TEDTalks : Damian Palin - Mining Minerals from Seawater

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  • The world needs fresh water - so much so that more and more, we're pumping it from the oceans, desalinating it, and drinking it. But what to do with the salty brine left behind? In this intriguing TEDtalk, TED Fellow Damian Palin proposes an idea: mine it for other minerals we need, with the help of some collaborative metal-munching bacteria.


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  • Mineral Attracting Bacteria (0:25) -- Desalination Process (0:57) -- Ecologically Sound Mining Industry (1:15) -- Credits: TEDTalks: Damian Palin - Mining Minerals from Seawater (0:05)
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