Inspired by our body’s own cells, forward osmosis technology can clean the world’s most toxic waters. NOVA Next contributing editor Phil McKennareports the story.
In other news from NOVA and around the web:
- Puberty is occurring in girls at ever-earlier ages . That could put them at risk for cancer later in life.
- Light pollution might harm our ocean’s water-filtering “ ecosystem engineers .”
- A protein that triggers inflammation may be the reason why things taste differently when you’re sick. Inflammation may also play a role in causing brain disease .
- The dodo almost died off 4,000 years ago because of its own poop .
- Officials say rubella has been eliminated from the Americas.
- This parasite makes male crabs think that they’re pregnant females .
- Most earthquake casualties result from poorly engineered buildings. But rubber bearings could make safe construction much more affordable.
- Tyson Foods announced that it plans to eliminate its use of human antibiotics in chickens by 2017. More from National Geographic.
- For a healthy heart, you may have to eat more cheese .
- If you suffer from lower back pain, your spine might be similar to a chimp’s.
- What triggers lightning? Radio telescope data might have an answer.
- One expert predicts that by 2090, the skating season in Toronto will shrink by 25% due to climate change.
- About a billion jellyfish-like “purple sailors” have washed up on Oregon and Washington state beaches.
- For the second time ever, scientists have discovered a rare “pocket shark,” just 5.5 inches long .
- Scientists have discovered a new chamber under Yellowstone that holds enough magma to fill 11 Grand Canyons.