While drinking and driving may be hazardous to one's health, drinking the water in France is not. Saur, a water distribution company in France, installed electronic sensors and high-performance monitoring equipment on an aqueduct that supplies the drinking water for Disneyland Paris. The devices measure physico-chemical and biological data upstream of the water offtake and in the water-treatment plant. Escherichia Coli (E. Coli) levels, measured every two hrs, are used as harbingers of pathogens. Because the bacteria acidifies on glucose media, the Disneyland equipment holds 100 ml (3.4 oz) of water in a nutrient-rich cell and automatically measures the variation in pH. From this, it deduces the quantity of bacteria down to one bac-terium in 100 ml. Traditional analysis time is 48 to 72 hrs. The new monitoring equipment provides results within 11 hrs. Marketed by Ysebaert, the system costs $34,000 to $38,000. Phone (312) 222-1237.
The Dutch are known for their love of bicycling, and they’ve also long been early adopters of green-energy and smart-city technologies. So it seems fitting that a town in which painter Vincent van Gogh once lived has given him a very Dutch-like tribute -- a bike path lit by a special smart paint in the style of the artist's “Starry Night” painting.
For decades, engineers have worked to combat erosion by developing high-strength alloys, composites, and surface coatings. However, in a new paper, a team at Jilin University in China turned to one of the most deadly animals in the world for inspiration -- the yellow fat-backed scorpion.
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