Why desalination might change the way we think about water

by Ronan Killian McGovern. Seawater desalination – the filtering of water from the sea – is one of the world’s rapidly growing supplies of freshwater, with world production growing at over 10% per annum in the last decade, as shown in the figure inset. Historically, desalination developed as a means of providing freshwater in arid…

Exoplanets today: When reality surpasses fiction

by Eduardo Bendek. The existence of planets outside of our solar system, or exoplanets, has been envisioned since early times. In fact, the Greek philosopher Epicurus proposed the idea for the first time on one of his letters to Herodotus 300 B.C. He said, “There are an infinite number of worlds, some like this world,…