Gallery: New Device Uses World’s Smallest Animals to Detect Water Toxin...


Since 884 million people lack access to safe water supplies, and 3.573 million people die each year from water-related diseases, it’s clear that securing safe water sources in communities around the world is a pressing issue. Researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) have created a device that might help with the problem — the Swimming Behavioral Spectrophotometer (SBS) monitors the swimming patterns of protozoa — the world’s smallest animals — contained in the device to detect toxins in water. The device can be used to continuously monitor water sources — and not just those in developing countries but in large populous areas as well — and it provides instantaneous feedback on the water’s safety.

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