Will Microbes Clean our Water?

A recent publication in Environmental Science & Technology and subsequent review on Phys.org gave a lot of promise for the technology of using microbes to clean up waterways. The study suggested that harnessing microbes is an environmentally sustainable solution to breaking down pollutants in water. I think ‘breakthrough’ is a bit strong of an accolade …

“Wrinkly coating can shimmy off bacteria” – Press release from Duke University

Short post here about a cool-sounding advance in materials science related to microbes in the built environment.    A research group at Duke University is working on a material that deforms in response to an electric current, thereby dislodging established biofilms (e.g. on the underside of a boat).   Hard to tell how likely this is since …