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Engineers invent smartphone device that detects harmful algae in 15 minutes | Science Daily
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Engineers invent smartphone device that detects harmful algae in 15 minutes | Science Daily

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the NUS Faculty of Engineering has released a report about their recent development of a new technology designed to detect harmful algae quicker and more conveniently. A sudden change in the volume of algae in a pond, lake, river, or area can add toxic microorganisms and pollute the water for humans and aquatic life. Over 500 tons of fish were killed in 2015 when an alga suddenly bloomed and spread throughout fish farms in Singapore.  Researchers created a microfluidic chip designed to test the water levels in only minutes, compared to the traditional methods that could take hours and thousands of dollars’ worth of equipment.

Source: https://www.sciencedaily.com

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