Talk about a sea change! How about something that could turn salty ocean water into a crystal clear lake? Not enough for you? How about a cure for cancer, too?
In a scientific wow moment with far-reaching implications, researchers have announced the creation of tiny artificial pores that can distinguish between ions of different substances.
As small as the ones in your own cells, these pores were created by gluing donut-shaped molecules into stacked nanotubes with hydrogen. The microscopic tubes are capable of passing potassium ions in water while filtering out sodium and lithium ions. So a sieve of this stuff would turn a glass of Salt Lake brine into a refreshing potable quaff instantly. And with some extensive tweaking, scientists also think these artificial pores can be tuned to perform life-changing tasks like killing tumors and diseases by regulating what gets into cells.
The tiny creation has the chance to make a huge impact on our future, filtering out all the things that contaminate our lives once and for all. Now, can we get one that makes water into wine?