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September 01, 2017
Don't be salty - tiny tubes desalinate water one molecule at a time
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Earth is 70 percent water, but only a tiny portion - 0.007 percent - is available to drink. As potable water sources dwindle, global population increases every year. One potential solution to quenching the planet's thirst is through desalinization - the process of removing salt from seawater. While tantalizing, this approach has always been too expensive and energy intensive for large-scale feasibility. Now, researchers from Northeastern have made a discovery that could change that, making d ... read more

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Japanese seaweed is welcome invader on US coasts: study
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