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Water Analysis – News and Features

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How Do Bacteria Survive a Viral Epidemic?

Bacterial cells need social distancing to thwart viruses. But when they can't distance themselves, they can employ a genetic mechanism to protect themselves from disease.
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New Analysis Method Can Detect Forever Chemicals in Under Three Minutes

A new laboratory method can detect the presence of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), more commonly known as "forever chemicals," in a matter of minutes.
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Ultra-Sensitive Lead Detector Could Significantly Improve Water Quality Monitoring

A new lead sensor can detect lead down to the femtomolar range, one million times more sensitive than previous technologies, which could drastically improve water quality monitoring.
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Genomic Vigilance: The Key To Pandemic-Proofing Our Future

Neil Ward explores how genomic sequencing can help to strengthen global surveillance of AMR, protect existing antimicrobial therapies and safeguard the health of communities worldwide.

Rising Sea Levels Could Mean More Methane Emitted From Wetlands

As sea levels rise due to global warming, ecosystems are being altered. Scientists believed that the tidal wetlands found in estuaries might produce less methane. However, researchers indicate that these assumptions aren’t always true.

Trump White House "Dramatically" Deregulated US Wetlands and Streams

The 1972 Clean Water Act protects the "waters of the United States" but does not precisely define which streams and wetlands this phrase covers, leaving it to presidential administrations, regulators, and courts to decide.
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Injectable Water Filtration System Could Improve Access to Clean Drinking Water

A new portable water filtration system easily decontaminates water from streams and rivers to improve access to clean drinking water in remote or underdeveloped regions.
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Heavy Metal Exposure Could Deplete Eggs in Ovaries

Exposure to toxic heavy metals can lead to various harmful effects on the body. New research suggests middle-aged women in particular may face heightened risks.
Air bubbles in blue water.

New Material Can Remove Urea From Wastewater and Potentially Convert It Into Hydrogen Gas

Material constructed from nickel and cobalt atoms can remove urea from water and potentially convert it to hydrogen.
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New Material Could Convert Water Pollutants Into Hydrogen Gas

Researchers have developed a material to remove urea from water and potentially convert it into hydrogen gas. They have unlocked the potential to enable these transition metal oxides and hydroxides to selectively oxidize urea.