Sea Life and Wood Products Provide Key To Removing Radioactive Materials From Drinking Water
The April 13, 2011 BlogTalkRadio, "How Homeopathy Helps Grow Great Organic Gardens," introduced a new innovation from Dr Pawlak of the College of Natual Resources NC State University.
The earth had recently heard the news about the Japan Nuclear Explosions and Tsunami. Everyone has been concerned about this disaster and how to heal the radiation exposure to earth, air, water and all living organisms.
I do not know how long Dr Pawlak has investigated the properties of sea shells and wood products for filtering contaminants like toxic metals, radioactive elements and even salt from the briny sea, but we have recently learned of its potential.
This cutting edge technology by Dr. Joel Pawlak will surely be tested as part of the Japan Fukusima nuclear radiation clean up from the release into the atmosphere, sea and land.
Discussion about the health risks from the continuing leaks must take into account any means to contain radiation waste and general contamination so the entire food chain will not be eternally affected.
We have the obvious concern over radioactive iodide getting absorbed into the thyroid gland which results in a form of cancer. But, we have radioactive cesium, uranium and plutonium to contend with, as well. These elements will spoil drinking, bathing and all household municipal water, plus water that irrigates crops and rain water that nourishes all vegetation.
The development of these new forest bio-materials bind and trap radioactive iodide in water to remove it safely from contacting humans or the environment. My question remains, where do they dispose of this waste material, which will stay radioactively contaminated for hundreds if not thousands of years?
Fukushima Level 7
Many More Uses Beyond Radiation Contamination Removal
The formulation of hemicellulose, a by-product of forest materials, and chitosan, crustacean shells that have been crushed into a powder – not only absorbs water, but can actually extract contaminates, such as radioactive iodide, from the water itself. This material, which forms a solid foam, has applications beyond radioactive materials.
Could this be the future for providing clean water to poverty stricken countries and fresh water to regions surrounded by only brine or salty sea water?
We are learning that even the most minute particles, including nano-technology can have vast effects. Many claim that homeopathy can't possibly work because of the small dilutions of the substances. However, we have many instances where highly dilute chemicals and drugs affect life, and, in fact, can have a cumulative affect from continual exposure.
One such element, Arsenic, an odorless, tasteless, semi-metal element in the periodic table often enters drinking water supplies from natural deposits in the earth or from agricultural and industrial contamination, dumping and run-off.
Non-cancer effects can include thickening and discoloration of the skin, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting; diarrhea; numbness in hands and feet; partial paralysis; and blindness. Arsenic has been linked to cancer of the bladder, lungs, skin, kidney, nasal passages, liver, and prostate.
EPA has set the arsenic standard for drinking water at .010 parts per million (10 parts per billion) to protect consumers served by public water systems from the effects of long-term, chronic exposure to arsenic. Water systems must comply with this standard by January 23, 2006, providing additional protection to an estimated 13 million Americans. Source: EPA More fact sheets provided by the World Health Organization explains that arsenic poisoning from well-water in Bangladesh and other countries causes cancer in populations.
Another element of concern, Radon, poses a high cancer health risk simply from inhaling the fumes from contaminated indoor air. In 1998, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) reported that radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the U.S., after smoking, causing about 15,000 lung cancer deaths per year.
Radioactive radon formed when uranium breaks down in soil and rock, enters cracks and holes in building foundations as a gas. When this gas enters the soil, it can dissolve and accumulate in groundwater, such as well water, and affect drinking water supplies. Once the radon gas escapes from water, as in turning on faucets, into the air, it contaminates the quality of life indoors.
NEED FOR FRESH DRINKING WATER
Another dire need across the globe and, thus, use for this new technology will be desalinization of drinking water in situations of limited power and electricity. The formulated foam, that is used like a sponge, can be transported to all areas to soak up the contamination. Researchers will be developing applications for both small and large area spills and leaks.
RESEARCH AT NCSU
The research carried out by Dr Pawlak and Dr Villini with grants from the "Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research", the N.C. Forestry Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy will continue to provide hope for the future of clean water. NC State’s Department of Forest Biomaterials is part of NC State’s College of Natural Resources.
Crushed Sea Shells
Arag-Alive achieves rapid cycling by preparing and seeding the substrate grain surfaces with a wide variety of marine bacteria, most in a spored state, including strains engineered for maximum waste reduction capacity. Some types of bacteria reduce nitrogenous waste by metabolic oxidation while others incorporate nitrogen into bacterial biomass during rapid growth. Since most species of bacteria are somewhat symbiotic, and tend to colonize a surface in succession, the process of cycling an aquarium is facilitated by the close proximity of the immobilized species. Bacteria are maintained at a low metabolic rate by restricting access to certain limiting factors required for metabolism. The Eco-Complete freshwater products work in the same way, just with freshwater bacteria.
Hope For Our Future and the Future of Water On Earth
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Dr. Joel J. Pawlak
Dr. Joel J. Pawlak, Assistant Professor at NCSU, graduated from the State University of New York (SUNY) College of Environmental Science and Forestry at Syracuse University. Dr. Pawlak’s studies material science and material engineering of multiphase materials.
His recent work with porous fibrous web structures, foams made from natural materials, natural super-absorbents, enzymatic manipulation of material structure, natural nano-scale fiber composites, and novel application of rheological phenomenon has reaped rewards with this new technology to clean contaminated water.
Dr. Richard Venditti
Dr. Richard Venditti, chemical engineer and polymer scientist concentrates on three areas of research:
- New products and fuels developed by processing and utilizing natural polymers
- Learning, teaching and using the fundamentals of separation science in fiber processing
- The study, understanding and utilization of environmental life cycle analysis of products
Dr Veditti's team goal, to develop and understand systems for the effective utilization of renewable resources to produce sustainable products, including polymeric materials and biofuels may pay off for improving our environment.
His paper recycling research and environmental life cycle analysis may produce rewarding outcomes for the future, which depends upon limited energy resources.
The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research, Inc
CPBR The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology provides funds for new technology and brings together industry and university research departments to provide new science innovation utilizing plants and other organisms. They provide a training ground to up and coming scientists and engineers at university settings with industry support.
April 13, 2011 Day 13 of the Hubpages Challenge
Strangely enough, the second week of blogs does not feel as pressing. The topics present themselves as if a gift, without wondering, "what shall we talk about today?" It's hard to believe that two-weeks will have passed.
Today, I encouraged someone to write one new blog per week and in one year's time there would be a lovely list of 52 articles. Why this will benefit this person who wants to start a business website and create a reputation? My explanation comes from experience. When you have regular readers, you develop a long-term relationship with your readers. You share part of your life with them and they learn more about you. When you finally meet in-person, you feel like you have been meeting each other and you have by-passed that awkward first meeting stage.
Today's topic about cutting edge technology at North Carolina State University. As we discussed the topic of radiation contamination, the natural course of action, to search for solutions brought up this press release.
I hope this news will bring a ray of hope to a devastating event for our planet. Please vote on the poll below about your level of hopefulness.
You may enjoy listening to the BlogTalkRadio show from April 13, 2011 to learn more about this issue.
About the Author
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