Studies reveal: Water tastes like water

Can people perceive the difference between bottled water and tap water? Two studies suggest that – at least in France and in Northern Ireland – water tastes like water. A French research team ran a taste test of six different bottled mineral waters and six municipal tap waters. This was a collaboration between two scientific institutes (CNRS, […]

ICKY: Enema with Garden Hose

“Kendi Kendine Lavman Uygulamasina Bağli Kolorektal Perforasyon” [Colorectal Perforation Due to Self Administered Retrograde Enema with Garden Hose], Tugba Topcul, Ulus Travma Acil Cerrahi Derg, 2003, vol. 9, no. 4, 2003, pp. 297–9. The author, at Akcakoca State Hospital, Duzce, reports [AIR 16:1]: We report a case of colorectal perforation due to self administered retrograde […]

Man-bearing squirtgun

Behold a device called the JetLev flyer (thanks to Wendell Maradonna for bringing it to our attention). The manufacturer opines: “A flexible water supply hose delivers power to the jetpack with pressurized water. It also serves as the tether, enforces a flight ceiling, discourages the pilot from flying over land, acts as a stabilizer, dampens […]

New View of the Importance of Water

A new appreciation of how beetles appreciate fluids: “Female Callosobruchus Maculatus Mate When They are Thirsty: Resource-rich Ejaculates as Mating Effort in a Beetle,” Martin Edvardsson, Animal Behaviour, vol. 74, no. 2, August 2007, pp. 183-8. (Thanks to Kit Howard for bringing this to our attention.) The authors, at Uppsala University and the University of […]