climate change
Here’s Where the Post-Apocalyptic Water Wars Will Be Fought

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. Read More >>

Water Park Closed as Water Turns Toxic

Water-based fun has been cancelled in the Ipswich area, thanks to dangerous levels of potentially toxic blue green algae triggered by the warm weather -- leaving the operators of Aqua Park Suffolk no alternative than to close up for the summer lest the punters go home exhausted and infected. Read More >>

Will Smith Pulls a Shift in Boots to Sell His Kid’s Bottled Water Brand

Will Smith has taken on a small part-time role in a branch of Boots, where he used his star power to help sell a brand of bottled water. A new bottled water that's being pushed by his son, Jaden, as being better than all the other waters. Read More >>

Water Company Wants to Drain the Lake District

The water supplier with the amazingly utilitarian name of United Utilities has asked for permission to start taking extra water out of the Lake District's reserves, thanks to the fact that it hasn't rained quite as much as it usually does. Read More >>

You Can Actually Light a BBQ Using Water

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 faucets. 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? Read More >>

Performance Artist Separates Money From Dupes With £22 Bottles of Miracle ‘Hot Dog Water’

Here’s something to give even Goop’s “bio-frequency healing” stickers a run for the money of various rubes: A Canadian man successfully sold slickly marketed bottles of water with hot dogs in them as a miraculous cure-all for whatever ails customers at exorbitant prices. Read More >>

How to Instantly Stop the Sound of a Dripping Tap, According to Science

It’s tempting to think that the “plink” sound produced by a falling water droplet on a liquid surface is caused by the droplet itself, but new research points to an unexpected source of this familiar, yet annoying, sound. Excitingly, the researchers have also identified a neat hack to stop it. Read More >>

Water Shortages and Dengue Fever Could Hit England by the 2050s

The Environment Agency has had a go at counting up all the water, and the results will shock you. The horror headlines are that England, particularly the sweltering south east corner, could be dried-up and diseased and plagued by shortages inside 30 years, as the country slowly runs out of water. Read More >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>

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 >>