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April 8th, 2014 at 9:45 am

New water desalination technology makes ocean water drinkable

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New method devised using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater.

Chemists with the University of Texas and the University of Marburg have devised a method of using a small electrical field that will remove the salt from seawater.

 

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April 1st, 2014 at 9:05 am

Ooho – an edible water bottle that could save the planet

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Rodrigo García González, Pierre Paslier, and Guillaume Couche are London-based industrial design students who have created the Ooho, a blob-like water container made out of an edible algae membrane.

 

 

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March 16th, 2014 at 8:46 am

Discovery of water-containing gem points to vast oceans beneath the Earth

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Diamond sample containing the hydrous ringwoodite.

The Earth’s transition zone is the part of the Earth that exists between the upper and lower mantle. Scientists often theorize what lies in the transition zone. Many believe that the transition zone contains a lot of water, but there was no proof to support that idea. A group of geologists from the University of Alberta uncovered a water-containing gem that finally confirms this theory: there is water, possibly massive oceans of it, deep beneath the Earth’s surface.

 

 

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March 14th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

Graphene oxide could offer a solution to unlocking our most abundant water source

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Dr Rahul Nair demonstrates a graphene-based membrane device.

Many of us struggle to satisfy our thirst even though we live on a water world.  That is because the Earth’s oceans are salty. Just 2.5% of the Earth’s water is freshwater, and of that, 60% is trapped in glaciers, 30% in groundwater (not all of which is accessible), and just 10% is on the surface in lakes and rivers.

 

 

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February 1st, 2014 at 9:05 am

NASA plans to make water and oxygen on the surface of the Moon and Mars by 2020

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NASA is taking steps that could lead to colonization of other planets.

NASA is working on plans to make water, oxygen, and hydrogen on the surface of the Moon and Mars. It is vital that we find a way of extracting these vital gases and liquids from moons and planets if we ever want to colonize other planets, rather than transporting them from Earth (which is prohibitively expensive, due to Earth’s gravity). The current plan is to land a rover on the Moon in 2018 that will try to extract hydrogen, water, and oxygen — and then hopefully, Curiosity’s successor will try to convert the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere into oxygen in 2020 when it lands on Mars.

 

 

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January 1st, 2014 at 8:57 am

Top 13 ‘Futurist Speaker’ Columns in 2013

Futurist Thomas Frey: 2013 has been a year of considerable change for both me and the rest of our team at the DaVinci Institute. While most of what you see here on Futurist Speaker is about my research, thinking, and philosophy on the future, I thought this might be a good time to step back and fill you in on the people behind everything you’re reading.

 

 

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November 9th, 2013 at 4:50 am

Top 13 Photos of the Week

Much like Dr Frankenstein, she was determined to bring her old clothes back to life!

Quote of the Day:  ”We’ve all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.” – Robert Wilensky

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September 8th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

Tapping into the Waterways in the Sky

Futurist Thomas Frey: With all of the water we have in the world, only 2% of it is fresh water. To make matters worse, only one-forth of all fresh water is accessible to humans.

 

 

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September 4th, 2013 at 11:48 am

MIT’s fog harvesting technology brings water to deserts

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Deserts may not have a lot of water like in rivers or lakes or aquifers but that doesn’t necessarily mean there isn’t a lot of water around somewhere. Many desert-dwelling plants and animals have adapted to extract water from the air itself, relying on fog that reliably shows up in deserts near warm oceans.

 

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July 27th, 2013 at 9:15 am

How long before we reach 180 year lifespan?

PZ Myers, David Brin, Eliezer Yudkowski and Eneasz Brodski were debating about immortality. Eliezer brought up the point about different levels of immortality and had 10,000 years as a lower bound of immortality. Many of the complaints from PZ Myer and David Brin were concerns about societal effects that might accompany the change to people living a lot longer.

 

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