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Contamination-eating microbes developed at University of Toronto to be tested in the field

August 9, 2019

For years, the University of Toronto’s Elizabeth Edwards and her team have been developing a potent mix of microbes that…
Scientists found a green way of clearing out microplastics without harming local microorganisms

August 1, 2019

Humans are dirty animals. Wherever we step, we leave piles of trash that just doesn’t go away. World’s…
Nanoporous Material Nets Contaminant from Water

July 8, 2019

Toxic chemical contaminates water in 43 states. Barely visible material that looks like tiny grains of sand may hold…
Getting the oil out of water

June 11, 2019

Oil and water are famously reluctant to mix fully together. But separating them completely — for example, when…
Stanford develops an experimental process to rinse heavy metals from toxic soils

June 5, 2019

When poisonous heavy metals like lead and cadmium escape from factories or mines, they can pollute the nearby…
Pollution Damage Undone

November 6, 2018

An effort spanning more than two decades to restore a heavily polluted system of streams high in the…
Particles pull last drops of oil from well water

August 19, 2018

Oil and water tend to separate, but they mix well enough to form stable oil-in-water emulsions in produced water from…
Novel system selectively sequesters toxins from water

August 7, 2018

Rice University scientists are developing technology to remove contaminants from water – but only as many as necessary.…
Harmful dyes in lakes, rivers can become colorless with new, sponge-like material

August 6, 2018

Dyes are widely used in industries such as textiles, cosmetics, food processing, papermaking and plastics. Globally, we produce…
Oleo Sponge successful in real-world conditions off California coast

July 18, 2018

The Oleo Sponge, a patent-pending technology to clean oil spills invented at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE)…
Robust MOF material exhibits selective, fully reversible and repeatable capture of toxic atmospheric gas

June 12, 2018

Led by the University of Manchester, an international team of scientists has developed a metal-organic framework material (MOF)…
More dead leaves can help remove lead from soils

May 30, 2018

Once lead is in the environment it is difficult to remove. Despite legislation in the 1970s to reduce…
Buyer beware: Some water-filter pitchers much better at toxin removal

May 18, 2018

Water pitchers designed to rid water of harmful contaminants are not created equal, new research has found. Scientists…
New method can break down PET plastic with microwaves

May 3, 2018

Large volumes of PET packaging—used for, for example, non-transparent soft drinks bottles—bypass the returnables systems and refuse bins,…
Engineers get a grip on slippery surfactants

April 26, 2018

A Rice University group’s innovative surfactant theory removes limitations of a 100-year-old model for interfacial behavior in enhanced oil…
Swamp microbe has pollution-munching superpower

April 13, 2018

Now, a bacterium discovered by Princeton researchers in a New Jersey swamp may offer a more efficient method…
Plants, fungi and bacteria work together to clean polluted land

April 6, 2018

Highly complex interactions among roots, fungi and bacteria underlie the ability of some trees to clean polluted land,…
Mat baits, hooks and destroys pollutants in water

March 28, 2018

A polymer mat developed at Rice University has the ability to fish biologically harmful contaminants from water through…
Researchers create a protein ‘mat’ that can soak up pollution

March 22, 2018

In a breakthrough that could lead to a new class of materials with functions found only in living…
Plant-inspired material could help clean up oil spills

March 21, 2018

Taking a cue from the structure of leaves, a new USC Viterbi School of Engineering study has fabricated…
Topsy-turvy currents key to removing nitrate from streams

March 19, 2018

New findings to be published in the journal Science add another to the list: the eradication of a pervasive fertilizer…
Robotic Snake Hunt Down Pollution In Water

August 21, 2017

The researchers from Switzerland’s École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) produced a robotic snake through contaminated water to find…
Heavy metals in water meet their match

July 27, 2017

Carbon nanotubes immobilized in a tuft of quartz fiber have the power to remove toxic heavy metals from…
“Super sponge” promises effective toxic clean-up of lakes and more

March 17, 2017

Mercury is very toxic and can cause long-term health damage, but removing it from water is challenging. To…
Scientists developed a new method to clean the soil polluted by munitions

December 10, 2016

Battles have a huge environmental impact. However, this kind of damage to nature is usually not even discussed,…
Recovering valuable substances from wastewater

March 21, 2014

Phosphorus can be found in fertilizers, drinks and detergents. It accumulates in waterways and pollutes them. For this…
Nanogrid, activated by sunlight, breaks down pollutants in water, leaving biodegradable compounds

November 11, 2013

Oil spills do untold damage to the environment–to the waters they pollute and to marine and other wildlife.…
Using engineering to help microbes destroy contaminates in soil and groundwater

October 1, 2013

There are several advantages to having natural microbes break down contaminants in soil and groundwater. First, it’s cost…
The coast is clear, but seabed still contaminated by Gulf spill

August 16, 2013

The catastrophic explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling platform allowed five million barrels of oil to gush into the Gulf of Mexico…
Cactus “flesh” cleans up toxic water

August 13, 2013

University of South Florida engineering professor Norma Alcantar and her team are using the “flesh” from Prickly Pear…
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