Unsinkable metal structure mimics spiders and ants

Researchers have created an unsinkable metal structure with inspiration from diving bell spiders and rafts of fire ants.

Bob Marcotte-U. Rochester | Nov. 7, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology biomimicry hydrophobic-materials materials-science metals water

Drones keep an eye on tropical disease hotspots

To track schistosomiasis, researchers used to count snails—home to the worms that cause the disease. Drones might offer a better way.

Michelle Ma-Washington | Oct. 31, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: featured health-and-medicine infections parasites schistosomiasis snails water

Plants will make future river flooding way worse

The next time a river overflows its banks, don't just blame the rain. New research identifies another culprit: Leafy plants.

Brian Bell-UC Irvine | Oct. 25, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change floods plants rain water

Sewer water shows which illegal drugs countries use

Analyzing wastewater from around the world gives a clearer picture of illegal drug use trends in different cities.

Katherine Gombay-McGill | Oct. 23, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine addiction cities drugs water

Shift away from coal saves billions of gallons of water

Moving from coal to natural gas could help save a lot of water, but moving to renewables would use just a fraction of the water we use today for power.

Tim Lucas-Duke | Oct. 22, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment coal natural-gas renewable-energy sustainability water

Mars used to have salty lakes

Mars once had salt lakes, similar to some on Earth. Scientists now have an idea as to what happened to them.

Keith Randall-Texas A&M | Oct. 15, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology lakes mars planets salt space water

Putting a meniscus on micropillars could cool electronics

Researchers are perfecting a way to dissipate the heat through a unique process involving tiny liquid drops on top of an array of micropillars.

Beth Miller-WUSTL | Oct. 8, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electronics nanotechnology temperature water

Coal ash rule would risk putting carcinogen in water

Changing the 2015 Coal Ash Rule risks contaminating water across the country with arsenic, selenium, hexavalent chromium, preliminary findings show.

Tim Lucas-Duke | Oct. 7, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment health-and-medicine cancer coal pollution water

Why acute kidney injury strikes marathon runners

What's behind the acute kidney injury some marathon runners experience after a race? New research debunks one idea and points the finger elsewhere.

Johns Hopkins University | Sept. 13, 2019 | futurity
~9 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine athletes exercise kidneys running salt water

Climate change could make it harder for soil to soak up water

Climate change may make it harder for the soil to absorb water. That could have serious implications for food production and security, researchers warn.

Todd Bates-Rutgers | Sept. 12, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment climate-change food rain soil water

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