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Salinity differential turns river mouths into power plants

Alternately using seawater and freshwater as the electrolyte, Stanford researchers have developed a battery that takes advantage of the difference in salinity to produce electricity. According to lead research Yi Cui, the development could see river mouths or estuaries used as electricity generating power plants. Cui’s study appears in the journal Nano Letters. As an […]

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“Catastrophic decline” in freshwater biodiversity

Mismanagement and growing needs for water are causing freshwater ecosystems to collapse, making freshwater species the most threatened on Earth with extinction rates 4 to 6 times higher than their terrestrial and marine cousins, say scientists at the DIVERSITAS 2nd Open Science Conference, in Cape Town, South Africa. Klement Tockner, of the Leibniz-Institute of Freshwater […]

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