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Water Analysis – News and Features

A top-down view of a wastewater treatment plant.

Valuable Phosphorus Extracted and Recycled From Wastewater Sludge

Researchers have identified a method that uses a combination of heat, water and phase extraction to isolate phosphorus – an essential but non-renewable element with many industrial uses – from wastewater sludge.
A picture of cells and molecules within them.

Pushing the Boundaries in Mass Spectrometry

At this year’s ASMS, Technology Networks spoke with Steve Smith, vice president of discovery and development at Waters Corporation, to learn more about the company’s latest innovative product launches.
Side-view of rows of solar panels standing in a sunny field.

Renewable Solar Energy Can Help Purify Water, the Environment

Water remediation can be powered in part — and perhaps even exclusively — by renewable energy sources, according to a new analysis.
A large group of cows standing in a field

Eating Less Meat Is Better for the Environment

The environmental impacts of vegans are around a third of those with high-meat diets, a new study has found. The researchers also saw a 30% difference between high- and low-meat diets for most of the measures of environmental harm.
Algae growing on rocks.

How Does Blue-Green Algae Continue To Bloom Long After Their Food Source Has Disappeared?

Researchers are helping shed new light on how blue-green algae, or cyanobacteria blooms can continue long after their food source in the water has disappeared.
Blooms of red drift macroalgae stranding on the shoreline near Turkey Creek, an Indian River Lagoon tributary, during the study period.

It’s Sewage, Not Fertilizer Fueling Nitrogen Surge in Florida’s Indian River Lagoon

For decades, fertilizer use was thought to be the primary contributor to distress in the Indian River Lagoon. But following fertilizer restrictions, a new study suggests that sewage may be to blame.
Double helix structure of DNA.

Secret to Cholera Toxin's Activation Revealed by DNA-Binding Protein's Structural Elucidation

Scientists discover the atomic structure of a protein that regulates the virulence of the bacterium that causes cholera.
T cells.

PFAS Exposure Can Affect Immune Cells

A team of researchers has now shown that PFAS can also reduce the activity of human immune cells and thus impair health.
Representation of human cells.

Mast Cells Act Like a Sensor To Help Avoid Contact With Allergens

The function of mast cells is still a mystery. Scientists have now shown in mice that mast cells function as a sensor that signals the animals to avoid antigens, including harmful allergens, and thereby protect themselves from health-threatening inflammatory reactions.
A man filling a plastic cup from a public water spout.

Massachusetts Drinking Water May Contain Unsafe Levels of Manganese

A new stud has found that concentrations of manganese in a Massachusetts community’s drinking water often surpassed the maximum recommended levels of manganese stated in current guidelines.