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Benin: Turning the scourge of fishermen into a resource

- A dug-out canoe speeds along the water then slows down suddenly before stopping altogether. Blocking its path are water hyacinths as far as the eye can see.

Water crisis increases Zika threat in Venezuela

Caracas - Yurman Torres is standing in line at the foot of Avila mountain, on the edge of Caracas, to fill a large jug with water, a rare commodity in crisis-hit Venezuela.

Venus flytrap 'counts' prey's steps to begin digesting it as food

German scientists have recently found out that Venus flytraps do something that's pretty remarkable — the plants actually "count" the number of times a struggling insect taps trigger hairs inside the plant's maw.

Former U.S. auto hub reeling from tainted water scandal

Washington - For months, people in Flint, Michigan -- a dying industrial town in the American heartland -- consumed water contaminated with lead. And the country ignored it.

Coke/Pepsi fund study claiming diet soda is better than water

Bristol - In 2014, producers of soft drinks funded a study that concluded diet soda was better for losing weight than water. The companies are at again, as they have funded another study.

Fracking in Alberta: Daily quakes and thirsty residents

Montr - One earthquake is recorded on average each day in a western Canadian region where companies extract oil by fracking, according to statistics published by the Canadian province's energy regulatory agency.

Michigan governor wants to talk with Flint residents about water

Flint - Officials in Flint, Mich., have promised to speak with every resident of the 99,000-population city to ensure they have clean water to drink and have not been exposed to lead contamination from the Flint River.

Bolivia, Peru sign $500 mn deal for Lake Titicaca clean-up

La Paz - Bolivia and Peru agreed to provide more than $500 million towards cleaning up Lake Titicaca, whose polluted waters are home to some animals nearing extinction, a Bolivian environment official said.

Monk goes nine days without food, water or sleep

On Wednesday, a Japanese monk finished a nine-day ritual of not drinking, eating or sleeping as he chanted sutras 100,000 times.

Heater-cooler devices could be a risk to some patients

Washington - U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has posted a safety note relating to the risk of bacterial infections to some patients placed close to operating heater-cooler devices.

Oil from freighter collision off Belgian coast threatens nature reserve

Den Haag - Belgium and the Netherlands are frantically trying to stop the spread of oil leaking from a collision Tuesday morning between a freighter and a tanker in the North Sea before the slick sullies a coastal nature reserve.

NASA says it has proof of flowing water on Mars

Washington - Water appears to be flowing, at least intermittently, on the surface of Mars, NASA said Monday, a finding that could impact human understanding of the solar system.

Speculation grows about NASA's big Mars announcement today

Washington - Wild speculation continues online over what NASA plans to announce today concerning what has been discovered about Mars, the fourth planet from the sun.

Liquid water found on Mars: NASA

Washington - Liquid water has been observed on the planet Mars which makes it far more likely that life could be found there, the US space agency NASA said Monday.

East Ukraine faces winter water shortage threat

Kiev - European monitors warned Friday that war-scarred eastern Ukraine faced a severe water shortage this winter because shelling had destroyed much of the industrial region's distribution pipelines.

Sony backtracks on Xperia waterproofing, 'do not use underwater'

Sony has quietly made a rather major change to one of its support pages for its Xperia smartphones. It now warns users that handsets should not be used underwater, a serious contradiction to several of its own press images and advertising campaigns.

Looking for the ultimate hangover cure? You'll be disappointed

Utrecht - The morning after feeling is one many of us contend with. Lots of people have their favorite hangover cures, and one of the most popular is drinking lots of water. Sadly, this turns out to be an urban myth.

Israel to use crop, water technology to win friends in Africa

Milan - Israel wants to use its cutting-edge agricultural technology to improve food production -- and win friends -- across Africa, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday.

Opening of Crystal Geyser water bottling plant in Calif. opposed

A local citizens group in California is taking Crystal River bottling company to court, claiming the company doesn't have the proper permits and is in violation of land-use provisions by opening a water bottling plant during a drought.

Keeping underwater surfaces dry

Can a surface remain dry underwater for several months on end? A group of scientists and engineers think so, and they believe their surface has many commercial applications.

GSK plant closes due to Legionnaires' disease

A GlaxoSmithKline facility has shut down due to a risk from Legionnaire's disease. The bacterium was detected in a cooling tower. The pharma plant makes inhaled medications.

Review: John King performs at Aquapalooza and it ends with a splash

Harrison Township - Country singer John King performed for Aquapalooza in Michigan during the last week of July, and his performance ended with a splash.

Iraqis protest over poor services, salty tap water

Basra - Hundreds of Iraqis demonstrated Saturday in the sweltering southern cities of Basra and Karbala as protests over the poor quality of water and electricity supply spread across the country.

Utility districts cut water use by 27 percent in California

Sacramento - Drought-slammed California could avoid mandatory water rationing next summer if the state's hundreds of utility districts can keep water under control until the next heavy rains arrive.

Op-Ed: Advocates claim a secret pact has occurred with California water Special

Sacramento - As the drought in California continues, water advocates from non-profit organization Friends of The River claim two very important Federal agencies have been in a secret pact over access to portions of California's precious water resources.

Warning over swimming related drowning deaths

In the U.S. there has been a spate of avoidable deaths by drowning. This is due to “underwater breath-holding behaviors,” which has become a popular dare among young people.

San Diego posts huge cuts in water consumption

Latest figures released by the State Water Resources Control Board Wednesday show the City of San Diego reduced water consumption by 26 percent in May.

Study warns against dangers of drinking too much water

Experts writing in the Clinical Journal of Sport Medicine are advising endurance athletes to drink water only when they are thirsty.

New software tracks fecal contamination

Madrid - New software allows medics to track fecal contamination throughout all types of water, from seas to rivers. The software makes use of biological changes to water and then uses this to make predictions of the direction that contamination may spread.

Latest FARC attack leaves Colombia town without water

Estanzuela - FARC rebels blew up a water plant in southwestern Colombia, military officials said, in the latest alleged attack by the guerrilla movement on the nation's infrastructure.
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AEG electric water kettle designed by Peter Behrens in 1909.
AEG electric water kettle designed by Peter Behrens in 1909.
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There are several areas that create mini waterfalls along Little Hurricane Creek and Burgess Falls.
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Grape vines in Crimea. June 16, 2003
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North Crimea Canal flowing at peak flow. Sept. 23, 2008.
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Public watershed conference, Athabasca, Alberta, Canada January 29th, 2011.
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Snow melts down a gutter
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The view from Marine One en route to Firebaugh, Calif., February 14, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
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A dog cools off in the water in the evening after record Sydney temperatures of 45.8 degrees during the day.