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Water Analysis – News and Features

Spherical bacterial particles connected together in long chains.

Antibiotic Resistance Identified in Places Where It Was Previously Unseen

Antibiotic resistance genes are more widespread in our environment than previously thought, with new research indicating bacteria in almost all environments carry resistance genes.
A stream surrounded by grass and rocks.

River Diversions Impact Microplastic Lifecycles

Diverting streams and rivers can have significant impact on how long it takes microplastic particles to reach the open sea.
Tiny ocean microbes.

Warming Climate Could Flip Ocean Microbes From Carbon Sinks to Carbon Emitters

New research finds that a warming climate could flip globally abundant microbial communities from carbon sinks to carbon emitters, potentially triggering climate change tipping points.
A 3D model of a human brain cut in half.

Metabolic Sensor May Play a Role in Alzheimer’s Disease

Scientists have uncovered a novel mechanism that shows increased sugar intake and elevations in blood glucose are sufficient to cause amyloid plaque buildup in the brain, which increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
A rock plateau above a Norwegian fjord.

Benefit of Coastal Ecosystems as CO2 Gas Sinks Partly Counteracted by Their Other Emissions

Coastal ecosystems emit methane and nitrous oxide and act as a sink for carbon dioxide. New findings of the greenhouse gas balance of these ecosystems around the world show them to act as a net greenhouse gas sink.
Macro photography of a water splash.

Recyclable Powder Can Kill Thousands of Waterborne Bacteria per Second When Exposed to Sunlight

A low-cost recyclable powder has been developed that can kill thousands of waterborne bacteria per second when exposed to sunlight, which researchers hope could help populations that don't have access to clean water.
A snow globe showing a city surrounded by microplastics.

Microplastics: The Snowflakes of the Plastic World

Science writer Kerry Taylor-Smith takes a deep dive into the persistent problem of microplastics.
A gloved hand holding two capped test tubes filled with blood.

Self-Collected PFAS Blood Tests Could Help To Detect Hazards Earlier

A self-collected finger-prick blood test could make testing for PFAS in blood easier and more accessible, helping to detect related detrimental health conditions earlier.
A strand of DNA.

We Can Collect Human DNA From Almost Everywhere – But Is It Ethical?

A new study has shown how easy it is to find human DNA in the environment and has also highlighted the ethical dilemma behind how we use the information found in environmental DNA.
Two transparent pots filled with urine.

Urine Collection Systems in Sub-Saharan Cities Could Benefit the Environment and Food Production

A recent study showed that urine is the main source of nitrogen losses in sub-Saharan African city regions, which could cause environmental eutrophication.