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Lake ecologists see winter as a key scientific frontier: Study finds life under the ice is vibrant, complex and surprisingly active

Lake ecologists see winter as a key scientific frontier: Study finds life under the ice is vibrant, complex and surprisingly active | Water and Science | Scoop.it

As long as ecologists have studied temperate lakes, the winter has been their off-season. It's difficult, even dangerous, to look under the ice, and they figured plants, animals and algae weren't doing much in the dark and cold anyway. But an international team of 62 scientists looking at more than 100 lakes has concluded that life under the ice is vibrant, complex and surprisingly active. Their findings stand to complicate the understanding of freshwater systems just as climate change is warming lakes around the planet.

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'Sweet' solution kills E. coli in drinking water

'Sweet' solution kills E. coli in drinking water | Water and Science | Scoop.it

Paper strips laced with sugar could be the sweetest solution so far, literally, to kill E. coli in contaminated water. A researcher says the “DipTreat” discovery will be key to developing a new generation of inexpensive and portable water treatment devices, with human health benefits in Canada and around the world.

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Are synthetic fleece and other types of clothing harming our water?

Are synthetic fleece and other types of clothing harming our water? | Water and Science | Scoop.it
When washed, they shed microscopic plastic fibers into rivers and oceans.
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Colorado River Delta flows help birds, plants, groundwater

Colorado River Delta flows help birds, plants, groundwater | Water and Science | Scoop.it

Two growing seasons after the engineered spring flood of 2014, the Colorado River Delta’s birds, plants and groundwater continue to benefit, according to a report.

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Research Team Prototypes Spacecraft Propelled by Water

Research Team Prototypes Spacecraft Propelled by Water | Water and Science | Scoop.it
What would you explore if you owned your own spacecraft? The rings of Saturn? The surface of Mars? Research conducted by Cornell University’s Cislunar Explorers could soon make these dreams a reality. By trying to create a spacecraft capable of using water as rocket fuel, Prof. Mason Peck, mechanical and aerospace engineering, and his team […]
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The Southwest Will Probably Suffer a Crippling Megadrought This Century

The Southwest Will Probably Suffer a Crippling Megadrought This Century | Water and Science | Scoop.it

There's a 70 to 99 percent chance of it happening by 2100.

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Desalinated sea water linked to iodine deficiency disorders

Desalinated sea water linked to iodine deficiency disorders | Water and Science | Scoop.it
Desalination can dramatically increase the prevalence of inadequate iodine intake, new research suggests. An estimated 300 million people worldwide rely on over 17,000 desalination plants in 150 countries for water, and the numbers are likely to grow.
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New cooling method for supercomputers to save millions of gallons of water

New cooling method for supercomputers to save millions of gallons of water | Water and Science | Scoop.it
A prototype cooling system for supercomputer data centers is expected to save hundreds of millions of gallons of water if widely adopted, say researchers.
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How much do perfumes pollute? Pioneering study in the canals of Venice: A pioneering study in the canals of Venice

How much do perfumes pollute? Pioneering study in the canals of Venice: A pioneering study in the canals of Venice | Water and Science | Scoop.it
Researchers have been investigating the canals to look for traces of these molecules which are referred to as 'perfumes ' in the ingredients of products that we use daily.
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I did not know that Venice was a city without sewers! 
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Rainwater-harvesting billboards offer lifeline to India's drought-hit farmers

Rainwater-harvesting billboards offer lifeline to India's drought-hit farmers | Water and Science | Scoop.it
Vodafone’s billboards store up to 2,000 litres of water and are fitted with sensors to alert collection teams who transport the rainwater to rural farmers
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The demise of the Maya civilization: Water shortage can destroy cultures: Interplay between society and hydrological effects

The demise of the Maya civilization: Water shortage can destroy cultures: Interplay between society and hydrological effects | Water and Science | Scoop.it
Water reservoirs provide relief during short periods of drought. They can, however, make a society even more vulnerable to major catastrophes, if the population keeps growing without changing their habits. New models suggest that this could have caused the demise of the Maya civilization.
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Study: Some reusable water bottles are as dirty as a toilet seat

Study: Some reusable water bottles are as dirty as a toilet seat | Water and Science | Scoop.it
Would you lick your toilet? Well, if research from TreadmillReviews.net is correct, the water bottles we’re constantly refilling may be just as bad for you. The website reports that researchers lab-tested reusable water bottles after each had been used by an athlete for a week.
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David Sedlak: 4 ways we can avoid a catastrophic drought

David Sedlak: 4 ways we can avoid a catastrophic drought | Water and Science | Scoop.it
David Sedlak talks about how cities can build reliable water supplies that can withstand drought and climate change As the world's climate patterns continue to
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In Tiny Spaces, Boiling Water Stays Solid - D-brief

In Tiny Spaces, Boiling Water Stays Solid - D-brief | Water and Science | Scoop.it

Using carbon nanotubes, researchers from MIT report that water molecules stay solid even when raised to temperatures above the boiling point.

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People power: Technology allows smartphone-based water testing

People power: Technology allows smartphone-based water testing | Water and Science | Scoop.it

Ever wondered what's in the neighborhood pond? Technology developed by researchers at the University of Houston will allow you to test for waterborne pathogens by using your smartphone.

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Microplastics in agricultural soils: A reason to worry?

Microplastics in agricultural soils: A reason to worry? | Water and Science | Scoop.it

Microplastics are increasingly seen as an environmental problem of global proportions. While the focus to date has been on microplastics in the ocean and their effects on marine life, microplastics in soils have largely been overlooked. Researchers are concerned about the lack of knowledge regarding potential consequences of microplastics in agricultural landscapes from application of sewage sludge.

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Ozone pen zaps water potable wherever you wander

Ozone pen zaps water potable wherever you wander | Water and Science | Scoop.it

The Roving Blue O-Pen supports world travellers and nomads by keeping drinking water clean and fresh. In contrast to more common purification means, like UV rays, this pen-sized purification device kills microorganisms with the stuff that blocks those UV rays in the atmosphere: ozone.

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Beer batteries: Colorado researchers use brewery wastewater to produce electrodes

Beer batteries: Colorado researchers use brewery wastewater to produce electrodes | Water and Science | Scoop.it

Utility industry news, voices and jobs for energy industry professionals. Optimized for your mobile phone.

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Lawn device inspired by stream of water consciousness

The classic suburban challenge of keeping the lawn green sparked the idea behind Sprinkl, a startup led by Noel Geren. Two years ago, the serial entrepreneur from the Dallas area launched the company. It makes a smart irrigatio

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These stunning images show what the global water crisis looks like

These stunning images show what the global water crisis looks like | Water and Science | Scoop.it
Photographer Mustafa Abdulaziz traveled to nine countries to examine the world's water crisis.
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Drugs in the water? Don't blame the students: Study shows down-the-drain disposal is not a major source of pharmaceutical pollution

A new study contradicts the common assumption that down-the-drain disposal is an important source of pharmaceutical pollution in wastewater.
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Coca-Cola says it now replenishes all the water it uses

Coca-Cola says it now replenishes all the water it uses | Water and Science | Scoop.it
Long accused of depriving local communities of water, the Coca-Cola corporation now says that it replenishes all of the water that it uses globally.
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With Water In Short Supply, One California Farmer Grows Feed Indoors

With Water In Short Supply, One California Farmer Grows Feed Indoors | Water and Science | Scoop.it
The extended drought in California has farmers looking for ways to use less water. Among them, growing feed indoors using hydroponics. The new diet is making some Central Valley sheep very happy.
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​Why the British Navy Needs Special Tea

​Why the British Navy Needs Special Tea | Water and Science | Scoop.it
The water onboard a warship makes a different kind of brew.
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It's the little things in life!
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