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Water

  1. Here’s a Video of Water Droplets Pulsing Like They’re At a Nightclub

    Now wave your hydrogen molecules in the air like you just don't care!

    The Leidenfrost Effect is what happens when water is introduced to an incredibly hot surface and part of it vaporizes upon contact, creating a barrier that briefly protects the rest of the liquid and causes it to oscillate as the vapor travels upward. That's what's happening to the droplet in this video here—well, or it's listening to "Uptown Funk" and can't keep from dancing. One or the other.

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  2. New Bio-Sensor Takes Liquid From Your Skin to Tell You If You’re Thirsty

    Because your body has no way of knowing that otherwise.

    Man, listening to what your body is telling you can be so difficult. Am I thirsty? How should I know? How do thirst happens? Worry not, dehydrated dummies, because soon you might be able to buy a computer that will burrow into your skin and tell you whether or not you are thirsty so you don't have to think about it anymore.

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  3. AsapSCIENCE Explains Exactly What Happens to Our Bodies When We Don’t Drink Water

    Seriously, when was the last time you peed?

    In honor of World Water Day this Saturday, AsapSCIENCE has a graphic reminder of what happens to our bodies when we forget to properly hydrate. Spoiler alert: it's not good.

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  4. UNICEF Tap Project Trades Time on Your Phone for Clean Water for Children

    If you don't do this for at least 10 minutes, you are history's greatest monster.

    I'm sitting here at my desk sipping some clean, filtered, safe, and drinkable water while my phone goes untouched next to my laptop. The phone's browser is open to the UNICEF Tap Project site, and for every ten minutes I go without touching it they're donating a day's worth of clean water to a child in need. You can, and should, do this too.

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  5. Can You Drink Too Much Water? AsapSCIENCE Explains Water Intoxication [Video]

    It's like being drunk on water, only you could also die.

    Short answer: yes. But don't worry, because odds are that you're probably not drinking enough water to begin with, so it's probably not something you have to worry about unless you're a world-class marathon runner. Just in case, though, AsapSCIENCE wants you to know what happens if you drink too much water at once.

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  6. The Possible Water Flows on Mars Are Nothing New, Chill, Internet

    OLD. (Am I doing Internet right?)

    NASA's Mars orbiting spacecraft have sent some new information about the dark streaks, or recurring slope lineae (RSL), on the surface of Mars, and people have gotten a little excited, because water on Mars could mean life on Mars. If you got out your alien party hat, you're a bit late, because the RSL were first announced in 2011.

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  7. Water Found in Stardust Points to Life Elsewhere in the Universe

    Or maybe it doesn't—science is such a tease.

    Scientists finally have proof that stardust contains water and the consequent ability to sow seeds of life throughout the heavens. If you're surprised stardust is a real thing outside of fairy tales, let alone the reason we all exist, you're not alone.

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  8. “Supercritical Water” That Can Start Fires Is Being Tested on the International Space Station

    You'll never guess what they want to burn with it. Unless you guess, "poop." Then you're spot on.

    Water puts out fire, right? Well if you put it under enough heat and pressure water goes all Super Saiyan and becomes "supercritical water." Water's ultimate form is capable of burning material it comes in contact with, and could prove useful for closed-system poop management in places like the ISS where it's being tested.

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  9. Want Clean Water? There’s a Billboard For That

    When you walk or drive by a billboard, you're probably (a) delighted by what's being advertised, (b) annoyed at what's being advertised, or (c) annoyed by the eyesore the whole thing presents. What you're probably not thinking is, "I sure could use a glass of water. How about I head over there and fill up?" But in Lima, Peru, there's a billboard for that. An ad agency and the University of Engineering and Technology (UTEC) have installed a billboard that produces clean water.

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  10. Research Shows Pruney Fingers Are an Evolutionary Advantage, Still Gross to Look At

    Among other things our pedantic mothers warned us about when playing around in a swimming pool, getting pruney fingers from staying in the water too long was one of them, as though having one's fingertips resemble tiny geriatric faces was a terminal disease. It's a common experience nearly every human being on the planet has shared and yet science has never quite determined the purpose of this wrinkly phenomenon -- until now. Once thought to have been the swelling of the outer layers of skin caused from extended submersion, a research team from the Institute of Neuroscience at Newcastle University has discovered that pruney digits are an evolutionary response of the nervous system which allows us to get a grip on wet surfaces.

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  11. Trees In Cloud Forests Absorb Water Through Leaves As Well As Roots

    Trees in cloud forests get plenty of fog to go around, but rainfall that actually saturates the ground can be rare. According to researchers from the University of California Berkeley, the trees that populate those forests have found an evolutionary workaround -- rather than depending solely on their roots to absorb water, they have developed the ability to drink in the water vapor in the clouds that surround them through their leaves.

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  12. Mars Meteorites Reveal Red Planet Was Once Home To Warm Water, Could Have Sustained Life

    It's no news that the surface of Mars was once home to water, but scientists may have just found more evidence that that same water could have once been teeming with living creatures -- or at least supported enough of them to prove we're not alone in the universe. Researchers from The Open University and the University of Leicester have found evidence in meteorites from Mars that the water on the Red Planet may once have been warm enough to support life.

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  13. Detectable Levels of Artificial Sweetener Found In Lake Erie

    The bad news: The water at a Pennsylvania beach on Lake Erie is full of artificial sweetener and no one really knows what that means. The good news? If you could figure out a way to combine it with the slightly caffeinated water of the Puget Sound, you would have Lake Diet Coke. If you did that, we have to assume that would win you all of the Nobel Prizes.

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  14. Water On Moon’s Surface Created By Solar Winds, Could Suggest Water Present On Asteroids

    Researchers from the University of Tennessee have found proof for the theory that water present on the surface of the Moon is the product of solar winds. This work not only shows that other teams have been on the right track, but suggests that large, planet like bodies such as asteroids could also house water created by the same process, in which solar winds carry charged hydrogen particles millions of miles to bond with oxygen particles, producing water molecules in unexpected places.

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  15. World’s Smallest Snowflake Created, Only Takes 275 Water Molecules

    Have you ever wondered how many molecules, exactly, it actually takes to make an ice crystal? You haven't? Yeah, us neither. That hasn't stopped researchers at Germany's Max Planck Institute from devoting significant portions of their rapidly passing mortal lives to answering that question. We can all now sleep better knowing that to make an ice crystal, you need about 275 water molecules.

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  16. Nanoparticles Let Water Boil Without Bubbling, Future Is Officially Now

    I don't know how many times you've let water boil over the sides of a pot while cooking pasta, but if you're anything like me the number is somewhere in the ballpark of "a bajillion times." That travesty may soon be a thing of the past, thanks to nanoparticles which can disperse heat in boiling water, making sure your water comes to an extremely hot boil while remaining as placid as a remote mountain lake. A mountain lake filled with delicious spaghetti. Also, yes, I've totally had that dream before. It's a happy place for me.

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  17. Tiny Drops Of Water Can Be Used For Basic Computing

    Researchers at Aalto University have devised a way to convert tiny drops of water into encoded digital information, building a simple computer out of just water droplets and a water-repellant surface. A new study in the journal Advanced Materials demonstrates that, using a hydrophobic surface that causes water to bead up and roll off, researchers can follow the trails of individual water droplets along paths in the surface. That predictability allowed researchers to build simple computers like a memory device that tracks the droplets and encodes them as bits of information, with drops on one track representing ones and drops on the other representing zeroes. They even demonstrated machines that can use the technology to complete basic Boolean operations.

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  18. Woman Addicted To Water Drinks 100 Glasses A Day

    Sasha Kennedy of Essex is addicted to water, drinking 25 liters of the stuff a day, far exceeding the USDA Recommended Daily Water Intake of  2.7 liters. Her condition provokes many pressing questions, namely "Won't that dilute her blood?" and "Has she ever tried soda?"

    What surprised me most was that the condition had a name: Psychogenic polydipsia. It is "an uncommon clinical disorder characterized by excessive water-drinking in the absence of a physiologic stimulus to drink" and is typically found among mental patients on phenothiazine medications. Kennedy appears to be completely sane, although she does experience the dry mouth sensation characteristic of the condition.

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  19. Bill Gates Funds Project to Create Potable Toilet Water

    The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has funded a project by Manchester University researcher Sarah Haigh with the end goal of making toilet water safe to drink, as well as being able to have energy extracted from it. Don't tell your dog just yet, but Patches may have some high quality water to sneak from the bathroom when you aren't looking sometime in the future.

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  20. Mall Sports New Fountain of Fire and Water [Video]

    This fountain at the new City Creek Center mall in Salt Lake City, spouts not only water, but employs fire and music in its mesmerizing dance. The fountain was designed by the same people who designed the iconic fountain at the Bellagio in Las Vegas, but, you know, this one is a fountain and shoots fire.

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