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Asteroids Really Could Have Brought Water to Earth, Experiment With Giant Rock Blaster Shows

You may have heard the theory that asteroids are responsible for Earth’s water. You may also have thought, hah, there’s no way that asteroids could have brought all that water to Earth. But fake asteroid impacts are now demonstrating that, yeah, maybe they did. Read More >>

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Report Finds Microplastic in 93 Per Cent of Bottled Water Tested, But Don’t Freak Out Yet

Testing of 259 plastic water bottles from nine countries revealed microplastic particles in water from 242 of the bottles, according to a new report. The test has prompted the World Health Organization to begin its own investigation, though there is no firm evidence that the presence of microplastics would make bottled water unsafe to drink. Read More >>

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Scientists Watch Water Change Phase From a Liquid… to a Liquid

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. Read More >>

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Poo Germs, Not Sharks, Make Swimming in the Ocean So Treacherous

It’s polluted, germ-filled sludge, not sharks, that will make going to the beach more dangerous than just staying home this summer — at least according to a cleverly titled review published this week in the International Journal of Epidemiology. Read More >>

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Water Detection Dog Tested on Leaking Northern Water Pipes

The very real science of dogs using their noses to do clever things is being put to new use in the north east, where a water-sniffing dog is being used to see if holes in water pipes can be uncovered without everyone having to get the shovels out. Read More >>

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Scientists Observe Incredible New Kind of Ice Thought to Exist in Uranus’ Centre

Here is an ice cube you do not want to put in your Diet Coke: A solid lattice of oxygen atoms with protons whizzing around inside of it. This ice is not normal on Earth, but might be elsewhere. And scientists have created it in a lab. Read More >>

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Posh Bottled Water Ads Banned for Life-Extending Claims

A bottled water brand that's too posh to be sold near where any of us lot live is in trouble, with the makers of No 1 Rosemary Water told to stop advertising it in a manner that suggests it's some sort of magical elixir with the power to extend life. All water is like that, in some way. Read More >>

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New Scheme Wants Free Water For Everyone by 2021

In a bid to cut down on plastic waste, industry body Water UK wants to see free water refill points in all major towns and cities across the UK by 2021. If you're thirsty while you're out and about, forget popping into Tesco Express to pick up a plastic bottle filled with cola; instead, fill up your own reusable bottle with some free water. Read More >>

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Scientists Make Coldest Liquid Water Ever, and It’s Weirder Than They Imagined

You’re definitely familiar with water’s freezing point: 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius). But that’s not the coldest water could be. “Supercooled” water is water that exists below that point. Scientists in a few labs lab have now made the coldest water yet. Read More >>

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Hubble Observations Suggest Water May Be Abundant on Outer TRAPPIST-1 Planets

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. Read More >>

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What Sorcery Keeps This Giant Ball Floating on a Tiny Stream of Water?

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. Read More >>

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The Scientists Turning Air Into Drinking Water, With Renewable Energy

Manufacturing 2,000 litres of drinkable water, extracted from the air (using renewable energy), at a cost of less than a penny per litre. Read More >>

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How Deep Was Mars’ Ocean?

Our little red neighbour may be a rocky red wasteland now, but lots 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. Read More >>

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The Moon’s South Pole May Be Icier Than We Realised

For decades, scientists have wondered if frost persists inside the dark and cold craters of the Moon’s poles. The recent discovery of unusually bright areas near the Moon’s south pole suggests this very well may be the case. But as a potential source of water for aspiring lunar colonists, the quantity of this surface frost may come as a disappointment. Read More >>

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Demand Free Water to End Plastic Pollution

We are apparently all too polite and embarrassed to be seen as poor freeloaders to ask for tap water in pubs and restaurants, hence we pay way too much money for bottled water, with the empty plastic vessels then embarking on a one-way mission into the stomach of a sea lion or whale. Read More >>