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does it get spent or is it a catalyst?
I lol'd
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thats friggen cool
    
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Why do I not see this being used soon? Oh ya oil is big business
    
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The article's suggestion to just place the spent aluminum oxide in a landfill concerns me. I can see this doing more harm than good, especially considering the relative rarity of gallium and relatively high cost of aluminum.
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post #25 of 43
Should be retitled, "Crazy ******* Metal Fixes All the Worlds Problems."
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post #26 of 43
nice, but it still has to go into a landfill and isn't replenishable...
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post #27 of 43
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Originally Posted by kyle7412 View Post
oh cool another scientific "breakthrough" that won't affect our daily lives.
It might not affect your life, but it is one step closer to getting those billions of people without water to them.

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The overall cost for the system works out to be about $1 per gallon of fresh water and $0.35 per kilowatt of electricity, which is pretty cheap considering that no infrastructure is required besides the reactor itself.
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post #28 of 43
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Couldn't this have radical effects on salt water animals? What if some douche funnel tosses it in a sat water fish tank? But still, very cool.
Yep, we'd better die of thirst. Thank god that fishes are okay.
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One problem though with mass desalination (I know this alloy can be used for also cleaning dirty water) is what to do with the excess salt. If it gets dumped into the ocean, salt concentrations will change possibly causing problems for the fish.
One always has to think of the effects of technologies, nothing will magicly solve our problems with no other affcts.
Still an interesting find though.
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this is incredible
what he said
    
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