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Nothing Says Summer More Than This Giant Slip 'N Slide On A City Street

Video: 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.


Adding Water To Solids Can Actually Make Them Stronger

It may sounder counter-intuitive, but adding drops of humble old water into solid materials can actually increase their strength and changes their other properties in interesting and useful ways.


The Magic Of Writing On Water With A Fountain Pen

Video: I love to watch someone write with a fountain pen. It tickles my neck to hear the strokes and see the trail it leaves. This video, however, shows a fountain pen writing a little differently. It’s writing with water. It’s like magic seeing the ink of the fountain pen instantly flow through the capillaries of the water.


Some Of Canada's Lakes Are Turning Into Jelly Thanks To Acid Rain

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.


Rosetta Is Sending Back Intriguing Data On The Origins Of Earth's Water

While you were worrying about Philae’s landing, the spacecraft Rosetta has been patiently circling the comet, doing its own science. And it’s just dropped some intriguing results into the big debate over how Earth got its water.


How You Can Supercool Water At Home

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.


Playing Around With A Water Bubble In Space Must Never Get Old

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.


Seeing Surfers At 1000fps Is Like Watching A Sea Monster Swallow People

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.


Oysters Are Fantastic At Filtering Dirty Water

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.


Satellite Dishes Can Turn Toxic Waste From Fracking Into Clean Water

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.