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‘Pulling drinkable water’ from the sky

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Scientists in America have pioneered a potentially revolutionary technology which would enable people anywhere in the world to literally suck water from the sky to provide their daily needs.

The researchers from MIT and the University of California at Berkeley have demonstrated a ‘solar-powered harvester’ made with a ‘metal-organic framework, or MOF’ that can pull water out of the air and store it – in the driest climates – using sunlight.

And with growing pressures on water supplies brought on by a growing global population and climate change, this is a game-changing breakthrough which could provide a sustainable supply to people living in some of the world’s harshest climates.

MIT News reports that the team is currently investigating alternative MOFs as they look to double its capacity – it can currently  capture a quarter of its weight.

The results of the current research are published in the journal Science.

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