UC Scientists Create SLUG-26 to Trap Water Pollutants; Indian Governor to Lecture

The chemical, named for the school's famed banana slug mascot, could clean radioactive water. The last Maharaja of Kashmir speaks on campus.

UC Santa Cruz chemists Honghan Fei and Scott Oliver have developed a material they say can lift pollutants from water.

Called SLUG-26, the chemical works like a a water softener, only instead of the removing positively-charged ions that make water hard, SLUG-26 can remove the positively-charged ions that can trap and remove radioactive waste produced by nuclear reactors.

This could be a huge development to rid groundwater of contamination from buried nuclear waste.


A former member of Indira Gandhi's cabinet, Karan Singh will lecture at UCSC Sept. 24 at 5:30 p.m.

Singh was the last Maharaja of Kashmir and served as its governor for 18 years. He was also Indian ambassador to the U.S.

He will be part of the Satyajit Ray lecture series and will give a speech titled: : “Nava Vedanta: Ancient Indian Philosophy of Non-dualism & its Modern Transformation.”

The lecture will be preceded by a screening of Indian Director Satyajit Ray's last movie: Agantuk (The Stranger) at 3 p.m. in the UCSC Media Theater.

UCSC's Satyajit Ray Film and Study Center is devoted to the study of the Indian director's films. See video here and here.


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