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It’s a real bummer to hear that 150 years of industrialisation wrecked the Earth so bad that it will take thousands to recover. It’s a much bigger bummer to see the situation in real life. That’s exactly what’s happening in a large number of Canada’s lakes, which are turning into jelly thanks to acid rain.
Supercooled water is super fun the first time you see it. Still in liquid state, it’s actually well below zero — so, when you touch it with a spoon, say, it turns solid right before your eyes. The best bit? You can make it at home.
I’m happy when I see astronauts happy. There’s something about seeing people in space enjoy all there is about space that’s just infectious. Even the little things, like playing around with a giant water bubble blob. I mean, I would do the same thing they’re doing. Let it swallow my hands while a GoPro is inside.
Video: If you’re not convinced that the ocean isn’t just one giant sea monster, here is some evidence for your fantasy theory: this video of surfers surfing at 1000fps. Come on, the ocean totally looks like a monster here! More reasonable view: it’s a really amazing surfing video captured gloriously in beautiful slow-motion.
Video: Oysters are fun to eat, because they’re delicious and celebratory and remind you of the ocean. Turns out that last part is especially true, because those suckers are just fantastic at filtering out dirty water. Watch these oysters slurp up the dirty water in the tank in this timelapse and make it all clean.
In the past few years, earthquakes in Oklahoma have been on the mysterious rise — the state has had more earthquakes than even California. Why? One big fat finger has been pointed at fracking, in which toxic wastewater is injected into wells that can leak and lubricate faults. We clearly need a better solution for this wastewater, and that solution may involve satellite dishes.
Swimming inside an iceberg looks amazing because the ice looks like glass and that’s crazy, and because it kind of resembles an underwater version of Superman’s Fortress of Solitude. Or at least, like a crystal palace. National Geographic shows us how a free diver explores the ice cold waters below.
Venice Island, which officially opened this month in Philadelphia, has all the amenities you might expect from a nice city park — gardens, basketball court, amphitheatre — but also something unexpected: a 15 million litre sewage overflow tank. And you know what? A park built on top of the sewer is a very good thing.
Video: These boats racing against each other pack nearly 8000 horsepower and can hit speeds of 418km/h. Basically, they’re really, really fast. But what’s even cooler is what the boats leave in their wake, a perfect wall of water that shoots out and up into the sky. It’s like they’re tearing the water apart.