If you were doing research in the 60s, You might've heard of Polywater,
A form of water that exhibited wide variety of interesting characteristics and existed under identical conditions to that of normal water. Eventually debunked, none the less is a fascinating story. Naturally one draws parallels to Vonnegut's ice nine, but did you know there actually is an ice nine?
In fact, there's twelve to sixteen types of ice
, depending on your opinion.
More recently, computer simulations have indicated water may structure itself into icosahedra
, which, incredibly, is the platonic solid (described over 2000 years ago!) representing the element water!
And if you don't know what an icosahedron is, I bet you've used one before
. One of the most ubiquitous, and arguably most important,
substances in our lives, our understanding of water
is far from complete.
posted by Large Marge
on Apr 29, 2008 -
"California has a decision to make. We either brace ourselves for long-term [water] cuts that threaten our economy and our very way of way of life, or we invest in a solution to fix the [San Francisco Bay] Delta
and expand our water toolbox
so we can meet future challenges head-on.” [more inside]
posted by salvia
on Sep 16, 2007 -
Here are some ways
to shrink your unnatural water- and gas-guzzling lawn and plant something that is beautiful and requires no
water usage, no mowing, and is more likely to attract more interesting wildlife. With this much lawn
in the U.S., and incessant water shortages
, and other water issues
in our present and looming in the future, why not go native? Naturally, there are objections
, since local ordinances often don't allow for natural prairie lawns, and the neighborhood stick-up-butt committees are quick to remove
things they consider eyesores. What is your lawn worth to you?
posted by taursir
on Sep 9, 2007 -
I was taking a shower and thinking about all of the music videos that include water
in them. It is an overused theme according to this
site, and I agree. I have included some painful
ones to make my point. But wait, I stumbled upon this
and was mildy turned-on in some strange way. God help me.
Then my mind moved to a friend of mine who was obsessed with Johnny
songs. There are quite a few of those too as you may well imagine... [more inside]
posted by haunted by Leonard Cohen
on Sep 6, 2007 -
You folks out there in MeFi Town been keeping up with the water
themed MeFi Music Challenge
? There's been some mighty fine uploads for you to check out! But if there was ever
a piece of music deserving the water
tag, it's this
drenching wet masterpiece by Brazil's brilliant, eccentric musical genius Hermeto Pascual
, in which Hermeto and his band play bottles full of water, and flutes full of water, and, well, the lake. Música da Lagoa: water music at its very best. And its very wettest. [more inside]
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Jul 6, 2007 -
Scientists have discovered a planet composed of scorching hot ice
. Originally thought to be a gas giant due to its mass, its actually only four times the size of Earth and most likely composed of exotic forms of ice, such as Ice VII and Ice X
with s surface temperature of 300° C.
posted by Artw
on May 16, 2007 -
Roads To Riches (or We've Got a Bridge in Brooklyn to Sell You--Seriously)
-- Why investors are clamoring to take over America's highways, bridges, and airports—and why the public should be nervous.--...a slew of Wall Street firms—Goldman, Morgan Stanley, the Carlyle Group, Citigroup, and many others—is piling into infrastructure ... Assets sold now could change hands many times over the next 50 years, with each new buyer feeling increasing pressure to make the deal work financially. It's hardly a stretch to imagine service suffering in such a scenario; already, the record in the U.S. has been spotty. ...
posted by amberglow
on Apr 29, 2007 -
Tap Project. What if every glass of water you drank quenched someone else's thirst?
Looks like its only official in NYC restaurants this Thursday, but hopefully it will expand to other cities.
posted by allkindsoftime
on Mar 20, 2007 -
- "of an individual, business or nation is defined as the total volume of freshwater that is used to produce the goods and services consumed by the individual, business or nation"
posted by Gyan
on Jan 11, 2007 -
Gregory Colbert's Ashes and Snow
has been linked to twice before on Metafilter. However, you can now view 10 minutes
of his film as part of his Ted Talk--it's the most stunning nature footage I've ever seen. In the talk he also mentions a new concept he's developing called Animal Copyright
, which I think is long overdue.
posted by dobbs
on Jan 2, 2007 -
Clean water is a right:
"The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) published its annual report on human development
. It denounces the world's complacent disregard for such unglamorous subjects as standpipes, latrines and the 1.8m children who die each year from diarrhoea because the authorities cannot keep their drinking water separate from their faeces. The study
is both coldly analytical and angry..."
posted by kliuless
on Nov 24, 2006 -
invented a water powered car
that estimates showed could travel from one US coast to the other on 22 gallons of water. He shows the in car in operation in this old news clip
. So what ever happened to him? He died after eating at a restaurant on March 21, 1998. An autopsy report showed the cause of death to be poisoning
posted by banished
on Nov 21, 2006 -
Miracles You’ll See In The Next Fifty Years
Some more up-to-date predictions: science
, space travel
, mental health
, smart machines
, robots, mind uploading
What is your prediction
posted by MetaMonkey
on Oct 5, 2006 -