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Bad Mobile Phone Calls Could Actually Be Tracked To Detect Rainfall

Despite the many wonders of our modern mobile phones, using them to call a real live human can kind of suck. The sound is fuzzy, the calls drop randomly, and a simple rainstorm can make it all even worse. But there is surprising upside to all this: we can monitor the quality of mobile phone calls to track rain and floods in real time — especially in places like West Africa that lack traditional rain gauges.


The Sound Of Rain Made With Single Water Drops Sampled 10 Million Times

Yugo Nakamura is one of the most famous digital designers in the world. In his latest project, The Origin of the Sound of the Rain, he wanted to prove that a single drop of water sampled and reproduced a million times would actually sound like rain. And it really does.


What Causes The Smell After It Rains?

There are three primary sources of smells that commonly occur after rain. The first, the “clean” smell, in particular after a heavy thunderstorm, is caused by ozone. Ozone (scientifically known as trioxygen due to the fact that it is comprised of three oxygen atoms) is notably pungent and has a very sharp smell that is often described as similar to that of chlorine.


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.