The Earth around the Mariana Trench, which contains the deepest point on the planet, could be slurping up at least four times more water than previously estimated, according to new research.
Tagged With 18:9
A United Nations report published last week said we have about a decade to get climate change under control, which—let’s be honest—isn’t likely to happen. So break out your goalie masks and harpoon guns, a Mad Max future awaits! Now, as new research points out, we even know where on Earth the inevitable water wars are most likely to take place.
Your tongue is a salt detector – it dissolves the solid salt crystals sprinkled on your chips to create an intense flavour sensation.
But salt is way more important than just being a food additive.
Salt water is literally the most common substance on the surface of Earth, and it’s really important – for life and for the planet.
Video: It’s a crucial compound when it comes to supporting life, but water has so many amazing properties that there’s a lifetime of experiments to try with what comes pouring out of your taps. It’s common knowledge that water is an effective tool for dousing a flame, but did you know that you can use water to start a fire too?
Plastic bottles aren't great. If we could find a suitably cheap, environmentally-friendly replacement, I think everyone would be much happier. While Choose Water's alternative, crafted from paper pulp and "secret" materials, isn't quite there yet, the fact it degrades in months, rather hundreds of years, is already an excellent start.
Testing of 259 plastic water bottles from nine counties revealed microplastic particles in water from 242 of the bottles, according to a new report. The test has prompted the World Health Organisation to review the issue, though there is no firm evidence that the presence of microplastics would make bottled water unsafe to drink.
H20 is oh-so very weird. It's on the lighter side of gases, but it's one of the denser liquids. It's got an abnormally high freezing and melting point, and it is densest when four degrees above its freezing point, where it changes from a liquid to a solid. A new paper seems to show a source for that weirdness.
From the moment that seven Earth-sized planets were discovered in orbit around TRAPPIST-1 -- an ultracool dwarf star located 39 light years away -- astronomers have been busy trying to learn everything they can about this intriguing star system, particularly its potential to foster life. Recently, an international team of scientists used the Hubble Space Telescope to assess the chances of water existing on these planets -- and the results are promising.
Video: We've all made a tiny ping-pong ball float on a hair dryer, but what YouTube's Veritasium is demonstrating here -- a giant Styrofoam ball floating on the side of a thin stream of water -- seems to contradict every scientific law governing our universe. But there is an explanation as to what's happening.
On Wednesday, Michigan's Attorney General announced it will charge Nick Lyon, the Health and Human Services Director, with involuntary manslaughter for his role in the Flint water crisis. During the crisis, caused in part by substandard water treatment, 100,000 residents were exposed to elevated levels of lead, a dangerous neurotoxin, and were at elevated risk for Legionnaire's disease, a waterborne illness linked to 14 deaths in the city since 2014.
Manufacturing 2,000 litres of drinkable water, extracted from the air (using renewable energy), at a cost of less than two cents per litre.
That's the challenge set to those entering the Water Abundance XPRIZE, where 98 teams from 25 countries will compete for the $1.75 million. Four Australian teams will take on the challenge, and we spoke to Hydro Harvest Operation (H20) about how they plan to win.
Our little red neighbour may be a rocky red wasteland now, but a lot of people think it was once an ocean-covered world just like our own. After scientists found some evidence of flowing water back in 2015, folks started to take these claims even more seriously. Heck, maybe Mars even supported life.