water Purification Disc That Could Revolutionize Clean Water Access - Video 3min

Students Invent Water Purification Disc That Could Revolutionize Clean Water Access - Video 3min | Current Events | Scoop.it

Students at the University of Virginia have developed a new way of purifying water that they say could bring improved water quality for millions in the developing world.  It’s called a Madi Drop. Field testing begins this month in South Africa.

 

What’s created is called a MadiDrop – a ceramic disc infused with silver.

 

When dropped in water, silver ions, which are atoms that have an electrical charge,, are released to purify the water.  And, testing here at the University of Virginia shows clean, safe water.

 

“It’s not just about making a really great technology that effectively removes or kills bacteria and pathogens.  It’s about making a low cost, simple to use one, tailored to people in developing countries who don’t have many resources,” said Beeta Ehdaie, a doctoral candidate at UVA.


Via Sepp Hasslberger
Fernando Ortiz's insight:

This is great news. Something like this can be very helpful throughout the world. Especially countries with the lack of healthy water. However, with the technology of this, I am sure big corporations would try to get a hold of it. The big corporations would try to get a big profit off of this and I'm sure not many people would appreciate this.

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Ike Cerrada's curator insight, March 3, 2014 11:42 AM

Another potential scientific breakthrough. These are the issues that technology progress should address.

David Alexander's curator insight, March 10, 2014 3:39 PM

Innovation improving world health.  Now that's a cool thing.

Arun Shrivastava's curator insight, March 13, 2014 3:13 AM

Availability of safe drinking water is a huge problem in India. Once safe well water is now contaminated; so is river water. This technology is appropriate for India as well.

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Sitting linked to increased risk for disability, study shows - Fox News

Sitting linked to increased risk for disability, study shows - Fox News | Current Events | Scoop.it
Sitting linked to increased risk for disability, study shows Fox News For people over age 60, every extra hour of the day spent sitting is linked to an increased risk for developing life-altering physical disabilities, according to a new study from...
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This may be my opinion, but "health risk like this can sometimes be ridiculous. It could be that the article is trying to convince people to be active rather than just sitting at home everyday for every hour.

 

Also, the title of this article is very misleading because I assumed it involved only people 60 years and older. Before the closing of the article, it stated that "We did not look at people under age 60 because disability is so infrequent in that younger age group."

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Parched: California's drought woes worsen - U.S. News - NBC News

Parched: California's drought woes worsen - U.S. News - NBC News | Current Events | Scoop.it
Nearly 9 percent of California is experiencing "exceptional drought," officials reported Thursday, the first time since the measure has been kept that conditions have reached the highest level of alarm.
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The California drought is making headlines like celebrities going insane. The article makes it seem like it's never going to rain, but I will admit the fact that the drought will affect communities in California. If it's such a problem, I hear nothing of having a solution to the problem, just the problem with no solution.

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