We are going to be spending a lot of time this coming week talking about the most fundamental (and abundant) molecule to life: water. It not only sustains life physiologically, but also factors into all aspects of local and world economies. We’ll have deeper commentary and perspective on the sociological and economic issues around water later in the week. In the meantime, I want to highlight two videos that capture some of the projects working to make water systems smarter and safer. First, comes from a project in Galway Ireland:
The second video comes from, Almaden, IBM’s research lab near San Jose, where researchers have been working with Central Glass in Japan, and the King Abdul Aziz City for Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia on a research breakthrough using a membrane that desalinates water, and filters out toxic chemicals – such as arsenic – to create safe drinking water:
Update: Steve Lohr has a nice write up of both of these projects, and a few more too, on the NYTimes Bits blog. A good read, I think.