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Water Analysis – News and Features

A prison scene.

Drinking Water in U.S. Prisons May Have Dangerously High Levels of PFAS

A new paper finds that 47% of America’s carceral facilities are in watersheds that are likely contaminated with PFAS, while 5% of the facilities are in watersheds already known to carry dangerously high levels of PFAS.
A group of people clink together some glasses of beer.

Beer Byproduct Used in Marmite Can Also Recycle Electronic Waste

Brewer’s yeast – a byproduct of beer making that is also the basis for Marmite – could help recover metals from waste electronics.
Microplastics in the ocean.

New Technology Can Remove Microplastics From Water With 94% Efficiency

University of Waterloo researchers have created a new technology that can remove harmful microplastics from contaminated water with 94 per cent efficiency.
Foam on leaves.

New Lateral Flow Test Rapidly Detects Harmful “Forever Chemicals” in Drinking Water

MIT chemists have designed a sensor that detects tiny quantities of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) — chemicals found in food packaging, nonstick cookware, and many other consumer products.
A man in a field spraying pesticides.

New Metal-Organic Framework Can Completely Remove Dangerous Weedkiller From Groundwater

Scientists led by an Oregon State University chemistry researcher are closing in on a new tool for tackling the global problem of weedkiller-tainted groundwater.
A water droplet hits the water's surface.

Harmful “Forever Chemicals” Removed From Water With New Electrocatalysis Method

Nanocatalysts could be used to remove harmful PFAS chemicals from water.
Child drinking tap water from a reusable water bottle.

Improved Persistent Organic Pollutants Analysis for a Safer Global Environment

Persistent organic pollutants (POPs) are toxic chemicals that threaten human health and cause environmental deterioration. This article highlights the potential of trapped ion mobility spectrometry (TIMS) for improved POPs analysis.
A mosquito.

Deforestation Linked to Malaria Deaths

New research suggests forests can provide natural protection against disease transmission, particularly for the most vulnerable children.
A copper-metal kettle whistling out steam on a gas stove

Concerned About Microplastics in Your Water? Consider Boiling It First

A new study has found that boiling water traps microplastic particles inside the limescale deposits that build up on a kettle’s inner surfaces, reducing a person's exposure to microplastics.
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Industry Insight

Using Gravity To Separate T Cells Could Speed Up Cancer Treatment

While traditional methods of cell sorting come with several challenges, microbubbles are simple to use and can separate cells without causing harm. Technology Networks spoke to Dr. Brandon McNaughton, CEO and co-founder of Akadeum to find out more about this technology, its applications and how it could improve cancer treatment.