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Scientists Create An Algorithm That Removes Color Distortion From Underwater Photos And Here Are 8 Before And After Pics

Well, oceanographer Derya Akkaynak and engineer Tali Treibitz have created an algorithm called ‘Sea-thru’ (I’ll bet my right hand that this pun is definitely intended) that removes the water from underwater photographs. That way, you get all the hues and saturation that you’d expect from regular, professional landscape pics. Scroll down for Bored Panda’s interview with Two scientists created the ‘Sea-thru’ algorithm that alters underwater photos to show what the colors ‘really’ look like Image credits: What you need to know about water, besides that it’s wet and covers over two-thirds…

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Why Are 96,000,000 Black Balls On This Reservoir?

Veritasium took a boat through 96 million black plastic balls on the Los Angeles reservoir to find out why they’re there. The first time he heard about shade balls the claim was they reduce evaporation. But it turns out this isn’t the reason they were introduced. The balls are made of high density polyethylene (HDPE) which is less dense than water so they float on the surface of the reservoir even if they break apart. They are 10cm (4 inches) in diameter and contain about 210ml of water. So the…

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One Breath Around the World, Guillaume Nrys Incredible New Short

“One Last Breath” is the incredible new short film by free diver Guillaume Néry. The film was shot entirely by Néry’s wife, Julie Gautier, who amazingly captured everything on breath hold as well. The original soundtrack was produced by Guillaume Ferran and this one is worth watching with the lights off and sound up! The sequence with the whales blew my mind. Read more: https://twistedsifter.com/videos/one-breath-around-the-world-by-guillaume-nery/

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17 gifts for people who don’t drink their daily water requirements

Here are the perfect gift ideas for someone who doesnt reach their daily water quota.Image: memobottle How much water do you drink a day, really? What about your closest pal, or your family? Be honest. If it’s not the two litres recommended, then we’ve got work to do. We all know someone (or are someone) who refuses to reach their daily H2O quota, so perhaps said rebel just needs a little sprucing up of their water receptacle. Plus, with an estimated 8 million tonnes of plastic waste entering the global…

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Deep Sea Nuke – Video

Our favorite optimistic nihilist, Kurzgesagt considers the unpleasant question of what would happen if a nuclear bomb was detonated at the bottom of the Marianas Trench. Nuking the spot closest to the center of the earth might not have the consequences you think it would. Earthquakes, boiling seas, Godzilla, fallout or nothing? Learn the unexpected things that could happen on our big round rock if James Cameron’s sub is hijacked for nefarious purposes.

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LA Is Doing Water Better Than Your City. Yes, That LA

wired East Porterville's situation is extreme, but it is not an outlier. If anything, it is a harbinger. "It was only an outlier in the concentration and sheer number of people who lived in a very small area that were affected by this," Jensen says. "There's approximately 300 communities in the state of California and more than a million residents who don't have reliable access to safe drinking water, and that's not even counting people who are on domestic wells." At the Edward C. Little Water Recycling Facility, engineers turn…

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Chilean villagers claim British appetite for avocados is draining region dry

UK demand for fruit increased by 27% last year alone, prompting accusations that growers are illegally diverting rivers and leaving locals without water British supermarkets are selling thousands of tonnes of avocados produced in a Chilean region where villagers claim vast amounts of water are being diverted, resulting in a drought. Major UK supermarkets including Tesco, Morrisons, Waitrose, Aldi and Lidl source avocados from Chiles largest avocado-producing province, Petorca, where water rights have been violated. In Petorca, many avocado plantations install illegal pipes and wells in order to divert water…

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Flooding in Brazil Turns Nature Trail Into Surreal Underwater Fantasy World

Recent flooding at the Rio de Prata Ecological Preserve in Brazil has turned their nature trails into a surreal, underwater fantasy world. What makes it so startling is that the water is so clear and calm. Read more: http://twistedsifter.com/videos/flooding-in-brazil-turns-nature-trail-into-surreal-underwater-fantasy-world/

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Genius Marketing: Poland Spring Is Putting Apple Juice In Its Bottles Because It Tastes Better

While bottled water companies make big claims about the quality and purity of their products, to most people, water is water. That’s why Poland Spring’s latest marketing move puts it way out ahead of the pack. In a stroke of pure genius, Poland Spring has started putting apple juice in its bottles because it tastes better. We honestly can’t believe nobody had thought of that yet. Poland Spring’s latest marketing blitz comes after the veteran bottler realized that, while water tastes fine, apple juice definitely tastes better. Poland Spring hasn’t…

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Too right it’s Black Friday: our relentless consumption is trashing the planet | George Monbiot

Growth must go on and its destroying the Earth. But theres no way of greening it. So we need a new system, writes Guardian columnist George Monbiot Everyone wants everything how is that going to work? The promise of economic growth is that the poor can live like the rich and the rich can live like the oligarchs. But already we are bursting through the physical limits of the planet that sustains us. Climate breakdown, soil loss, the collapse of habitats and species, the sea of plastic, million plastic bottles…

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Theres a Wave in Australia Called Cyclops and It Looks Incredible

“Cyclops has its eye on you” is an awesome sequence, shot by Tom Jennings, of a terrifyingly beautiful wave off western Australia’s southern coastline called Cyclops. Surfline adds: It’s cool how this clip starts out looking like nighttime footage, then you realize it’s actually just shadowing from the lip. It’s cool how the slow-motion effect makes you believe this is a normal ocean wave, then you realize it takes a fully strapped jet-ski, hard-earned local knowledge and otherworldly courage to access it. It’s cool how the spot is named after…

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Plastic fibres found in tap water around the world, study reveals

Exclusive: Tests show billions of people globally are drinking water contaminated by plastic particles, with 83% of samples found to be polluted Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health. Scores of tap water samples from more than a dozen nations were analysed by scientists for an microplastic contamination in the global environment. Previous work has been largely focused on plastic pollution in the oceans, which suggests people are eating microplastics via…

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