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To Drown

The ship rocks and the waves crash over the deck.

Lightning splits the sky and thunder roars.

The world creaks and moans.

And then it shifts—

Sliding screaming silence sinking—

The water churns and spins him around

Until he doesn’t know which way is up.

The world is dark except for a few seconds of lightning,

Or is that glint something shiny that was lost long ago?

It’s impossible to tell, and there isn’t time to think about it now;

The cold seeps into his bones even as his lungs start to burn.

They say it’s a peaceful way to go, to drown,

But the sea knows no peace,

No calm in the center of the storm.

The world is dark, except the spots in his vision are darker,

And his lungs are still burning, even as he opens his mouth,

And the cold rushes in but offers no relief.

The salt stings but he can hardly feel it now.

He can hardly feel anything now.

They say that it’s a pleasant way to go,

To drown.

They’re wrong.

The Wreck

Like cloud astride the midnight sky

Their cold reflection in the deep

A lightless world, the silenced cry

Of ghosts of ocean’s muffled sleep

 

Swallowed by the silver crest

Of waves upon the moonlight cast

They failed the ocean’s bitter test

These sunken echoes of the past

 

Now rusted, crushed, made home anew

The victims of Poseidon’s wrath

Have found themselves a different crew

That lurk within the aftermath

Water in space?

On October 23, 2015, a viral video was released containing astronaut Scott Kelly “messing around with an Alka-Seltzer tablet dissolved in a floating ball of water and thought it was pretty neat.”

This video gained a lot of attention because of its futuristic theme and new science information. Daniel Faber who is the CEO of asteroid mining startup Deep Space Industries watched the video and he said he “saw the future.”

Floating water orb. Photo from futuristech.
Floating water orb. Photo from futuristech.

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If you watch the video, which is shot in 4K resolution, you will witness a “tennis ball-sized blob of water floating around” while the astronaut Kelly plays around by injecting drops of dye into it.

He then slips an “effervescent tablet into the ball” and the viewers will see the ball of water begin to bubble.

“At the same time, gas bubbles form inside and occasionally escape the surface tension of the water, deforming it.

Faber believes this ball of water is the start of the future and is an “industrial process waiting to be developed.”

Faber also stated that this video “reaffirmed the untapped value of space for him.” The fact the specialists in the field of space are so excited and interested on what this video has shown, is exciting to America because it proves all of the undiscovered information that space still has to offer us.

The probability of creating the ability to take “advantage of the odd properties of liquids in microgravity to keep substances separated from each other in a controlled manner” is in the near future says Faber. He thinks we can use what we see in the video to “separate toxic substances from one another.”  

This would be a huge progression in the science field because of the ability to take a toxic substance out of a substance that isn’t toxic, making it possible to obtain more resources such as medicine that could help people in the long run.

Although all of this new information seems exciting and gives hope to the future, most of these scientific discoveries are still years down the road; however, the road will create more discoveries that will have all started with simply popping an Alka-Seltzer tablet into a ball of water.

H2O house

If you’ve ever wished you could live in the water without compromising your oxygen supply, you’re in luck! Hungarian architect, Matyas Gutai, has designed a house made of water, held in place by glass and steel panels.

The ingenious water panels serve an interesting purpose- to maintain the indoor temperature of the house. In addition to keeping the house a comfortable temperature all year, this “liquid engineering” technique allows the house to heat itself during the colder months. Phoebe Parke of CNN explains that, “when it’s hot excess heat is stored either in the foundations of the building or in external storage, to be brought back to the walls when the temperature drops.”

Matyas Gutai with the water house. Graphic from CNN
Matyas Gutai with the water house. Graphic from CNN

Since the house can heat and cool itself, not only will residents save a fortune on electric bills, but the house design could also help the environment. “It saves energy, when you compare it to a similar building with large glass surfaces — it’s a very clean and sustainable solution,” said Gutai.

Of course, it may be a while before you start to see these structures pop up in your neighborhood. The biggest question raised so far: what happens if the temperature drops too low and the water freezes? This is a fair point, seeing as no one in the world would sign up to live in a house of ice during the coldest part of the winter. Gutai responded, “We now mix the water with natural solvents, that do not cause pollution but lower the freezing temperature to an acceptable level. Even if the reheating technology fails, the water cannot freeze.” Another potential risk brought up was the question of what would happen if a panel broke. Gutai was prepared for this as well stating, “We designed special joint units. The joint elements allow slow flow, but block faster flows.”

Gutai has been working on this project for almost a decade. It took him six years of work at the University of Tokyo before a prototype of the house was finally created and structural problems could begin to be addressed.

While the water house seems like something out of the future right now, it may (in the next few decades) become the norm. Gutai expressed his desire to incorporate this technology into major cities, therefore saving energy that they use daily. Gutai is starting small, trying to get factories and companies across Europe to begin utilizing his ideas, but so far the research is holding up and the water house seems like it could slowly begin taking the world by storm.

A once-liquid Mars

The search for water on Mars has gone on for almost as long as humanity has been traveling beyond our own planet. While tantalizing hints have been uncovered at various stages in this search, NASA’s latest baby, the Curiosity rover, has finally unearthed conclusive evidence that flowing water once existed on the red planet. Continue reading A once-liquid Mars