11-Year-Old Just Developed New Sensor to Detect Lead in Tap Water

photo: Gitanjali Rao Just Developed The First Sensor To Detect Lead In Tap Water—Proving Kids Are Awesome

Photograph courtesy of 3M

Proving kids are awesome. She was just named “America’s Next Top Scientist.”

The water crisis in Flint, Michigan, which revealed the city’s drinking water contained dangerous amounts of lead, has caused many people to be concerned about the quality of tap water across the country. One of those people is 11-year-old Gitanjali Rao from Lone Tree, Colorado.

The difference between this seventh grader and most others, … [more…]

Hawaiians have more than 200 words for rain

Hawaiians have more than 200 words for rain

Like the Islands themselves, ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi (the Hawaiian language) is a living, breathing part of the native culture. This reflection of the two, the symbiotic relationship between land and language, is displayed in details such as how many words and terms exist in Hawaiian for rain alone: more than 200. This breadth of rain names are specific, descriptive and highly nuanced—a reminder of how keenly and thoughtfully ancient Hawaiians observed

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Man using technology to improve water usage in farming

Man using technology to improve water usage in farming

LIVINGSTON, Mont. (AP) — In this Sept. 19, 2017 photo, Jeff Reed holds a wireless rain sensor, which helps reduce his draw of water from the Yellowstone River, in Montana. Reed makes use of the latest technology to reduce water use and improve soil quality on his land in Paradise Valley. (Nate Howard /Livingston Enterprise via AP)

Jeff Reed has made his living in technology including serving as chief technology … [more…]

The Curse of Plastic Ocean Waste Now Part of the Cure

The Curse of Plastic Ocean Waste Now Part of the Cure
photo: Caroline Chavarría, waterkeeper
Nicoya Peninsula Waterkeeper Carolina Chavarria has led the campaign against mainly plastic marine debris along her area’s beautiful beaches, and is now being helped by Bionic. Photos by Carolina Molina.

Much of the natural beauty around it remains intact but the town of Santa Teresa is no longer the undiscovered surfer’s paradise. Located near the southern tip of Costa Rica’s Nicoya Peninsula, Santa Teresa was once a sleepy village but

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Meet the teenager who solved his First Nation’s drinking water problems

photo: Quentin Rae works on First Nations water issue

A 19-year-old from North Spirit Lake First Nation is the key to solving a boil water advisory in place in his community for nearly as long as he has been alive. The remote First Nation, about 800 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Ontario, has been under a boil water advisory for 14 years. Now, a unique program spearheaded by the Northern Chiefs Council (Keewatinook Okimakanak), is allowing people like Quentin

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