Despite being one of the most common (and lifegiving) chemicals on Earth, water behaves in ways that it probably shouldn’t. This clip from Seeker dives into the deep end of the ocean as it explains some of the strange properties of H2O, and why scientists are still learning things about this theoretically simple compound.
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In this scene from the Discovery UK show Richard Hammond’s Big, the Hamster visits the Verbund Hydro Power plant in Austria. Watch as he gets up close and personal with the massive stream of water coursing out of the bottom of a hydroelectric dam, where more than 5000 gallons of water gush out per second.
Do you have a dirty sidewalk or driveway at your house? Pressure washing is a great way to get the grime off. Craig “Turnah81” Turner shows us how to use brick stencils to make a little bit of temporary art while hosing off his parking pad. Also, we love the Aussie pronunciation of “algae.”
Stay hydrated even when you’re out in remote locations with Hydrapak’s oversize water pack. It has an 8-liter capacity, yet flattens and rolls to a small size for storage. It has a waterproof TPU body, a removable tap, a flexible webbing handle, and has marks for measuring its contents.
It’s been drilled into our heads that the majority of Earth is covered in water, but just how much is there? Wren of Corridor Crew provides some great visualizations to give us a better idea of the volume of H2O, and when packed into a sphere, its size is surprising.
While the building has yet to be completed, we still are wowed by the idea that a 400 foot-tall skyscraper has a working 350 foot-tall waterfall built into its facade. The Liebian International Building is being built in Guiyang, China. Sadly, they can’t run it all the time.
The Spyra One is an electronic water gun. Instead of ejecting a stream, it shoots discrete “bullets” to up to 30 ft. It has a built-in pump that lets you refill the gun in seconds over a body of water. It also has a digital display that shows how many shots you have left.
I Like to Make Stuff got envious of a friend who had a large slip n’ slide, so he decided to build one out of off the shelf parts. The build’s main parts are PVC pipes, pool noodles and plastic sheets. The spray bar was made such that it can be disassembled for storage.
Rishi Thornhill’s Aquanautia shorts have a pocket that stays waterproof up to 100ft, thanks to self-sealing magnetic clasps. The shorts are made from recycled plastic bottles and are also water- and stain-repellent. Our only concern – erasing credit cards with all those magnets.
The OneUp is a personal flotation device that comes packed into a case about the size of a soda can. It’s designed to automatically inflate when it comes into contact with water. It can be reused by replacing its CO2 cartridge and folding it back into its case.
WaterBrick’s signature product is a stackable and durable BPA-free plastic container that totes up to 3.5 gal of water or 27 lb of dry food. There’s also a 1.6 gal variant, one that has a wide opening, and one that’s filled with vehicle emergency supplies.
Quartz claims that its insulated bottle can keep tap water 99.99% free from bacteria and other microorganisms. It has an LED under its cap that emits ultraviolet light to kill or deactivate nasty germs. The LED fires up every 4 hours, and lasts up to 3 months per charge.
An underwater drone that can record videos at 4K/25fps, stream at 1080p and shoot at up to 5fps. Its 12MP camera is mounted on a 2-axis gimbal for smooth shots. It works up to 98ft away, and lasts up to 2h per charge. It also has an optional fish-finding module.
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