Science: Drop to Drink

Scientists have lately announced a number of ingenious new contraptions to make sea water drinkable, but the war's ship wrecked have yet to quench their thirst with one of them. Last week two Navy chemists produced what looked like the first really practical solution. The Navy thought so well of their invention that it ran off a demonstration for newsmen.

The Navy's device, like that of Caltech's Physicist Alexander Goetz (TIME, June 7), uses chemicals to remove salts from the water. Equipment consists of a packet of chemicals the size of a deck of...

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