Books are vivid magic: they feed our souls, heal our spirits and as recent discoveries state, books clean murky waters.
Water contaminated with bacteria has led to the death of millions around the world. Children are most exposed to death over poisoned water, especially in affected areas such as South Africa and other territories touched by extreme poverty. Purification plants have been built in many countries but the cost of operating one facility is much too expensive, especially for the poorly developed countries.
A new water purification system now brings hope to the hopeless. Theresa Dankovich, researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, has developed a water purifying system based on nanotechnology. The innovative system is both inexpensive and easily transportable.
The new system is also known under the name of “The Drinkable Book” and it is made of very thick filter pages, impregnated with metal particles that can most efficiently kill bacteria. It is based on the simple concept of silver and other precious metals which are able to eliminate microorganisms.
“The drinkable book” contains a message which says “the water in your village may contain deadly diseases but each page of this book is a water filter that will make it safe to drink”. There is hope for humanity, one may say, and we must thank books and enlightened minds for that.
Theresa Dankovich envisioned both a water filter and an instruction manual for how and why to clean up drinking water. All filters are designed to last a couple of weeks, so the special books can provide all the necessary tools to filter clean water for no less than a year.
Although there are millions of bacteria responsible with contaminating water sources all over the world, the nanoparticle-embedded filter sheets which carry a friendly message are able to purify the water with 99.9% efficiency. According to a recent expertise, the silver and other similar particles in the water samples purified the liquid sample and made it as clear and clean as the water found in the US.
Books clean murky waters, both to a literal extent and to a spiritual one. We must only know how to use them wisely and take advantage of all the wondrous effects they can bring.
Theresa Dankovich will present her prototype, “The Drinkable Book”, as well as her new findings of her field tests on water purifying technology at the American Chemical Society’s 250th National Meeting and Exposition.
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