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In the news: books you can drink!

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They say that reading is good for you, but did you know that it can also _1_ your life?

The Drinkable Book is a new _2_ that is both a water filter and an instruction manual for how and why to clean drinking water.

In developing countries, access to clean water is _3_. According to the World Health Organization, more than 3.4 million people _4_ each year from water, sanitation, and hygiene related causes. Nearly 100% of deaths occur in the developing world.

It's hoped this filtering device will save lives as well as making things much _5_ for millions of people.

Pages can be torn _6_ of the book and used to filter dirty water. Each book contains tiny particles of copper and silver, that _7_ eliminate over 99% of bacteria. As dirty water _8_ through the paper, bacteria absorbs the silver ions which causes it to die.

One page can purify up _9_ 100 liters (about 26 gallons) of water and one book can supply one person's drinking water needs for about four years, the researchers said.

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