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Hydroponic plants to detox PFAS-contaminated water

Conducted in partnership with CSIRO and the University of Western Australia, the research found that PFAS chemicals (per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances) can be removed from contaminated water via Australian native rushes — Phragmites australis, Baumea articulata, and Juncus kraussii. Phragmites australis, otherwise known as the common reed, removed legacy PFAS contaminants by 42-53 per cent …

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Tiny Sensor

Inhee Lee, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Pittsburgh, is part of a team developing a tracking system that could be attached to monarch butterflies and transmit data about their location all throughout the three month journey south. A paper detailing these findings recently won the Best Paper Award at …

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Sweet Spots in the Sea

Seagrasses form lush green meadows in many coastal areas around the world. These marine plants are one of the most efficient global sinks of carbon dioxide on Earth: One square kilometer of seagrass stores almost twice as much carbon as forests on land, and 35 times as fast. Now scientists from the Max Planck Institute …

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Photoelectric Smoke Alarm Detector

Questions & Answers Q1: What color is the indicator of photoelectric smoke alarm detector? As long as the battery is installed, does the indicator light turnon? A1: The indicator is red. During the work, the indicator flashes approximately every 45 seconds. Q2: What material and color is the cover? A2: It is made of ABS. …

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New Bacteria

The team showed for the first time that these deep-sea, plastic loving bacteria make up only 1% of the total bacterial community. Reporting their findings in the journal Environmental Pollution, the team found that these bacteria only stick to plastic and not the non-plastic control of stone. The research highlights these bacteria may be able …

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Climate Change

Despite being amongst the world’s most destructive extreme weather events, tropical cyclones are relatively rare. In a given year, only around 80-100 tropical cyclones form globally, most of which never make landfall. In addition, accurate global historical records are scarce, making it hard to predict where they will occur and what actions Governments should take …

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From Seawater to Drinking Water

The suitcase-sized device, which requires less power to operate than a cell phone charger, can also be driven by a small, portable solar panel, which can be purchased online for around $50. It automatically generates drinking water that exceeds World Health Organization quality standards. The technology is packaged into a user-friendly device that runs with …

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