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Better Water Testing, Thanks To Breath-Freshening Strips

April 30, 2014

A group of McMaster researchers has solved the problem of cumbersome, expensive and painfully slow water-testing by turning the process upside-down.

Instead of shipping water to the lab, they have created a way to take the lab to the water, putting potentially life-saving technology into the hands of everyday people.

The team has reduced the sophisticated chemistry required for testing water safety to a simple pill, by adapting technology found in a dissolving breath strip. Want to know if a well is contaminated? Drop a pill in a vial of water and shake vigorously. If the colour changes, there’s the answer.

The development has the potential to dramatically boost access to quick and affordable testing around the world.

Credit: McMaster University

[ Read the Article: Scientists Create Lab In A Pill To Test Water ]



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