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Tsunami Enabled Hundreds of Aquatic Species To Raft Across Pacific | Newsdesk
"Much of the debris the scientists found rafted ashore was made of fiberglass or other plastic materials that do not decompose and could easily survive six or more years at sea."
plastic  water  transport 
september 2017 by kevan
What’s the best way to cross the Thames in London? We’ve ranked all 63 options | CityMetric
"There are, depending on how you count, about 60 ways of crossing the Thames in London."
london  water  transport 
july 2017 by kevan
Heat Your House with Someone Else's Computers - IEEE Spectrum
"Cloud&Heat pays for the Internet connection and the power required to keep it running, and you get as much warm air and hot water as the servers in the box can produce, free of charge, as it quietly performs cloud computing tasks."
technology  water  computers  via:zarba 
november 2014 by kevan
Terminal Mirage — David Maisel
"Terminal Mirage examines the periphery of Utah’s Great Salt Lake, including zones of mineral evaporation ponds and macabre industrial pollution covering some 40,000 acres along the shores of the lake."
water  pollution  photography 
june 2014 by kevan
Greek Tax Avoidance 101: Cover Your Swimming Pool With A Tarp, Fool A Satellite | Zero Hedge
"[The] Greek finance ministry is using Google Earth software to track down the owners of the pools, which tax inspectors consider an indicator of wealth, and which have often been built illegally." [...] "All you need is a green-coloured cover and then the pool cannot be spotted from above."
maps  secrets  surveillance  water 
may 2013 by kevan
The whale that talked : Nature News & Comment
"The beluga’s caretakers had heard what sounded like garbled phrases emanating from the enclosure before, and it suddenly dawned on them that the whale might be imitating the voices of his human handlers."
mammals  language  water 
october 2012 by kevan
Photos: Tetrapod beaches of Japan ~ Pink Tentacle
"By some estimates, more than 50% of Japan's 35,000-kilometer (22,000-mi) coastline has been altered with tetrapods and other forms of concrete."
construction  japan  water 
april 2012 by kevan - Militarizing Your Backyard with Python: Computer Vision and the Squirrel Hordes
Firing computer-controlled water at squirrels. "By the end, they don't care. [...] They'll just sit there eating, getting spritzed. I thought for sure this would be the solution."
mammals  water  surveillance  police 
march 2012 by kevan
How to Clone Mineral Water
"After acquiring your terroir by mail order, you then simply weigh and measure your ingredients, dissolve them in your tap water, and play around with your Sodastream in order to match the level of carbonation."
water  technology  piracy 
february 2012 by kevan
Drowning Doesn’t Look Like Drowning
"The Instinctive Drowning Response [does] not look like most people expect. There is very little splashing, no waving, and no yelling or calls for help of any kind."
death  water  children  via:foe 
may 2011 by kevan
Walk With Me
"To try the soundwalk, right click the download link and 'save as'. Sync the downloaded file to you MP3 player of choice, wait until the next time it rains, and take it out with you. Put your headphones on, press 'play'."
sound  walking  water  via:_dspk 
june 2010 by kevan
An Effort by Deep-Sea Divers to Repair a New York Water Tunnel -
"The city has enlisted six deep-sea divers who are living for more than a month in a sealed 24-foot tubular pressurized tank complete with showers, a television and a Nerf basketball hoop, breathing air that is 97.5 percent helium and 2.5 percent oxygen."
underground  water  air 
december 2008 by kevan
Thames Maunsell Forts::The Journey Out
"If you look out northwards out into the Thames estuary from the north Kent coast, on a clear day, two clumps of rectangular blocks can be observed. These are the Shivering Sands and Red Sands offshore forts that were built during the Second World War to counter attack enemy planes that were relying on the safety of the Thames estuary to come in to bomb London."
architecture  water  war  dereliction  via:diamond 
september 2008 by kevan
Groundbreaking system to prevent collisions between whales and sea-craft
"In attempting to unravel the chaotic rhythms of the sperm whale clicks, he was struck by the similarity between his underwater recordings and African tribal music. A Senegalese griot (drummer) confirmed the likeness and – amazingly – was able to pick individual whales from André’s recordings through their distinctive rhythmic structures."
mammals  water  sound  music  via:collision 
september 2008 by kevan
Bioshock (Xbox 360)
Disappointing that turning-enemies-against-each-other is so minor, and that the ethical dilemmas are so narrow, but if I'm going to be playing the mighty System Shock 2 again, a beautifully derelict 1950s underwater dystopia is a great place to play it.
gamelog  4stars  apocalypse  cities  society  water  mutation  dereliction 
september 2007 by kevan
The Island and Lake Combination
"Largest island in a lake on an island in a lake on an island: Vulcan point in Crater Lake on Vulcano Island in Lake Taal on Luzon (PHI)."
maps  water  via:qwghlm 
june 2007 by kevan
At the Water's Edge - Carl Zimmer
How life made it from the water onto land, and how a few species decided to go back; great evolutionary weirdness. A history of both the creatures and the people who've studied them in the past 150 years.
booklog  evolution  water  fish  mammals  history  bones  air 
november 2006 by kevan - Creation: The Time Fountain
Video clips and construction details for an amazing strobe-lit water fountain, with the frozen droplets being surprisingly coherent when poked with a stick.
design  light  water  technology  illusions 
september 2006 by kevan
Design-engine : The Human-Powered Submarine
An underwater rowing boat. "Furthermore, all glass areas can be replaced with translucent sharkskin panels for increased performance during Olympic competition races, for example."
design  water  transport  via:collision 
august 2006 by kevan
Participants in London watergun 'assassination' game could face arrest
"Participants in a citywide watergun game could face criminal charges from law enforcement patrolling London's subway stations, police said Monday."
police  weapons  games  terrorism  water  illusions 
august 2006 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Weekend | Call that risky?
"Hitting a rather macabre note, [energy production] risk is measured in deaths per terawatt year. 'By far the most dangerous is hydro. When a hydro dam goes in a populated area, it can kill 35,000 people in 40 minutes.'"
terrorism  electricity  death  water  maths  future  pestilence  apocalypse 
april 2006 by kevan
Donald Crowhurst - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"He encountered difficulty [and] secretly abandoned the race while reporting false positions, in an attempt to win without actually circling the world. Evidence found after his disappearance indicates that this attempt ended in insanity and suicide."
cheating  lies  sport  death  delusions  water 
march 2006 by kevan
Owen Piette's wxSand
Desktop version of the Falling Sand toy, with a few extra components to make it possible to build interesting machines - I've finally been able to build a cyclic and stable plant-burner.
games  emergence  water  fire  plants  download  via:zarba 
march 2006 by kevan
TechEBlog » ACM-R5 Amphibious Snake-Like Robot
"Powered by a lithium-ion battery, the ACM-R5 is a radio-controlled amphibious robot designed to move like its real world counterpart. It can slither or swim underwater for 30 minutes on a full charge."
robots  reptiles  water  japan 
march 2006 by kevan
BBC NEWS | UK | Scotland | Elephant theory in Nessie search
"When their elephants were allowed to swim in the loch, only the trunk and two humps could be seen - the first hump being the top of the head and the second being the back of the animal."
elephants  monsters  illusions  water 
march 2006 by kevan
Modern Mechanix » OCTOPUS! Terror of the Deep
Another octopus observation-sub attack, from 1939. "Slowly dying after two tentacles had been severed by steel claws of the robot the octopus writhed and spewed its defense fluid to make the water inky black."
octopuses  photos  water  history  robots 
january 2006 by kevan
Northfork (2003)
Evacuating a derelict 50s American town to make way for a reservoir. Fun, hazy Biblical metaphors; angels as black-hatted municipal workers, clearing out Sodom or preparing for the apocalypse. Beautiful washed-out dustiness, un-self-indulgently dreamlike.
filmlog  4stars  apocalypse  religion  death  water 
january 2006 by kevan
This Whale's (After) Life
"For more than a decade, Smith has been pursuing the idea that whale corpses (called whale falls when they fall to the bottom of the ocean) serve as biological stepping stones for a host of exotic deep-sea animals."
water  death  fish  mammals  bones  evolution  via:erik 
january 2006 by kevan
Carnival Of Souls (1962)
A woman escapes from drowning into a patchy dream world, pursued by fairly benign and cheerful zombies, and a far more unsettling lecherous neighbour.
filmlog  2stars  zombies  death  water 
january 2006 by kevan
Hell of Sand
Magnificent cellular-automatic sand/water/oil/fire/other simulation, now with zombies.
simulation  emergence  water  fire  zombies 
december 2005 by kevan
The Times: Invasion of Six-Foot Jellyfish
"The problem first became obvious in the late summer when fishermen chasing anchovies, salmon and yellowtail began finding huge numbers of the jellyfish in their nets."
fish  monsters  apocalypse  food  water  via:collision 
december 2005 by kevan
Plokta Issue 23 - An Appraisal of the Utility of a Chocolate Teapot
"Events started to diverge from the course expected of a standard teapot in a very short timescale. The first evidence of loss of containment was observed at approximately T+5s, in the form of a major leak in the vicinity of the handle (Fig 5)."
food  drinks  science  water  pointless  via:lmg 
november 2005 by kevan
Popular Science: The 11-Year Quest to Create Disappearing Colored Bubbles
On the market next year. "Once he tried nitric acid, a toxic chemical that gives off red fumes at room temperature. 'I got it making a really cool bubble, but it could've killed somebody,' he recalls. 'It ate through clothes.'"
air  water  science  pollution 
november 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Lurking in the canal: crocodiles, terrapins and Chinese crabs
"The crocodile has already caused a brief rush of sightseers to Stonehouse on the Stroudwater canal [...] where a dramatic description of a "fully airborne, caiman-like animal" lunging from the water at a mallard was given by a local bridgekeeper."
water  reptiles  crustaceans 
november 2005 by kevan
International Urban Glow - Europe Underground
Wonderful, strangely-lit photos from drains and sewers and tunnels across Europe.
photos  underground  water  secrets 
november 2005 by kevan
Diller + Scofidio - The Blur Building
"An inhabitable cloud whirling above a lake." [...] "The pavilion is made of filtered lake water shot as a fine mist through 13,000 fog nozzles creating an artificial cloud that measures 300 feet wide by 200 feet deep by 65 feet high."
architecture  weather  water  via:wmmna 
october 2005 by kevan
New Scientist - Storm experts make cloud vanish
Dumping 400kg of water-absorbing powder into a cloud. "Once the polymer turns into a gel, it becomes heavier and falls to earth. The gel dissolves when it hits salt water, so if possible, storm clouds will be tackled over the ocean."
weather  water  science  technology 
october 2005 by kevan
Information Design Lab - Growable Media Design
Plants as ambient information. "If users have a friend whom they often meet, corresponding plants will grow up well. In this case, they will feel happy. If users have a friend whom they have not met for months, corresponding plants will wither."
plants  computers  technology  water  via:wmmna 
october 2005 by kevan
we make money not art: Amphibious houses
"A foam core is encased in concrete, with steel cables securing it against the currents. Individual pontoons can be joined to one another like Lego blocks. [...] If anything should happen to the foundation, the whole thing can be taken to the dockyard."
architecture  water  construction  lego  via:jones 
october 2005 by kevan
RPS - 15
Roshambo with fifteen elements, and a nice diagram. "Rock pounds out fire, crushes scissors, snake, human, wolf, sponge, blocks (growth of) tree."
games  paper  stone  fire  air  water  electricity 
september 2005 by kevan
Telegraph | News | Trawler steamed into germ warfare site and no one said a word
In 1952. "A destroyer and a fisheries vessel shadowed her from over the horizon, listening to her radio broadcasts, waiting to see if she called for medical assistance."
war  water  pestilence  secrets  science 
september 2005 by kevan
New Scientist - Parasites brainwash grasshoppers into death dive
A newly-studied behaviour-altering parasite. "Somehow mature hairworms brainwash their hosts into behaving in way they never usually would - causing them to seek out and plunge into water."
death  evolution  water  brains 
august 2005 by kevan
Wikipedia: Soap bubble
Didn't realise they did this, until last night: "Finally, when the bubble's wall becomes much thinner than the wavelength of visible light, all the waves in the visible region cancel each other out and no reflection is visible at all."
light  water  air  science 
august 2005 by kevan
Anemone armies battle to a standoff
Self-made things, emergent battle plans. "Differentiation into warriors seems to depend on a combination of signals from enemy stings and the genetics of the colony."
emergence  war  water  via:jones 
august 2005 by kevan
In Search of the Red Demon
"As I floated there transfixed, a large squid moved to within two feet and flashed again. Mesmerized by the strobe effect, I didn't see that another squid was rushing in from my left." Filming Humboldt squid - the importance of being prepared.
squid  films  water 
august 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Italian river 'full of cocaine'
"The chemical tested - benzoylecgonine (BE) - had arrived via the sewage system from the urine of drug users. A by-product of cocaine metabolism, it cannot be produced by other means."
water  drugs  italy  science 
august 2005 by kevan
Unidentified Sea Creature Found After Typhoon
"Partly rotten, with its spine exposed, it has been impossible to identify, but has been described as having some hair, and orange stripes across a three to four-meter wide belly."
water  monsters  mysteries 
august 2005 by kevan
Yahoo! News: Canadian divers search for missing cheese
"The dairy, established four generations ago, discovered that deep depths are good for cold storage and water pressure accelerates the cheese aging process." Their divers can't find it again, though.
food  water  mysteries  via:yoz 
july 2005 by kevan
Yahoo! News: Giant Popsicle Melts, Floods NYC Park
"The 25-foot-tall, 17 1/2-ton treat of frozen Snapple juice melted faster than expected Tuesday, flooding Union Square in downtown Manhattan with kiwi-strawberry-flavored fluid that sent pedestrians scurrying for higher ground."
food  ice  water  advertising 
june 2005 by kevan
Cast Away (2001)
Opening half has some good bits, the washed-up parcels and first-principles rebuilding of the highlights of human culture are fun, but it's blandly pulped and unsubtle beyond that.
filmlog  1star  transport  famine  water  delusions 
june 2005 by kevan
Ananova - Photographer criticised for pictures of man falling off bicycle
"Photographer Liu Tao was accused of lying in wait to take his pictures instead of warning people of the danger."
photos  transport  cheating  water  china  weather  via:arbroath 
may 2005 by kevan
UncommonGoods: Global Warming Mug
"Just pour in a hot cup of coffee, and the ocean starts to spread across the continent as ice caps melt and water levels rise."
drinks  ice  world  water  pollution 
may 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited Books | The Spectacle of Flight, reviewed by J G Ballard
"Cabin crew perform a strange folkloric rite that involves synchronised arm movements and warnings of fire and our possible immersion in water, all presumably part of an appeasement ritual whose origins lie back in the pre-history of the propeller age."
ballard  books  transport  fire  water  air  history 
may 2005 by kevan
Hospitality Net - The World’s First All-glass Undersea Restaurant Opens
"Ithaa will sit five meters below the waves of the Indian Ocean, surrounded by a vibrant coral reef and encased in clear acrylic offering diners 270-degrees of panoramic underwater views." Passing sharks choosing the diners that they wish to eat.
fish  food  water  via:jones 
may 2005 by kevan
Brighton's Magnificent Sewers
"Our sewerage system in Brighton deals with the town's wastewater very effectively, yet it still uses many of the original sewers which the pioneering Victorian engineers built when town drainage was first developed." Tours available during the summer.
brighton  architecture  water  todo 
april 2005 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Tales of the underworld
Blake Morrison exploring the sewers of London. "But the real enemies are the fast-food outlets. [...] Where a slug of fat is several cubic metres in volume, pressure-jetting isn't enough to clear it - they have to use pick-axes instead."
london  society  litter  pollution  secrets  architecture  food  water 
march 2005 by kevan
Cuttlefish Husbandry; What is a Cuttlefish?
Tips on buying and keeping. "New cuttlefish are especially prone to inking if their environment rapidly changes. For example, if someone bumps the tank or the lights come on suddenly they may ink."
squid  water  prison 
march 2005 by kevan
ABC News Online: Divers Scrabble for a Guinness Record
Deep-sea Scrabble. "We had to make sure the board wasn't going to get washed away or dissolve under water, so I had to get a metal board made up." Remember the gnomes.
scrabble  board  games  water  lunacy 
february 2005 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Underwater gnome threat 'returns'
Lake-bottom garden gnomes lure curious divers to their death. "Now police divers say there is a rumour that the garden has returned at a depth beyond which they are allowed."
death  water  mysteries  secrets 
february 2005 by kevan
Yahoo! News - Beavers Make Dam Out of Stolen Money
"A bag of bills stolen from a casino was snapped up by beavers who wove thousands of dollars in soggy currency into the sticks and brush of their dam on a creek in eastern Louisiana."
construction  mammals  money  police  water 
november 2004 by kevan
Ananova - Swearing can make men impotent
Appalling and incoherent mediaeval pseudoscience. "Research was based on the popular belief that water has a type of "memory" that can be influenced by positive and negative forces."
lies  lunacy  science  sex  water 
october 2004 by kevan Swimming in syrup is as easy as water
Viscous drag gets cancelled out by increased pushing force. "The best swimmer should have the body of a snake and the arms of a gorilla." Olympic event, please.
science  sport  water 
september 2004 by kevan
New Scientist | Doomsday wreck in Thames could blow
"If the wreck explodes it will be one of the biggest non-nuclear explosions ever. The cargo contains a mixture of fused and unfused bombs that were destined to support the Allied push in France following the D-Day landings."
apocalypse  war  water  weapons 
august 2004 by kevan : Ocean Robots Would 'Feed' on Whale Food
Krill-killer robots: "If you have a cup full of concentrated plankton, and you let it degrade, that would be equal to about a c-cell battery."
electricity  fish  robots  water 
august 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | In two hours, a seaside village was reduced to ruins
"By the harbour, the witchcraft museum stood firm while a Christian gift shop lay in ruins."
apocalypse  religion  water  weather 
august 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | Hungry world 'must eat less meat'
Too much water's being used up in food production. "Australians were astonished to find that although their country is short of water, they're net exporters of water in the form of meat."
apocalypse  australia  famine  food  future  water 
august 2004 by kevan
Guardian Unlimited | Ninja turtles bring terror to a pond
Discarded pet terrapins slaughter indigenous pond wildlife. "According to Barnet council, the terrapins [...] are best controlled by licensed shooting with a high powered air rifle."
birds  chelonians  ninja  war  water 
august 2004 by kevan - Shhh... Sounds in Spaces
Streaming audio of David Byrne's contributions. Ringtones and whispering from unexpected corners, and making music with the taps in the toilets.
art  illusions  music  phones  sound  water 
august 2004 by kevan
Brighton Electric Railway - The "Daddy-Long-Legs"
Nice photos of Brighton's 19th-century captured-martian-technology sea-walking mobile pier. "It weighed 40 tons, and consisted of an elliptical platform or deck 50 ft. by 33 ft., supported by four braced legs 23 ft. long."
brighton  history  photos  transport  water 
august 2004 by kevan
Yahoo! News - Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Cloud theft. "Meteorological officials in Zhoukou were soon accusing their counterparts in Pingdingshan of overusing available natural resources by intercepting clouds that would have likely drifted to other places, say, like Zhoukou."
china  war  water  weather 
july 2004 by kevan
BBC NEWS | World | US army food... just add urine
Dehydrated rations that don't require water to be clean. "The pouch - containing chicken and rice - relies on osmosis to filter the water or urine."
food  war  water 
july 2004 by kevan
Damp Assassins
Water-pistol Killer game, with targets assigned and kills recorded by MMS. This Saturday, in London.
events  games  london  phones  photos  war  water 
july 2004 by kevan
If London Were Like Venice
"Let me see, it must have been in 1910 - the year of the floods - that the last subsidence occurred." - brief 19th-century speculative fiction, with protophotoshopped illustrations.
apocalypse  books  london  photos  water 
july 2004 by kevan
HFML, Levitation
"A little frog (alive !) and a water ball levitate inside a Ø32mm vertical bore of a Bitter solenoid in a magnetic field of about 16 Tesla at the Nijmegen High Field Magnet Laboratory."
science  technology  frogs  water 
june 2004 by kevan
LEGO Shop: Exclusives & Treasures: Maersk Sealand (10152)
Lego boat with shipping containers (the real ones being, of course, merely big Lego blocks).
lego  transport  water 
june 2004 by kevan
WorldChanging: Another World Is Here: Kid Energy
"With every rotation of the merry-go-round, water is pumped out of a well, up through a pipe, and into a tank high above the playground."
children  technology  water 
may 2004 by kevan - Robots may protect drinking water from terror attacks - May 14, 2004
Autonomous underwater robots to perform constant water analysis.
robots  terrorism  water 
may 2004 by kevan

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