We Finally Know What Happened to Water on Mars

Mars today (despite the presence of a small amount of a liquid water) is a dry, frozen place. But this was not always the case. Ancient Mars was likely warm and wet, much like Earth. So what happened to change it? Thanks to brand new results from NASA’s MAVEN mission, announced today, we may finally know. »11/05/15 5:45pm11/05/15 5:45pm


Behold the Beauty of This Bouncing Blob of Liquid Loveliness on the Space Station

Astronauts on the International Space Station have stepped up the entertainment factor of their fluid dynamics antics. They’ve added food colouring to the already-excellent combination of zero gravity, water droplet, and antacid tablet, creating a sparkly disco ball of pure joy. »10/09/15 4:15pm10/09/15 4:15pm

Hydrophobic sand turns to goo in water and magically turns back to sand when dry

Hydrophobic sand aka magic fairy dust isn’t something new. But seeing the effects of in action is always impressive. Just watch it go from sand into this metallic goo once it sinks into a cup of water. And even cooler, watch it transform back from goo into grains of sand once it exits the water. »8/22/15 3:30pm8/22/15 3:30pm

I Flew With NASA To Study the California Drought From the Sky

It didn’t look good. Dark sapphire pools dotted the bare gray peaks of the Sierras, ringed in too many concentric circles of sediment to count. As I flew above the mountains with NASA scientists on a tricked-out DC-8 plane, the effects of four years of drought were painfully evident to the naked eye. But it’s what we… »8/20/15 1:20pm8/20/15 1:20pm

California Is Pumping So Much Groundwater That the Land Is Sinking

The Mad Max plot playing out in California is causing all sorts of problems, not least for farmers, who have turned to pumping groundwater to irrigate crops. According to NASA, all that pumping is having an effect: in some places, the ground is sinking by two inches per month.http://gizmodo.com/learning-from-... »8/20/15 11:30am8/20/15 11:30am

I Want To Build All These Amazing Alternative Lighthouses

A new lighthouse would probably be a fitting memorial to the 2012 sinking of the Costa Concordia off the coast of Italy. Open-idea competition platform matterbetter has been running a contest to design a new lighthouse concept to live at the spot where the ship capsized, and while the entries aren’t realistic, they’re… »8/04/15 12:00am8/04/15 12:00am

Marijuana Burdens California Water Supplies More Than Beer or Wine

Anyone following news about California’s drought has read about its effect on nation-nourishing crop yields. But what you probably haven’t read is how the drought is impacting the Golden State’s homegrown vices, including wine, pot, and craft beer—and how their industries are affecting the state in return. »7/15/15 3:20pm7/15/15 3:20pm

Seeing a giant stingray eat a crab is like seeing a UFO abduct a person

And here I thought stingrays were jolly surfers of the ocean. Not to crabs! Watch as this giant stingray catch a spider crab and vacuum suck the poor crab right into the stingray’s mouth. It’s like one minute the crab is there, the next he’s been vaporized. Poor crab was too busy molting to realize the UFO of the sea… »7/15/15 2:12pm7/15/15 2:12pm