Bad health news for surfers

SURFERS are three times more likely to have dangerous superbugs in their bodies than non-surfers. For the first time, international researchers have discovered that wave riders have a higher rate of the bacteria E coli in their gut that does not respond to the antibiotic cefotaxime. Cefotaxime has previously been prescribed to kill off these […]

Bizarre fourth state of water discovered

A sample of beryl and an illustration that shows the strange shape water molecules take when found in the mineral’s cage-like channels (Credit: ORNL/Jeff Scovil). You already know that water can have three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas. But scientists at the Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL) have discovered that when it’s put […]

Electrodialysis marked as a way to remove salt from fracking waste water

Waste water from fracking is over five times saltier than seawater Fracking is a highly controversial and divisive issue. Proponents argue that it could be the biggest energy boom since the Arabian oil fields were opened almost 80 years ago, but this comes at a serious cost to the environment. Among the detrimental effects of […]