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Breakthrough technology removes arsenic from groundwater

There's more to H2O than meets the eye. Life-threatening amounts of heavy metals like arsenic can go undetected in drinking water, ultimately destroying the health of entire communities. The most acute exposures are witnessed in countries like India and Bangladesh, where people show signs of arsenic poisoning, or arsenicosis. Arsenic poisoning can cause painful lesions, diabetes, cancer, blood vessel diseases and gangrene, forcing some to undergo amputation or be ostracized from their village.

Better radiation detection arriving soon thanks to breakthrough technology

Even as the cleanup of Japan's Fukushima nuclear power plant continues, researchers around the world are working to improve modern capability for detecting radiation contamination, whether of the environment or of the human genome.