Water and Light – Rainbows

Yes, this rainbow can honestly tell this leprechaun that his gold is safely stored at the end of the rainbow. After all, have you ever known anyone who has ever even gotten to the end of rainbow, even with a pot of gold tempting them? Even if a rainbow is right in front of you, it always still seems to stay out of reach. And, the concept of gold being at the rainbow is actually a historical rearrangement of the original concept that your chance of finding the end of a rainbow was about the same as your finding a pot of gold.

Maybe it is best not to try to analyze one of nature’s magical wonders as a rainbow too much (care to vote for your favorite water body?), as even the concept of the rainbow being a bow (arc) is not entirely true. Did you know that if the horizon wasn’t in the way, a rainbow would take the shape of a circle (as seen from an airplane, as in the picture below)? Далее

BLK: Black Mineral Water

BLK Water is infused with fulvic trace minerals, which play a critical role in the growth of plant life — assisting in the transport and absorption of nutrients inside the plant cell. Once the minerals are added to pure water, the water turns black naturally without the use of any artificial dyes or colorings. The packaging assignment on this was a dream job come true for someone. Далее

Discovery Improves Understanding of How Body Maintains Water Balance

Scientists at Aston University (UK) have identified a new mechanism responsible for regulating the flow of water into and out of cells. This discovery will improve understanding of how the body maintains its water balance in health and disease.

A model for the direct regulation of rapid cellular water flow. (Credit: Image courtesy of Aston University)

Proteins called aquaporins (AQPs), which allow water flow into and out of cells were discovered by scientists in California, twenty years ago. These proteins, embedded in cell membranes, constitute the cellular ‘plumbing system’. However, the mechanism which regulates their function under different conditions has remained unclear for many years, such as the control of water flow in the kidney. Далее

Our Great Sin Against Water

The priestly accounts of the creation have fallen into discredit. So mysticism has to take refuge in the atom. The atom is a safe place not because it is small, but because you have to do complicated measurements and use underground channels to find your way there. These underground channels are concealed from the eye of the people because the plain man has not been taught to read and write size language. — Lancelot Hogben in Mathematics, the Mirror of Civilization. 

It’s obvious that we have met and exceeded Mr. Lebow’s expectation. We are world record holders in virtually all categories of consumption. It is equally obvious that massive consumption translates to massive squandering of resources and massive pollution. Далее

Water Desalination: Freshwater from the Sea

Did You Know?

  • Ocean water contains about 35,000 parts per million of salt. Fresh water contains less than 1,000 parts per million.
  • The first scientific paper on desalting was published by Arab chemists in the eighth century.
  • Desalination/distillation is one of mankind’s earliest forms of water treatment. In ancient times, many civilizations used this process on their ships to convert sea water into drinking water.
  • Today, desalination plants are used to convert sea water to drinking water on ships and in many arid regions of the world, and to treat water in other areas that is fouled by natural and unnatural contaminants. Далее