‘Wizard of Oz’ experiment shows promise for smart sinks

A fake autonomous sink (with a researcher hidden behind a wall controlling things) proves there's potential for "smart sinks" to save water.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | Aug. 21, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured conservation design water

Fracking isn’t the worst way to get at oil and gas

"The amount of water injected and produced for conventional oil and gas production exceeds that associated with fracking... by well over a factor of 10."

Mari Jensen-Arizona | Aug. 20, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment fracking natural-gas oil sustainability water

Fewer sick kids when water pump gets chlorine dispenser

Chlorine dispensers at community water sources in Bangladesh reduce childhood diarrhea and provide good-tasting water.

Rob Jordan-Stanford | Aug. 19, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: health-and-medicine bangladesh childrens-health taste water

How human waste will help feed Mars astronauts

A long-term trip to Mars will require new ways to make food and water. In this podcast episode, an expert explains the trip and why human waste will be key.

ETH Zurich | Aug. 19, 2019 | futurity
~1 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology astronauts food mars space water

Red algae’s stolen genes may lead to new fuels

Genes that red algae stole from bacteria to better adapt to hot springs could pave the way for designer algae that make fuel or clean up pollution.

Todd Bates-Rutgers | Aug. 9, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology algae bacteria genes hot-springs water

Lake Tahoe shows microplastics aren’t just an ocean problem

Lake Tahoe, one of the clearest, cleanest lakes in the US, shows how that the issue of microplastics goes way beyond the oceans.

Kat Kerlin-UC Davis | Aug. 8, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment featured freshwater lake-tahoe oceans plastics pollution soil

Aloe has a trick that thirsty crops could use

Aloe and other succulents can thrive as houseplants despite little water. New research suggests a cellular trick of aloe's could lead to drought-proof crops.

Michael Skov Jensen-Copenhagen | Aug. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture cells climate-change droughts plants water

Team cracks mystery of Dead Sea summer ‘snow’

The Dead Sea's salty summer "snow" has been a mystery, but new research explains what's going on.

Sonia Fernandez-UCSB | Aug. 5, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology lakes salt snow water

Raise costs for water in cities to better handle droughts?

A new simulation shows how changing the incentives for using and storing water could help deal with droughts while also meeting demand.

Harrison Tasoff-UC Santa Barbara | Aug. 2, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment agriculture cities conservation droughts money rivers water

Water and ultra-thin metal generate electricity

"It's exciting to think about... coating the outside of building windows with metal nanolayers to obtain energy when it rains."

Megan Fellman-Northwestern | Aug. 1, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electricity metals nanotechnology water

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