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Sulis Personal Water Purifier: A Bottle-Top Device That Could Save Lives

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We've already written about the LifeStraw, a product that could save the lives of the 1.5 million under-fives who die each year from drinking untreated water, and here's another. Developed by an Israeli company called Water Sheer, the Sulis personal water purifier (named after the Roman goddess of spring water) is a 2.7-inch, 10-gram device which you attach to the top of a bottle of water to drink through.

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As well as helping people in the developing world, the device, which can purify water tainted by organic, biological, and chemical contaminates, is also aimed at hikers, victims of natural disasters, and the military. The company is looking for investors in order to build a manufacturing plant and start production, but they say the device, which is good for purifying 1,000 liters of water and, unlike other purifying devices makes the water taste like, well, fresh water, will cost no more than a "large coffee and cake at Starbucks".

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Achiron,

Don't be an ass.

It was developed by an Israeli company. No one, other than you, said that Israel is a third-world country. I can only assume from your deeply flawed logic that you believe only third-world countries should be working on solutions to third-world problems. Should sub-Saharan nations be leading the charge and paying the lion's share for HIV/AIDS treatment or should the United States, who is in a much better financial and technological position?

The fact is that diseases like dysentery, cholera, malaria and dengue fever run rampant over many third-world countries. This creates a self-destructive loop, especially when coupled with political strife that is often endemic to such countries. As a nation's financial resources are stretched to offer treatment to the most people possible, the nation often can only offer the most basic treatment for the symptoms. That is a best-case scenario. Cures and preventative measures cannot be implemented due to lack of funding.

Making matters worse, civil war often overlays such conditions, creating an even bigger drain on already strained resources. In many nations, even basic treatments such as anti-malarials or water filtration is beyond the reach because the military conflict in the region has tapped all of the available resources.

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Also, it's spelled (in English/Roman letters) B'Nai Barak, not beney. I swear, some people are about as useful as a retarded unicorn.