In the 6th we can actually see ways in which we give into escapism. While the 12th is normally associated with fantasies, escapism, and illusions, “if we find we are unable to cope in a competitive world we may conjure up excuses to give us an escape route.” -The Cosmic Egg Timer
Here we can see how compulsive behavior can sometimes manifest or how the practical world shapes our habits. Water in this house may get drained easily, escaping into art and recreation frequently.
Earth accepts the reality of work and life easier but can find it hard to destress. Earth can make work a habit or create unhealthy habits to deal with over work such as lacking in exercise or over eating - essentially becoming unbalanced, they put all their energy towards work.
Air can use distractions to find their “escape route”. Here is one who could use a lot of excuses when they can’t deal with the real world. Don’t mistake this as not being ambitious or successful. Air may deal with reality through variety, taking on odd jobs, always moving on.
Fire can easily burn themselves out. This is someone who needs to physically or verbally release energy. Here we see the exaggerated complainer at work or maybe the always needs to go to the gym after work person. Compulsion revolves around releasing steam.
Hydrogel removes toxins better than current alternatives
printed hydrogel structure can absorb metal pollutants in water significantly
faster than solid alternatives.
and fresh water is essential for human life, and water is a necessity to
agricultural and other industries. However, global population growth and
pollution from industrial waste has put a strain in local fresh water
A hydrogel is made up of polymer chains that are hydrophilic (attracted to water) and are known for being highly absorbent.
clean-up costs can be extremely expensive, leaving poorer and more remote
populations at risk to exposure of metal pollutants such as lead, mercury,
cadmium and copper, which can lead to severe effects on the neurological,
reproductive and immune systems.
a group of scientists at the University of Texas at Dallas, US, have developed
a 3D printable hydrogel that is capable of 95% metal removal within 30 minutes.
Clean water is also needed for one’s hygiene, including brushing your teeth and bathing.
The hydrogel is made from a cheap, abundant biopolymer chitosan
and diacrylated pluronic, which forms cDAP. The cDAP mixture is then loaded
into the printer as a liquid and allowed to cool to <4⁰C, before rising
again to room temperature to form a gel that can be used to produce various 3D
Dallas team also tested the reusability of their hydrogel and found that it had
a recovery rate of 98% after five cycles of use, proving it to be a potentially
reliable resource to communities with limited fresh water supply.
novel and cost-effective approach to remove health and environmental hazards
could be useful for fabricating cheap and safe water filtration devices on site
in polluted areas without the need for industrial scale manufacturing tools,’
the paper reads.