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Fast, Inexpensive Test for Water Bacteria Developed

E. coli bacteria (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases)

18 May 2016. A team at York University in Toronto designed a water-testing kit connecting to a smartphone that makes testing for water-borne bacteria faster and less expensive. The Mobile Water Kit, from the lab of engineering professor Sushanta Mitra, is described in a . . . → Read More: Fast, Inexpensive Test for Water Bacteria Developed

Challenge Seeks Nutrient Recycling from Livestock Waste

(Challenge.gov)

4 December 2015. A public-private consortium seeks techniques for recycling crop nutrients from livestock waste in an open-innovation challenge paying $20,000 in prizes. The competition, sponsored by Environmental Protection Agency and a number of partners in government, academia, not-for-profit organizations, and industry has a deadline of 15 January 2016 for initial submissions.

The . . . → Read More: Challenge Seeks Nutrient Recycling from Livestock Waste

UC-Davis Spins Off Irrigation Technology Start-Up

Tom Shapland (Univ of California, Davis)

19 March 2015. A graduate student in agriculture at University of California in Davis turned his research on irrigation technology into a new enterprise addressing the chronic drought conditions facing that state’s farmers. Tom Shapland started Tule Technologies Inc. in January 2014 that licensed his research measuring agricultural . . . → Read More: UC-Davis Spins Off Irrigation Technology Start-Up

Patent Issued for Engineered Peptides Forming Hydrogels

Susan Sun (Kansas State University)

4 November 2014. Bioengineers at Kansas State University received a patent for their invention of a peptide, a protein-like compound, that turns into water-based gels for a number of medical applications. U.S. Patent and Trademark Office awarded patent number 8,835,395 to Xiuzhi (Susan) Sun, professor of grain science and . . . → Read More: Patent Issued for Engineered Peptides Forming Hydrogels

Solar Water-Splitting System Produces Hydrogen for Energy

Hydrogen and oxygen gas generated by water-splitting solar-powered electrodes (Alain Herzog, EPFL)

26 September 2014. Engineers at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland designed a solar energy system made of inexpensive and abundant materials that efficiently splits water into hydrogen and oxygen for producing electricity. The team from the lab of EPFL’s . . . → Read More: Solar Water-Splitting System Produces Hydrogen for Energy

Student Designs Simple Water Filter, Seeks Crowdfunding

Jeremy Nussbaumer takes a drink from a bottle with a DrinkPure filter. (ETH Zurich)

24 July 2014. An engineering student at ETH Zurich, a science and technology university in Switzerland, designed a simple, inexpensive water filter to bring drinking water to developing countries that lack reliable clean water sources. Jeremy Nussbaumer developed the DrinkPure . . . → Read More: Student Designs Simple Water Filter, Seeks Crowdfunding

Farm Survey Drone System Seeks Crowdfunding Support

StitchCam drone aircraft (PutDronesToWork.org)

21 July 2014. A system that combines an aerial drone with Android tablet and software designed to survey a grower’s crop fields is seeking crowdfunding contributors. The StitchCam system by San Diego start-up SNAP Vision Technologies LLC is the subject of a Kickstarter campaign, but needs to raise more than . . . → Read More: Farm Survey Drone System Seeks Crowdfunding Support

Microparticle Solution Devised to Identify Genuine Goods

Patrick Doyle (Mass. Institute of Technology)

14 April 2014. Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the affiliated Lincoln Laboratory developed a process for adding minute particles into materials that can be encoded and sensed by inexpensive readers to detect counterfeit goods from the originals. The team from the lab of chemical engineering professor . . . → Read More: Microparticle Solution Devised to Identify Genuine Goods

Virtual Fish in Development for Environmental Toxin Testing

Rainbow trout (USBR.gov)

13 March 2014. Researchers at Plymouth University in the U.K. and the pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca are developing a technique to gauge potential toxic effects of chemicals in rivers and oceans using cells from fish configured into a testing device. The three-year, £600,000 ($998,000) project of biologist Awadhesh Jha with colleagues from . . . → Read More: Virtual Fish in Development for Environmental Toxin Testing

Challenge Seeks Better Metal Removal Method from Mine Water

Animas River at Durango and Silverton rail road crossing (Wikimedia Commons)

7 February 2014. A new challenge on InnoCentive asks for new, less expensive techniques to remove metals from water that drains from mines, both current and inactive. The competition has a total purse of $12,000 and a deadline of 8 March 2014 (free . . . → Read More: Challenge Seeks Better Metal Removal Method from Mine Water