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These Silk Scarves Are Patterned With Real Raindrops

Depending on what you’re wearing, unexpected downpours can be real outfit ruiners. Rather than block the drops, Dutch designer Aliki van der Kruijs used them to make natural patterns on specially-treated silk scarves.


This Reflective Umbrella Surrounds You In A Super-Safe Halo Of Light

To me, whimsical umbrellas — you know, the kind printed with Starry Night or cats — have always seemed like a mockery of the rain-drenched commuter’s misery. But this reflective version actually makes practical sense, since it turns its owner into a glowing beacon of safety.


Could Fog Catchers Help Solve America's Drought Problem?

California’s running out of water. This year’s record-breaking drought — coming after two already dry years — has the state scrambling for the liquid stuff. Plans to seed clouds for extra snowfall are already in place. But do we really require storm clouds for water? Why not use fog?


Can Bad Weather Actually Cause Joint Ache?

You might have heard grandma or grandpa predicting a storm because they “could feel it in their bones” and when a storm hit you probably thought they’d been watching the weather channel. Turns out, their joints probably do get a little achy when it’s about to rain.


China Plans To Fight Its Smog With Artificial Rain

China has an awful smog problem, which means its cities smell, are hard to breathe in, and, in the most unfortunate extreme, give children cancer. But its authorities hope that it may have found a solution, in the form of artificial rain.


Mount Etna Is Making It Rain Rocks

There’s nothing like some casual rock precipitation to make you glad you packed your umbrella.


These Minimalist Watercolours Are Made From Real Drops Of Rain

Most folks pick up the pace or seek cover when the skies open up and it starts to pour, but that’s precisely when Gustavo Sousa takes to the streets to collect some creative inspiration. The Brazil-born, New York-based art director uses h20 sent straight from the heavens for his Rain Paintings, a series of small watercolor clouds identified by the date and location they were made.


Someone Finally Made A Visor For Your Car's Side Mirrors

Most cars have wipers on the front and back windscreens, and some even on the the headlights. But you’ll be hard pressed to find a vehicle with wiper blades on the side mirrors, which get just as wet and obscured when it’s raining.


Giz Explains: How Human Beings Control The Weather

Humans have been trying to control the weather since the day we traded in our spears for shovels. Cultures from every corner of the globe have worshipped rain-granting deities, and our sci-fi villains have been obsessed with flood and drought. But in the modern era, we no longer have use for the old water gods. We’ve got the technology, finally, to make the clouds do our bidding.


Facebook's Data Center Humidity 'Challenge' Was Indoor Rain

In 2011 Facebook reported that their first data centre in (Prineville in the US) had a high humidity issue. Probably not the best condition for servers, sure. But it turns out that wonky temperature controls were actually causing condensation in the data centre. Like indoor rain. Like it was literally raining in the server room.