The Secret to Smooth Doughs and Fluffy Bread Is Already at Hand

Just-boiled water has long played a role in making pie crusts, milk breads and more shine, across cultures and cuisines. But how does it work?

#bread, #chinese-food-cuisine, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #hussain-nadiya-jamir, #indian-food-cuisine, #water

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I’m Paralyzed, but I Can Finally Feel the Joy of Swimming

At first, being in water made me feel defeated. Now it’s transformed me.

#disabilities, #paralysis, #swimming, #water

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Florida Plans to Close Wastewater Reservoir Where Leak Forced Evacuations

A potential deluge of millions of gallons of water from a former phosphate mine had threatened homes south of Tampa.

#department-of-environmental-protection-fla, #desantis-ron, #environment, #florida, #manatee-county-fla, #piney-point-plant-manatee-county-fla, #reservoirs, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water

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Japan’s Plan for Fukushima Wastewater Meets a Wall of Mistrust in Asia

The government in Tokyo says criticism of its intention to release treated water into the ocean is unscientific. South Korea has called the proposal “utterly intolerable.”

#fukushima-japan, #international-relations, #japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-2011, #nuclear-energy, #radiation, #water

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In Iraq, Drought and Abundance in the Mesopotamian Marshes

Once vengefully drained by Saddam Hussein, the wetlands in southeastern Iraq have since been partially restored. Now the region and its isolated settlements face a new set of challenges.

#deserts, #drought, #euphrates-river, #iraq, #iraq-war-2003-11, #photography, #tigris-river, #water, #wetlands

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Taiwan’s Drought Pits Chip Makers Against Farmers

The island is going to great lengths to keep water flowing to its all-important semiconductor industry, including shutting off irrigation to legions of rice growers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #computer-chips, #factories-and-manufacturing, #international-trade-and-world-market, #irrigation, #reservoirs, #rice, #shortages, #taiwan, #taiwan-semiconductor-manufacturing-company-ltd, #water, #weather

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Florida Residents Threatened by Reservoir Leak Are Allowed to Return Home

A Manatee County official said that additional pumps and the rerouting of water from an uncontrolled breach had “successfully mitigated” the risk of collapse.

#department-of-environmental-protection-fla, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #florida, #manatee-county-fla, #reservoirs, #water

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Second Breach Possible in Leaking Florida Reservoir, Officials Say

The authorities said more pumps were expected to be used to try to double the volume of water being removed, to up to 100 million gallons a day.

#environment, #manatee-county-fla, #mines-and-mining, #piney-point-plant-manatee-county-fla, #tampa-fla, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water

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‘Wall of Water’ if Piney Point Reservoir in Florida Breaches, Officials Warn

The authorities on Sunday said they were making progress in draining a leaking wastewater pond south of Tampa but urged residents to heed evacuation warnings.

#evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #manatee-county-fla, #mines-and-mining, #phosphate, #phosphogypsum, #piney-point-fla, #reservoirs, #tampa-fla, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water

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Old Tunnels and Rusting Bridges: America’s Creaking Infrastructure

The Biden administration has pledged a $2 trillion investment in the nation’s infrastructure. With century-old water systems and schools vulnerable to earthquakes, there is no shortage of need.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #bridges-and-tunnels, #earthquakes, #floods, #global-warming, #infrastructure-public-works, #levees-and-dams, #roads-and-traffic, #transit-systems, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

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Biden’s Chance to Save the Everglades

Reviving the South Florida ecosystem enjoys bipartisan support and deserves federal funding.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #army-corps-of-engineers, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #everglades-fla, #lakes, #united-states-politics-and-government, #water

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The Water on Mars Vanished. This Might Be Where It Went.

Mars once had rivers, lakes and seas. Although the planet is now desert dry, scientists say most of the water is still there, just locked up in rocks.

#geology, #mars-planet, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #science-journal, #space-and-astronomy, #water

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Alkaline “Real Water” linked to liver failure in kids—and reports are rising

Images of Real Water's "alkalized" products, which the FDA now says you should not drink or use.

Enlarge / Images of Real Water’s “alkalized” products, which the FDA now says you should not drink or use. (credit: FDA)

At least five infants and children in Nevada have suffered acute non-viral hepatitis, resulting in liver failure, after drinking “alkalized” water by the brand “Real Water,” local and federal regulators reported this week. At least six others fell ill with less severe conditions after drinking the water—and additional reports continue to surface.

The initial five infants and children with liver failure fell ill in November 2020 and required hospitalization, but they have since recovered. They lived in four different households in southern Nevada. The other six ill people—three adults and three children—came from at least two of those same households and reported vomiting, nausea, loss of appetite, and fatigue, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

The health district is working to investigate the cases with the Food and Drug Administration. It’s not yet clear what caused the illnesses but “to date, the consumption of ‘Real Water’ brand alkaline water was found to be the only common link identified between all the cases,” the health district said.

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#alkaline, #liver, #ph, #poisoning, #real-water, #science, #water

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Jackson Water Crisis: ‘You Can’t Bathe. You Can’t Wash.’

Nearly one month after a winter storm froze pipes and water mains, more than 70 percent of the city’s water customers remained under a notice to boil water.

#black-people, #infrastructure-public-works, #jackson-miss, #lumumba-chokwe-1947-2014, #mississippi, #reeves-tate-1974, #water

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Snapshots From a Swimming Friendship

In this year of sorrow, plunging into the water has been essential for me and for my friend with cancer.

#breast-cancer, #friendship, #mastectomy, #swimming, #water

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Covid-Battered Texas Faces Costly Recovery After Winter Storm

Basics remain scarce in some parts of Texas, and many already battered by a year of the coronavirus now face a costly recovery.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #floods, #killeen-tex, #plumbing, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas, #water

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What a Texas Plumber Faces Now: A State Full of Burst Pipes

Since a winter storm and hard freeze swept through the state last week, knocking out power and heat, homeowners have swamped plumbers with urgent repair calls.

#bellaire-tex, #calazans-randy, #cinco-ranch-houston-tex, #houston-tex, #ice, #plumbing, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas, #water

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Texas Winter Storm: What to Know

Power outages and no running water have left Texas and other parts of the South still feeling the effects of a deep freeze that swept the region earlier this week.

#electric-light-and-power, #food-banks-and-pantries, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #shortages, #texas, #water

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Texas Hospitals Hard Hit by Covid Struggle Without Power and Water

The state’s power failure has plunged some hospitals into crisis, even as they are still reeling from the coronavirus pandemic.

#austin-tex, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dialysis, #hospitals, #houston-tex, #houston-methodist-hospital, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #shortages, #texas, #water

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Texas Water Crisis: Frozen Pipes, Cracked Wells and Offline Treatment Plants

Electricity was restored to most Texans who had lost power after a winter storm, but water systems for nearly two-thirds of residents were disrupted, leaving millions without drinkable water.

#power-failures-and-blackouts, #shortages, #texas, #water

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Desperate for Light and Warmth, Texans See No End for Winter Storm

In central Texas, where many roads have already been impassible for days, another barrage of sleet and snow was expected late into Wednesday evening.

#electric-light-and-power, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #texas, #water, #weather

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The Motivational Water Bottle That Stalks Your Intake

Evian and Hydro Flask have a new, rather chiding rival.

#plastic-bottles, #social-media, #water

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The Motivational Water Bottle

Evian and Hydro Flask have a new, rather chiding rival.

#plastic-bottles, #social-media, #water

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An Inside Look at Cuba’s Constant Struggle for Clean Water

Across the country, battling water scarcity requires a vast array of workers, from inspectors and fumigators to truck drivers and pipe layers.

#cuba, #mosquitoes, #water

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Along the Southwest Border, Trump’s Wall Is Only One of the Insults He Left Behind

Here’s what Biden should do about the poverty, discrimination and environmental destruction.

#agriculture-and-farming, #border-barriers, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deserts, #global-warming, #hispanic-americans, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-trade-and-world-market, #land-use-policies, #migrants-environmental, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #stimulus-economic, #water

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Mapping the ice on Mars that could support future missions

Image of two slopes with steep faces.

Enlarge / While we know of locations with ice on Mars, not all of them are in places we’d want to land. (credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona)

Over the past couple decades, plans to go to Mars or return to the Moon for longer stays have gradually moved away from sci-fi tinged “what if” scenarios and shifted to something that resembles actual planning. And those plans invariably include extracting water from local ice deposits. This water would help support any astronauts during their stay, cutting down on the weight we’d have to shift out of Earth orbit. But it could also be a source of hydrogen that helps power the astronaut’s return trip to Earth.

That obviously means we want to land where the water is. On the Moon, this has meant focusing on the lunar poles, where deep craters create permanent shadows that can hold ice at temperatures where it’s stable. On Mars, the situation is considerably more complicated. In response to some NASA pilot funding, a team of scientists set up the SWIM projectM, for Subsurface Water Ice Mapping on Mars, to analyze the data. The project has now published a progress report showing a lot of ice deposits in areas we might want to land.

No poles, please

Whether or not water ice is stable on the Moon is determined entirely by sunlight exposure. As long as the Sun is never visible in a location, ice can survive. Mars is substantially more complicated, with an atmosphere that distributes heat and makes the temperature extremes far more moderate, plus orbital wobbles that ensure seasonal changes in temperature.

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#astronomy, #mars, #planetary-science, #science, #space-exploration, #water

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‘Dangerous Stuff’: Hackers Tried to Poison Water Supply of Florida Town

For years, cybersecurity experts have warned of attacks on small municipal systems. In Oldsmar, Fla., the levels of lye were changed and could have sickened residents.

#cyberwarfare-and-defense, #florida, #gualtieri-bob, #tampa-fla, #water

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Northwest’s Salmon Population May Be Running Out of Time

The Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office found that some salmon species are “on the brink of extinction.” Habitat loss, climate change and other factors are to blame, it said.

#beaches, #columbia-river-pacific-northwest, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #federal-state-relations-us, #global-warming, #levees-and-dams, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #population, #puget-sound, #salmon, #united-states, #washington-state, #water

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Ex-Governor of Michigan Charged with Neglect in Flint Water Crisis

Rick Snyder, the former governor, faces two misdemeanor counts in the crisis, which left thousands of Flint residents drinking tainted water.

#flint-mich, #politics-and-government, #snyder-richard-dale, #water

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Ex-Governor’s Lawyer Says Charges in Flint Crisis Would Be ‘Meritless’

Rick Snyder, a Republican, was Michigan’s governor during the city’s water crisis, which left residents sickened.

#flint-mich, #nessel-dana, #snyder-richard-dale, #water, #water-pollution

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Jellyfish Build Walls of Water to Swim Around the Ocean

One of nature’s most simple creatures has an elegant approach to propulsion.

#jellyfish, #oceans-and-seas, #physics, #proceedings-of-the-royal-society-b-journal, #research, #water

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The Cold Case of What’s Heating Up Yellowstone’s Steamboat Geyser

Scientists ruled out earthquakes and excessive snowfall as culprits in the series of outbursts from the world’s tallest active geyser.

#earthquakes, #geology, #geysers, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #rain, #research, #volcanoes, #water, #yellowstone-national-park, #your-feed-science

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Paring Back Your Beauty Routine? Try Water, With a Boost

Hydration is trending. It’s the latest lucrative frontier of the wellness boom.

#content-type-service, #lemons, #skin, #water

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Wall Street Eyes Billions in the Colorado’s Water

Investor interest in the river could redefine century-old rules for who controls one of the most valuable economic resources in the United States.

#banking-and-financial-institutions, #cme-group-inc, #colorado-river, #politics-and-government, #water

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Hawaii’s Fresh Water Leaks to the Ocean Through Underground Rivers

If the water could be pumped to the surface, it could help alleviate shortages on the island.

#aquifers, #geology, #hawaii-the-big-island, #islands, #oceans-and-seas, #research, #rivers, #science-advances-journal, #water, #your-feed-science

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Water found in new locations on the Moon, may be trapped in glass

Image of an airplane with a dark patch near its tail.

Enlarge / The instrument used to detect the water flies on a 747. (credit: NASA/Jim Ross)

Despite its proximity to a very blue planet, the Earth’s Moon appeared to be completely dry, with samples returned by the Apollo missions being nearly devoid of water. But in recent years, a number of studies have turned up what appears to be water in some locations on the Moon, although the evidence wasn’t always decisive.

Today, NASA is announcing that it has used an airborne observatory to spot clear indications of water in unexpected places. But the water may be in a form that makes accessing it much harder. Separately, an analysis of spots where water could be easier to reach indicates that there’s more potential reservoirs than we’d previously suspected.

Up in the air

With no atmosphere and low gravity, the Moon can’t hang on to water on its surface. The first time that sunlight heats lunar water up, it will form a vapor and eventually escape into space. But there are regions on the Moon, primarily near the poles, that are permanently shadowed. There, temperatures remain perpetually low, and ice can survive indefinitely. And, to test this possibility, NASA crashed some hardware into a shady area near the Moon’s south pole and found water vapor amidst the debris.

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#astronomy, #moon, #planetary-science, #science, #water

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There’s Water and Ice on the Moon, and in More Places Than NASA Once Thought

Future astronauts seeking water on the moon may not need to go into the most treacherous craters in its polar regions to find it.

#ice, #moon, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #nature-astronomy-journal, #research, #space-and-astronomy, #telescopes-and-observatories, #water

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Water quality and distribution monitoring software Ketos raises $18 million

Water quality and logistics monitoring software Ketos has raised $15 million from a group of investors to take advantage of the growing demand for better water management tools and technologies.

The potential for more stringent regulatory oversight of industrial water use and wastewater management from local, state and federal government coupled with increasing consumer and investor demands for better corporate environmental stewardship is driving an unprecedented adoption of technology and services aimed at increasing conservation and reducing waste across industries.

Water monitoring can also provide relevant information to public officials about the potential for disease outbreaks and other health related issues in a population.

Recently, monitoring wastewater streams have been used to detect outbreaks of the virus that causes COVID-19.

The renewed attention on water is one reason why an investment arm of the banking giant Citi joined lead investor Motley Fool Ventures and Illuminated Funds Group to come as new investors into Ketos. They joined existing backers like Ajax Strategies, Better Ventures, Broadway Angels, Plum Valley Ventures, and Rethink Impact.

Silicon Valley Bank provided the company with $3 million in debt financing.

The company said it would use the funding to develop new capabilities for its combined hardware and software service that provides information into water quality and the existence of potential damage to water pipes for distribution and disposal of water.

“Creating one of the largest centralized data lakes of water quality insights — with information on heavy-metal toxins, coupled with location-based mapping and potential contamination sources — the potential for what machine learning and artificial intelligence can achieve is limitless,” said Meena Sankaran, the company’s founder and chief executive.

One other selling point is the company’s use of machine learning to predict where problems with water systems might arise — avoiding the need for more costly investments into infrastructure.

“KETOS is truly disrupting the water intelligence industry with the data it captures autonomously (remotely controlled) and makes available to its customers for forecasting water management issues, which is even more top of mind as the world battles COVID,” said Ollen Douglass, Managing Director of Motley Fool Ventures, in a statement. “For the first time, it is possible to use predictive modeling and much needed mission-critical insights with $0 capital infrastructure investments, to build, take action and make informed decisions about a water network.”

#articles, #artificial-intelligence, #banking, #better-ventures, #citi, #environmental-science, #impact, #infrastructure, #machine-learning, #silicon-valley-bank, #tc, #water

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‘This Is a War’: Cross-Border Fight Over Water Erupts in Mexico

Farmers in Mexico ambushed soldiers and seized a dam to stop water payments to the United States, in a sign of growing conflict over increasingly scarce resources.

#agriculture-and-farming, #chihuahua-mexico, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #levees-and-dams, #lopez-obrador-andres-manuel, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #water

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After Wildfires Stop Burning, a Danger in the Drinking Water

Experts are warning that existing water safety rules are not suitable to a world where wildfires destroy more residential areas than in the past.

#awwa-water-science, #california, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #plumbing, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #santa-cruz-calif, #water, #water-pollution, #wildfires, #your-feed-science

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Another look at possible under-ice lakes on Mars: They’re still there

Red and blue color-coded contour lines depict under-ice lakes.

Enlarge (credit: ESA)

In recent decades, we’ve become aware of lots of water on Earth that’s deep under ice. In some cases, we’ve watched this nervously, as it’s deep underneath ice sheets, where it could lubricate the sheets’ slide into the sea. But we’ve also discovered lakes that have been trapped under ice near the poles, possibly for millions of years, raising the prospect that they could harbor ancient ecosystems.

Now, researchers are applying some of the same techniques that we’ve used to find those under-ice lakes to data from Mars. And the results support an earlier claim that there are bodies of water trapped under the polar ice of the red planet.

Spotting liquids from orbit

Mars clearly has extensive water locked away in the forum of ice, and some of it cycles through the atmosphere as orbital cycles make one pole or the other a bit warmer. But there’s not going to be pure liquid water on Mars—the temperatures just aren’t high enough for very long, and the atmospheric pressures are far too low to keep any liquid water from boiling off into the atmosphere.

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#mars, #mars-express, #planetary-science, #science, #water

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Brain-Eating Amoeba Found in a Texas City’s Water Supply

A 6-year-old boy died in Lake Jackson, Texas, after being infected by an organism that enters the nose and travels to the brain.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #lake-jackson-texas, #naegleria-fowleri, #texas, #texas-commission-on-environmental-quality, #water

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Microsoft commits to putting more water than it consumes back into the ecosystems where it operates by 2030

One good trend in 2020 has been large technology companies almost falling over one another to make ever-bolder commitments regarding their ecological impact. A cynic might argue that just doing without most of the things they make could have a much greater impact, but Microsoft is the latest to make a commitment that not only focuses on minimizing its impact, but actually on reversing it. The Windows-maker has committed to achieving a net positive water footprint by 2030, by which it means it wants to be contributing more energy back into environment in the places it operates than it is drawing out, as measured across all “basins” that span its footprint.

Microsoft hopes to achieve this goal through two main types of initiatives: First, it’ll be reducing the “intensity” of its water use across its operations, as measured by the amount of water used per megawatt of energy consumed by the company. Second, it will also be looking to actually replenish water in the areas of the world where Microsoft operations are located in “water-stressed” regions, through efforts like investment in area wetland restoration, or the removal and replacement of certain surfaces, including asphalt, which are not water-permeable and therefore prevent water from natural sources like rainfall from being absorbed back into a region’s overall available basin.

The company says that how much water it will return will vary, and depend on how much Microsoft consumes in each region, as well as how much the local basin is under duress in terms of overall consumption. Microsoft isn’t going to rely solely on external sources for this info, however: It plans to put its artificial intelligence technology to work to provide better information around what areas are under stress in terms of water usage, and where optimization projects would have the greatest impact. It’s already working towards these goals with a number of industry groups, including The Freshwater Trust.

Microsoft has made a number of commitments towards improving its global ecological impact, including a commitment from earlier this year to become ‘carbon negative’ by 2030. Meanwhile, Apple said in July that its products, including the supply chains that produce them, will be net carbon neutral by 2030, while Google made a commitment just last week to use only energy from carbon-free sources by that same year.

#apple, #carbon-dioxide, #chemistry, #energy, #google, #greentech, #microsoft, #microsoft-windows, #renewable-energy, #tc, #water

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How Three Artists Are Exploring Mythology and Race

In re-examining historical narratives and classical stories, these artists are creating images that speak on multiple levels to the experiences of being Black and female.

#art, #black-people, #greek-civilization, #myths-and-mythical-creatures, #rawles-calida-garcia, #religion-and-belief, #rosales-harmonia, #sunstrum-pamela-phatsimo, #water, #women-and-girls

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Up Is Down in This Fun Physics Experiment

The liquid levitates, and a boat floats along its bottom side.

#chemistry, #nature-journal, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #physics, #research, #water

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Schools Find Health Risks in Water After Covid-19 Lockdowns

A number of schools found the bacteria that causes Legionnaire’s disease in their water, and experts say more should expect to see it.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #dayton-ohio, #education-k-12, #interscholastic-athletics, #legionnairesdisease, #ohio, #pennsylvania, #pittsburgh-pa, #plumbing, #quarantines, #shutdowns-institutional, #water, #water-pollution, #your-feed-education, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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Most of $600 Million Settlement in Flint Water Crisis Will Go to Children

The settlement still needs federal court approval, but Flint residents were being cautiously optimistic after the drawn-out crisis: “I just want it to be over.”

#flint-mich, #lead, #water, #water-pollution, #whitmer-gretchen

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How 14 Elephant Seals Assisted an Antarctic Ice Study

Mapping currents in the Southern Ocean is vital to monitoring climate change, but hard to conduct. So scientists turned to seals for help.

#global-warming, #oceans-and-seas, #seals-animals-and-sealing, #southern-ocean, #water, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Anatomy of a Public Pool in a Pandemic

Reopenings around the country have varied, but one thing is consistent: Summer crowds are not allowed.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #summer-season, #swimming, #swimming-pools, #water

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How Hot is Too Hot?

The human body can survive at surprisingly high temperatures, so long as you’re prepared to sweat.

#skin, #sweating, #temperature, #water, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-science

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