Ask Slashdot: Why Are We Still Writing Text-Based Code?
For the same reason we still write text-based stories, send text-based emails, text based text messages, etc etc.
There isn't a way to express tree structures directly, without jumping back and forth, so we have settled on (or evolved to) a standard way to linearize such structures, which is called grammar.
There's no advantage to any other representation, but rather there is a huge disadvantage to other representations because our brains have spent the last million or so years evolving to be adept at manipulating language in this way.
Machine Condenses Drinking Water Out of Thin Air
The amount of water output by a dehumidifier is proportional to the humidity of the air. Presumably you have a dehumidifier in your basement because it is so humid that the humidity causes problems, that is to say, far more humid than an average kitchen.
I don't see how this is news though, you could just put a cup under the spout on any air conditioner and then sterilize the water.