In the 1960s California had a serious plan to take water from Alaska

It's so ungodly hot in much of California right now that you can almost hear the sun sucking what's left of our reservoirs dry. But if a group of engineers and politicians would have had their way in 1964, the lower 48 would be swimming in water imported from the far North—all the way from Alaska. » 9/16/14 5:39pm Tuesday 5:39pm

Helsinki Blasted Out an Underground Lake To Water-Cool Its Buildings

If you've visited Helsinki, you've probably spent time in its leafy Esplanade Park at the center of the city. Now Helsinki has turned the ground below the park into a subterranean lake which can keep buildings and other civic operations cool as part of a growing network that replaces traditional air conditioning… » 9/08/14 1:34pm 9/08/14 1:34pm

California Officials Say People Are Stealing Water Under the Cover of…

A fire hydrant or a spigot in a park might seem like innocuous civil courtesies, but in our drought-consumed future, they're dangerous weak spots in the infrastructure that protects our precious natural resources. Public officials in California say their water is being siphoned off illegally—and it may be indicative… » 8/29/14 5:30pm 8/29/14 5:30pm

These walking fish raised out of water on land help explain evolution

We know that hundreds of millions of years ago that fish left the water and eventually evolved into land animals. But what if we could see it happen right now? We sort of can. Scientists are raising fish to survive outside of water and to walk on land and they're changing right before our eyes. » 8/27/14 11:54pm 8/27/14 11:54pm

Rich People Are Trucking Their Own Water Into Drought-Ridden California

Although 81 percent of the state is experiencing an "extreme drought," for many parts of California there is no apparent water shortage. Visit the highest-income neighborhoods and you'll see lush lawns and sparkling fountains defiantly sucking our lifeblood from the Earth. Apparently, the rich will do whatever it… » 8/26/14 6:41pm 8/26/14 6:41pm

Why Fire Hydrants Don’t Freeze and Burst During Winter

The fire hydrant that we know today traces its origins back to fire plugs. Water mains that transported fresh water in a city or town used to be made of hollowed out logs buried beneath the streets. Whenever there was a fire and firefighters needed water, they dug up the cobblestone street and drilled a hole into the… » 8/12/14 5:40am 8/12/14 5:40am

Toxic Algae, Razor Blades, Olympics: What's Ruining Our Cities This Week

Lake Erie turned an eerie shade of green due to a toxic algae bloom, steering Toledo away from the taps. Someone putting razor blades in parking meters is making New Jersey residents wary. And 10 years later, poor Athens is still paying the price for hosting the Olympics. It's What's Ruining Our Cities. » 8/10/14 2:00pm 8/10/14 2:00pm

Surfing a never ending wave is like being stuck in a blender of fun

The barrel never ends, or at least that's what it feels like. When you think it's finally going to come crashing down, surfer Benji Brand goes through another water tunnel and keeps going and going. It's like a never ending wave where you can see everything spin around you and you never have to stop. » 7/30/14 9:59pm 7/30/14 9:59pm

Giant goliath fish punks a fisherman and then steals his fish and gun

This goliath grouper sure isn't happy about sharing the waters with us humans. It grumpily swims over to the man spearfishing, intimidates him with a little head butt and then steals the fish he caught. Even worse, he took the guy's gun for a little joy ride. It's like stealing someone's date right in front of them. » 7/29/14 11:49pm 7/29/14 11:49pm

Watch water doing crazy stuff on hydrophobic surfaces

There are a lot of great applications for materials being developed that display extreme water repelling properties, inspired by nature and particularly desert life. This video doesn't explain any of them and that's fine—I just like to watch all those crazy water droplets doing crazy stuff. » 7/25/14 10:24pm 7/25/14 10:24pm

How to Save Water (And Not Get Fined) In This Drought

Sprinkling scofflaws in the drought-stricken state of California are about to get an expensive wake up call. As water consumption rates climb despite Governor Brown's call for a voluntary 20 percent per household reduction, the State Water Board has voted to impose fines up to $500 for a variety of wasteful outdoor… » 7/19/14 12:00pm 7/19/14 12:00pm

Nothing says summer more than this giant Slip 'n Slide on a city street

Now this is how you enjoy summer. You go to San Francisco, you lay out blue tarp on a city street, you bust open a fire hydrant and you create one of the biggest Slip 'n Slides ever. Oh and you ride that thing down while screaming out of your mind. It's absolutely perfect for a sunny summer day. » 7/14/14 11:20pm 7/14/14 11:20pm

The Surprising Science in a Single Drop of Regular Ol' Tap Water

Tap water: we drink it, we bathe in it, we wash our clothes and dishes with it, and we cook with it. We probably take it for granted. But delivering clean, safe water to every kitchen and bathroom in America is no easy task, as Wired explains in this eye-opening little explanation into the secret life of tap water. » 7/12/14 9:00am 7/12/14 9:00am

Why Is Some Ice Clear and Some Cloudy?

Unless you happen to have a specialized ice machine in your home, it is practically guaranteed that the ice your freezer makes is of the cloudy variety. A popular and well known trick to making clear(er) ice is to either boil the water first or use distilled water. However, even doing this won't guarantee the kind of… » 7/10/14 5:00am 7/10/14 5:00am