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MERCURY IN YOUR WATER? H2 OH NO!

Poison_cupAMHERST, Mass. – Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have developed plastics containing “smart elements” that can instantly detect the presence of mercury at or below the drinking water standard set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, even when other metals are present in the solution.

“Mercury poisoning remains a significant threat to human health, and global mercury emissions continue to rise from incineration of solid waste and the combustion of fossil fuels,” says Gregory Tew, a professor of polymer science and engineering. “We used smart polymers to create inexpensive, portable and easy-to-use sensors that are a big improvement over current industrial approaches that use sophisticated equipment not suitable for field measurements.”

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Comments

Garbo

Gee, wouldn't this be a nice simple way to test vaccines off the shelves and see just what "trace" amounts of mercury really means?

I wonder if they can develop strips for quantifying relative levels of mercury, like ph strips for your aquarium.

Angela Warner

LOL a coupon to chucky cheese or a coupon for or complimentary sample of Autism Speaks "PUTZ"els....

L Rupp

This is great! Now we can have our kids urinate in a cup and immediately see if mercury is in their urine! I can't get wait to get one and take lots of pictures of the results to send to the nay-sayers.

Hmm.. maybe those with amalgams can spit into the cups and get the same results! I'll take that one with me to the dentist for sure!

Stagmom

Anne, Autism Speaks? Imagine the puzzle piece logo on every bottle! With a gift with purchase coupon to Chucky Cheese.....

Anne Dachel

Who will be the first to advertise "MERCURY FREE" bottled water?

Corporate America can always find a market advantage to every disaster.

Anne Dachel
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