The cool trick beetles use to breathe underwater like scuba divers

You see that bubble attached to the beetle? That’s basically an air tank that the beetle uses so that it can breathe underwater. Because they’re so small, they can use water’s surface tension to trap air in bubbles on their body so they can swim under water without having to constantly come up for air. Other beetles… »11/11/15 11:30pm11/11/15 11:30pm

Drought Vigilantes Take Matters Into Their Own Hands To Identify the "Wet Prince of Bel Air"

Last month, the Center for Investigative Reporting named a single property owner in Los Angeles as the top water guzzler in California: This person used an astonishing 11.8 million gallons in one year. This person was also given the best nickname ever: “The Wet Prince of Bel Air.” »11/10/15 3:00pm11/10/15 3:00pm

How to Desalinize Water Using Half the Energy of Traditional Methods 

In the next ten years, Earth’s population is expected to increase by one billion, and only 3% of our planet’s water is fit for drinking or farming. Most of that relatively small amount is trapped in frozen glaciers. But Egyptian researchers have developed a way of removing the salt out of sea water for our growing… »10/30/15 2:00pm10/30/15 2:00pm

Controlling Bubbles in Boiling Water Could Make Power Plants More Efficient 

The act of boiling water helps us brew coffee and cook pasta—and it’s also what fuels most of the world’s energy sources. But boiling is really all about the bubbles, and until now their formation had been seen as random and haphazard. MIT engineers say they can now control the formation of bubbles, which might change… »10/28/15 9:20am10/28/15 9:20am

The fun sparkling spiral of a spinning ball drenched in water

It’s always fun when the least complicated thing—this is just a ball soaked in water thrown in the air by the Slow Mo Guys—makes for such a spectacular visual in slow motion. The spiral of the foam ball is awesome as it jets out all the water it was holding inside. Plus, the droplets of water catch the sun just right… »10/24/15 7:00pm10/24/15 7:00pm

A Clever Way of Getting Clean Water to a Ballooning Global Population

With over 1.2 billion citizens, India is the second-most populated nation on Earth. Sixty-eight percent of Indians live in rural areas that might not have clean drinking water. Since the world population will hit 9 billion by 2050, with many of those people living in developing countries, increased access to clean… »10/14/15 11:00am10/14/15 11:00am

Seeing this surfer stand underneath the barrel of the wave is totally surreal

Since most of us uncoordinated plebeians will never be able to even stand up on a surfboard, this is very probably the closest we’ll ever get to the unbelievable beauty that is riding through the barrel of the wave. Bruno Santos shows us a completely surreal view of what it’s like and man, it’s gorgeous. It’s like… »10/10/15 3:45pm10/10/15 3:45pm

California's Sweeping New Marijuana Industry Laws Are a Win For the Environment

A comprehensive suite of marijuana regulations were passed by California Governor Jerry Brown yesterday, creating much-needed government oversight over the state’s billion-dollar industry. The bill specifically addresses the environmental impact of growing marijuana, including water use during the drought.
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Behold the Beauty of This Bouncing Blob of Liquid Loveliness on the Space Station

Astronauts on the International Space Station have stepped up the entertainment factor of their fluid dynamics antics. They’ve added food colouring to the already-excellent combination of zero gravity, water droplet, and antacid tablet, creating a sparkly disco ball of pure joy. »10/10/15 9:00am10/10/15 9:00am