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7 Odd and Extreme Mineral Formations

The world is made up of wondrous chemicals that sometimes do pretty out-of-the-ordinary things. Here are seven places where minerals, carried by water, by heat, or by the actions of Mother Earth herself, left us with strange and wonderful sights. 1. Pamukkale Terraces, Turkey Looks ice cold, doesn’t it? Actually, the water is quite warm at the [...]

Santa Hat Ice Cream Cones

All you need to make your own great Santa hat is a little water to bend the cone and some warm red melting chocolate to add some color. Holiday Happenings has all the details to make your own. Link

Did warm water once flow on Mars ?

Meteor impacts may have once heated up the water on Mars sufficiently for life to have developed. The hunt for water on Mars has always been considere…

Feathered Piranha

You really don’t have to worry about most species of piranha. As long as you stay out of the water, they won’t kill you. Now flying piranhas, they’re a different story. Here’s a specimen preserved by taxidermy artist Julien Salaud. They look pretty, but you don’t want one coming up to your bird feeder. Link -via [...]

Skeletons found in ancient Israeli well

A well dating back 8,500 years was unearthed by workers who were digging up a road in Israel. The well is believed to have provided water to the local…

8 Wonderful Terraced Pools Around the World

Looks ice cold, doesn’t it? Actually, the water is quite warm at the Pamukkale terraces in Turkey. The white formations are deposits of minerals from spring water that built up into a series of dams, making the terraced pools what they are. That process is typical of the eight places featured in this list, although [...]

Could This Inflatable Plug Have Prevented New York City’s Subways From Flooding?

The design of this inflatable object was commissioned by the US Department of Homeland Security to be used in response to terrorist attacks against subways. But perhaps it could also be used to prevent future subway floods like those that happened recently in New York City: The plugs can be inflated in about three minutes. But [...]

Bouncing a Drop of Water on Water

Here’s a nifty party trick, courtesy of physics: how to bounce droplets of water on the surface of water. Physics Buzz Blog explains: Typically, when a droplet of water plunges into a pool of water, it [...]

First World Problems

(YouTube link) These modern irritations sound completely ridiculous in a different context. This video was produced by The Gift of Water as part of their series about first world problems. The videos bring attention to Water Is Life, an organization dedicated to bringing a safe water supply to everyone. Link

Faucet Changes Color with the Water Temperature

HANSA International’s Hansacanyon Faucet has LEDs that light up with different colors based upon the temperature of the water passing through it. Blue is for cold water, violet for lukewarm and red for hot. Link -via Dornob