New MIT water purification method eliminates even trace chemical waste and pesticides

photo: MIT's water-purifying Faradaic materials

Ridding water of tiny concentrations of pollutants isn’t easy. Typically, a lot of energy or chemicals are required to remove these dangerous contaminants – but that could change. Scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany have come up with an electrochemical process able to pull out toxins like chemical wastes, pharmaceuticals, or pesticides. Their process could help people in developing countries


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Embrace your passion for data and love of planet Earth: Become a NOAA citizen scientist! We’re always looking for volunteers to help our scientists and researchers observe the world around us. Does logging local weather conditions or surveying whales interest you? How about volunteering in a NOAA national marine sanctuary or research reserve?

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New USGS Field Method is a Breakthrough for Contaminant Analysis in Water Samples

The U.S. Geological Survey published a new report highlighting a portable continuous-flow centrifuge which aims to save time and money on contaminant analysis of particles suspended in water samples. A U.S. Geological Survey hydrologist holds a centrifuge bowl containing river suspended sediment for analysis of metals and organic chemicals. The sample was collected using a new in-field continuous-flow centrifugation technique to separate and collect suspended sediment from large volumes of


Scientists Race To Help Hawaii Corals Survive

Her time in the underwater wasteland has gotten easier these days for coral research diver Lindsey Kramer. Stationed in Kailua-Kona — ground zero for the worst recorded coral bleaching in state history in 2014 to 2016 — Kramer wept when she first witnessed the trails of telltale mucus drifting from pillared colonies that were 500 years in the making.

Some 80 percent of cauliflower corals are dead off West Hawaii.


Final EPA Study Confirms Fracking Contaminates Drinking Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released its widely anticipated final report on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, confirming that the controversial drilling process indeed impacts drinking water "under some circumstances." Notably, the report also removes the EPA’s misleading line that fracking has not led to "widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources."

Ray Kemble of Dimock, Pennsylvania, holds a jug