Firefighting foam sheds light on ‘forever chemicals’ in water

A new study that clarifies how "forever chemicals" behave in soil and water could help identify wells and waterways at risk for contamination.

Kevin Stacey-Brown • futurity
Oct. 19, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: pollution water soil earth-and-environment

Rainy days can send nitrogen runoff to rivers

Heavy rain events, which happen just a few days each year, have an outsize role in sending nitrogen runoff into waterways, computer modeling indicates.

Fred Love-Iowa State • futurity
Sept. 22, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: pollution agriculture water rain nitrogen earth-and-environment fertilizer

Was our planet always wet?

The building blocks of our planet may have been the source of water on Earth rather than comets or asteroids from faraway, researchers report.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL • futurity
Sept. 1, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space planets water meteorites asteroids science-and-technology

Device speeds up tests for lead in water

The cheap device could also allow people to easily and swiftly test their water supplies for lead contamination, researchers say.

Todd Bates-Rutgers • futurity
Aug. 27, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: pollution water lead sensors health-and-medicine

Dwarf planet Ceres may have salty water inside

Bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres point to briny resevoirs below its surface, researchers say.

Robert Sanders-UC Berkeley • futurity
Aug. 12, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: water dwarf-planets asteroids science-and-technology salt

Scientists watch water leave a crystalline sponge

Observations let researchers "see" when and how three individual water molecules left a crystalline sponge as it dried out.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo • futurity
Aug. 5, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: water materials-science science-and-technology crystals

Carbon dioxide threatens life in the Gulf of Mexico

Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the Gulf of Mexico are putting commercial fishing and marine life at risk, researchers warn.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: conservation water fish carbon-dioxide fishing oceans gulf-of-mexico earth-and-environment

21st century Texas climate will rival ‘megadroughts’

Thanks to climate change, Texas will soon face the driest conditions in 1,000 years, researchers report.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M • futurity
July 9, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: climate-change water temperature texas earth-and-environment droughts

Plants kill cells so they don’t pop

To stop their cells from exploding after a downpour, plants trigger them to self-destruct. Now researchers know more about how.

Marta Wegorzewska-WUSTL • futurity
June 18, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: water plants rain cells science-and-technology

Can space rocks on a distant asteroid explain Earth’s water?

Tiny meteoroids on a far off asteroid could explain how we got both water and "stardust" on Earth.

Brandie Jefferson-WUSTL • futurity
June 12, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: space water stars asteroids science-and-technology

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