Cruise the Coolest Maps of Minnesota’s water ever made
Blogger David Montgomery presents on twincities.com a few maps that capture Minnesota’s water in the Land of 10,000 lakes — or is it 28,176 distinct wetlands, ponds and lakes? And don’t forget to checkout the state’s flowing water, including rivers and 3,768 unnamed streams and 2,032 unnamed creeks — not including drainage ditches and other unnatural and unsightly man made channels.
Californians resort to stealing water, but catching the thieves and wasters isn’t easy
California’s fourth year of severe drought has unleashed a flood of water thievery. The state has mandated water restrictions, but enforcing water rules and pinpointing extreme waste isn’t easy, authorities say. Long Beach officials are experimenting with smart water meters to warn culprits with a letter. Steep fines are part of the enforcement process, but so far cities, counties and the state government has been reluctant to use them. Check out the story at Wired.com.
Five things we don’t know about water
How many kinds of ice are there? Are there two kinds of liquid water? How does water evaporate? Is the surface of liquid water acidic or basic? Is nanoconfined water different? A professor of chemistry at University of California, Berkeley, has published a piece posing these questions in Nautilus. In fact, the magazine/web site focuses on water as the theme of Issue 025. Nautilus may be the coolest magazine that covers science and its connections to our lives via essays, blogs and investigative reports about big picture topics.
This pig walleye is now the Alberta record walleye
His name is Bob Walker and he’s the new owner of the Alberta walleye record. He caught the fish last fall, but now the record is official. The fish weighed 16.3 pounds and was 36 inches long and possessed a girth of 18 inches. Nice pig, dude.
One man’s review of the Apple Watch: It ain’t good
A new Apple watch owner and tech head says in Slate.com: The watch is making him “stupider” by having to read headlines instead of stories and reading tweets instead of links; the watch is leashed to the iPhone forcing users to pay attention to two devices; and, in the end, the watch is fundamentally unnecessary, “a failed fashion accessory.” Ouch. He stopped wearing it entirely and “unstrapping it from my wrist kind of felt like unshackling a handcuff.”