Current water-filtering technology is costly, but MIT scientists are testing a simpler and cheaper method that uses wood from white pine trees.
March 5, 2014 Removing bacteria and other impurities from water could be done more cheaply thanks to researchers at MIT. They're taking advantage of the way trees move water to filter it.
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Scientists published the first global survey of the known undersea freshwater reserves. Water is relatively cheap now, but the reserves could be valuable if it becomes scarcer in the future.
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December 11, 2013 Scientists think there are potentially valuable fresh groundwater reserves under the sea. There's more than all the water that was ever pumped up in the last century.
The Sweat Machine was unveiled as part of a UNICEF campaign promoting safe drinking water.
July 19, 2013 The new device, being used by UNICEF to promote safe drinking water, extracts moisture from worn clothes using a technique known as membrane distillation.
Demonstrator China Starshine holds up signs outside of City Hall in Portland last week.
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September 12, 2012 Portland, Ore., is the largest American city not to add fluoride to its drinking water. Activists have been vocal, for and against a proposal to change that. The science shows that fears of side effects from small amounts of fluoride to protect teeth are unfounded.
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Pakistani boys collect water from a hand pump on the outskirts of Islamabad.
May 8, 2012 Adding dirt and salt can help make drinking water cleaner, and is far cheaper than fancy filtration systems for getting rid of harmful bacteria, scientists say. It just takes a little patience and the sun.
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