Indian chemists have trapped tiny strands of water inside peptide nanotubes - allowing the researchers to take a direct look at how small amounts of water behave in a confined environment. The research should improve predictions of how water molecules line up in nanotubes or biological channels - helping with future designs for fuel cells or medical treatments.
Water behaves differently at the ... read more >>
Water Number: Zero. This is the amount of calories, fat, cholesterol, sodium (more on that below), carbohydrates, and protein reported on the labels of bottled water. It is also the amount of useful information provided on the label. ... read more >>
Here’s an excerpt from an article in the online journal IEEE Spectrum about using technology to save water AND energy in agricultural irrigation. Will our houseplants be Tweeting next?
New Device Lets Plants Talk. Smart sensors let crops text-message growers for more water. ... read more >>
NYT columnist Nick Kristof profiles former nighclub promoter Scott Harrison, founder of charity:water. So many people in poor countries desperately need assistance. So many people in rich countries would like to help but fear their donations would line the pocket of a corrupt official or be lost in an aid bureaucracy. The result is a short circuit, leaving both sides unfulfilled. That’s where Sco ... read more >>
How one farmer learned to harvest runoff from rooftops, yards, parking lots and a city street to farm in Tucson.
This is one of my favorite water-harvesting stories. It comes from one of my mentors, Russ Buhrow, and has inspired me in much of my work. It is amazing what Russ produced with stormwater, something too many people consider to be a waste or a liability, but as Russ shows, is actual ... read more >>
On June 25, the Arizona Senate’s Retirement and Rural Development Committee discussed the prospects for uranium mining in the state. During the hearing, State Senator Sylvia Allen (R), the vice chairman of the committee, argued in favor of mining by saying that the earth “has been here 6,000 years, long before anybody had environmental laws, and somehow it hasn’t been done away with.” “We need to ... read more >>
The launch of Dutch Delta Design 2012 took place on 1st July 2009. More than thirty partners, managed by a project centre lead by the Ministry of Traffic and Water Works, have presented their ideas. One of the most important is the establishment of a National Water Centre, which will be Rotterdam. The public, government, business, students and contractors will be able to meet and work together.
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A word to those who want to be water-wise: now is a great time to tune up your irrigation system, install a weather-based irrigation controller, or just become a little more consicous of your watering habits. The Irrigation Association designates July as “Smart Irrigation Month” for good reasons:
* July is generally the hottest month of the year, when plants most need irrigation
* Mo ... read more >>
A new study has concluded that geoengineering measures designed to reduce global warming will do little to reduce CO2 levels and, subsequently, ocean acidification.
CO2 that dissolves in salt water produces carbonic acid that undermines shell formation in crustations and coral. The world’s oceans absorb a quarter of atmospheric carbon dioxide, according to an international oceanography researc ... read more >>
Fifteen years ago, when Alan Lakso first sought to enlist Cornell's nanofabrication laboratory to develop a tiny sensor that would measure water stress in grapevines, the horticultural sciences professor ended up back at the drawing board. ... read more >>