Stanford Develops Chiclet-Sized Device That Purifies Water Using Sunlight

A tiny black tablet could prove to be a very big deal from impoverished countries to the Pacific Crest Trail. Researchers at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University have developed a tiny, Chiclet-sized device that uses solar energy to disinfect water. During lab experiments, the device killed 99.999 percent of bacteria present after just 20 minutes. Unlike boiling a pot of water which requires fuel or purifying water with an ultraviolet wand, which requires charging, the tiny tab needs only sunlight, and can be infinitely reused. Read more about this miracle of science at