Three students from Washington DC, Bria Snell, India Skinner and Mikayla Sharrieff, collectively known as S3 Trio, have been named as the only East Coast finalists in the NASA “OPSPARC” Challenge for coming up with an innovative way of cleaning up lead-contaminated drinking water.
S3 Trio at Work
The all-female team identified that water from public school fountains often contained impurities, putting the health of students at risk.
“Our product will purify public school systems’ water by detecting impurities such as chlorine, copper, and bromine.” ~ S3 Trio
The dynamic 11th graders opted for a community project, working on the serious health issues posed …
It’s almost funny. The FDA is militant about not allowing perfectly edible and delicious unpasteurized Camembert and many other legendary cheeses into the country, but it is far more laid back when it comes to the controversial chemical BPA – linked to low birth weight and certain types of cancer.
According to the FDA, unlike a decent wheel of Brie de Meaux, BPA is “probably alright in very small doses.” We’re paraphrasing here, by the way, but you get the gist.
“Probably alright in very small doses” is fine when you’re talking about certain things. Cleaning your teeth with the kids’ toothpaste for a day because you’ve run out? …
The PR job is a good one, to be fair. When it comes to bottled water, people are prepared to throw a lot of money at it, regardless of the environmental price and the sky-high cost to their pocket.
Bottled water costs more than tap water. A lot more. In fact, a new report from The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) found that some people are paying an astonishing 10,000 times more per gallon for bottled water than they are for the water that comes out of the tap.
But here’s the next shocker: frequently the water that you buy in a bottle is…erm…tap water.
Posted by: Rhona Reid On February 22, 2018 12:00 pm
In early February, the 18th annual Great American Water Taste Test took place at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C.
Over two days, water samples from around the country were blind-tasted by a panel of judges, tasked with finding a winner. What are they looking for? Taste, smell and clarity are the watchwords according to The National Rural Water Association, the main sponsor of the event.
Water Good Winner!
After some serious sipping, the gold medal was awarded to Arcadia Water Utility of Wisconsin, which beat off some stiff competition from the City of Salisbury, MD Paleo Water and the Southeast Water Users District, ND, …
Posted by: Rhona Reid On February 13, 2018 7:00 am
The day of love is almost upon us. Whether you think it’s a cynical ploy to extract whatever disposable income you have left after the Christmas frenzy or the most romantic thing since Romeo scaled a balcony to compare Juliet’s beauty to the sun; you’ll be hard pushed to avoid it.
Go Hearts or Go Home
Manufacturers and stores seemed locked in an unspoken battle to make as many things as possible heart-shaped. If you’re marking the day of romance at home, why not pick up a pair of heart-shaped tuna steaks? They’ll go pretty well with the heart shaped fondant potatoes and heart-shaped chocolate mousse. The message? Go hearts or …
The cancer-causing contaminant Chromium-6, brought to the public gaze by Erin Brockovich, is at levels exceeding public health goals in 50 states.
Millions of people are trying to find a workable solution to protect themselves and their families and to avoid drinking contaminated water.
What Reverse Osmosis Water Does to the Pipeline
A reverse osmosis water system is sometimes touted as a possible solution on both a domestic and municipal level. After all, it removes contaminants and that’s the goal, right?
Unfortunately, reverse osmosis is not a solution on either front. On a city-wide basis, aside from the prohibitive cost of building the plant, the stripped-back water – though admittedly free of contaminants – …
Now, it’s easy to think about the bottled water industry being right at the other end of any “Earth-friendly” scale, but some recent news is heartening and perhaps surprising.
On January 17, at the 2018 Keep America Beautiful National Conference, the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA) announced that it would be sponsoring the Keep America Beautiful initiative.
“We stand committed to helping Americans better understand recycling and its potential for economic, environmental and community benefits by working with all stakeholders—manufacturers; the waste management industry; government entities; other nonprofit