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agricultureRice grown in desert, using seawater with over double the global average yields

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One day large sections of desert could be turned into rice paddy fields. Chinese scientists have successfully grown and harvested rice in the deserts of Dubai after developing a strain that allows the crop to grow in saltwater. China’s “father …

materialsSystem extracts quarter-liter of water per day per kilogram of MOF from desert air

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A system, based on relatively new high-surface-area materials called metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), can extract potable water from even the driest of desert air, the researchers say, with relative humidities as low as 10 percent. Current methods for extracting water from …

medicine79% of health facilities in Venezuela have no running water

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A survey of 104 health facilities in Venezuela, commissioned by the opposition-controlled National Assembly, describes the huge problems with health care in Venezuela. * 79% of them had no running water at all. * 14% of intensive care units have …

energyWater and Energy are tightly linked

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Water and energy are inextricably linked. * Billions of gallons of water are used each day in the United States for energy production * huge amounts of energy are consumed in pumping, treating, heating, and delivering water. * More than …

futureRussia plans unmanned Mars mission in 2019 and then missions to access ice water on the moon

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Russia plans to launch an unmanned mission to Mars in 2019. Vladimir Putin says Russia is planning unmanned and later manned launches, into deep space, as part of a lunar program and for Mars exploration. Russia also plans to launch …

astronomyExoplanet found with a lot more water than expected

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NASA has found a lot of water around a Saturn-mass exoplanet some 700 light-years away. The planet, known as WASP-39b, has three times as much water as Saturn does. Above – Using Hubble and Spitzer, astronomers analyzed the atmosphere of …

astronomyMoon Mineralogy suggests widespread water on the moon

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A new analysis of data from two lunar missions finds evidence that the Moon’s water is widely distributed across the surface and is not confined to a particular region or type of terrain. The water appears to be present day …

foodGrit and Growth for Civilization

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Angela Duckworth has helped to gathered and performed detailed research on the importance of Grit for individual achievement. Her insights also apply to our societal views on civilization. Growth Mindset is better than fixed mindset One potential way to build …

colonizationSETI Institute finds lunar lava tubes that could provide easy access to water ice

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The SETI Institute and the Mars Institute announced today the discovery of small pits in a large crater near the North Pole of the Moon, which may be entrances to an underground network of lava tubes. The pits were identified …

astronomy100 meter thick ice is under only 1-2 meters of dirt in some parts of Mars

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Researchers using NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) have found eight sites where thick deposits of ice beneath Mars’ surface are exposed in faces of eroding slopes. Above – A cross-section of underground ice is exposed at the steep slope that …