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California water crisis deepens: Graphene membranes could provide a breakthrough

This blog has recently featured articles on the growing worldwide water crisis and on the potential of a new material called graphene which has exhibited amazing characteristics (strength, chemical resistance, flexibility) that could lead to breakthroughs in a number of areas. It … Continue reading

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Humanity’s Critical Resources: Planning for Interactions

Scientific American magazine’s February 2015 issue contained a very interesting article explaining the interaction of what may be the three most important problems confronting planners for the future of humanity. In particular, it stressed the urgent need for planners normally considering only one of … Continue reading

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Desalination becoming important contributor in drought-stricken California

Desalination is a technology that has been around for a long time (a classmate of mine at MIT became one of the founders of Ionics Corporation shortly after he graduated) but it has had little impact on life in the United … Continue reading

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Fracking: The more you know….

The controversies around hydraulic fracturing of shale deposits continue to swirl even as tens of thousands of new wells are being drilled every year in a number of states.  Opponents of fracking cite poor drilling practices, drinking water contamination, growing fresh water scarcity and methane … Continue reading

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Dow is right: Natural gas exports should be limited

While it’s undoubtedly true that fracking has been a real game changer for the domestic energy industry, I get nervous when I see the government adopting a policy to allow more and more exports of natural gas with the growing … Continue reading

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Sea water desalination: becoming a reality here

The technologies that can be used to make fresh water from sea water or partly salty bracking water have been used for a long time in locations where little fresh water exists (e.g. the Middle East).  The processes employed are … Continue reading

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