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This is my Mic drop, bye bye beloved Red Sea

This is my Mic drop, bye bye beloved Red Sea
This is one of the most difficult decisions I have had to take in my life. Here it comes: after approximately 25 years in The Red Sea, my tour of duty has officially come to an end. I don't really have to elaborate on the details surrounding my decision, most of it is known for whoever has followed the hardships Red Sea tourism professionals have g...
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What's wrong with this picture?

What's wrong with this picture?
Behold the Woobi, a mask designed by Danish firm Kilo Design "to protect and educate children." The designers write: Woobi Play is an anti-pollution mask for children that filters at least 95% of dangerous airborne particulate matter (PM). The mask is designed to meet children at eye-level, with a playful, educational approach, and is a bold shot at designing a simple, new typology that transforms a professional mask to fit into a child’s universe. It evidently differs from other masks, like the Doodle we recently showed , that are not transparent and hide the face. Compared to more traditional masks on the market which typically hide the face, Woobi’s asymmetric design DNA and its translucent, medical-grade silicone structure aims to achieve effective protection while remaining sensitive to the social needs of its users. The first question raised by this, as it was with the Doodle Mask, is: what kind of...
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The last bastion of Capt. Cousteau's legacy has been thrown to the sharks

The last bastion of Capt. Cousteau's legacy has been thrown to the sharks
I can just see Cousteau the father of diving turning in the grave. After the disastrous management of the Calypso by the late captain's last wife, now the last bastion of Cousteau's legacy Aqualung has been thrown to the sharks, but these sharks are not our common aquatic types but rather the ones roaming Wall Street. "In 1946 Air Liquide founded L...
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Giant Catfish Fossil Found in Egyptian Desert

Giant Catfish Fossil Found in Egyptian Desert
The new fossil was found in Egypt's wind-sculpted Wadi Al-Hitan, also called the Valley of the Whales. Photograph by Richard Barnes, National Geographic Creative A new species of ancient animal plucked from the sands of Egypt is offering insight into the evolution of one of the most recognizable aquatic groups on Earth: the humble catfish. Unearthed in Wadi Al-Hitan , a dramatic, forbidding desert southwest of Cairo, the fossil catfish has been named Qarmoutus hitanensis, and it would have lived roughly 37 million years ago. At about 6.5 feet long, the creature would have been on the upper end of the catfish size scale, coming close to modern-day behemoths like the Mekong giant catfish in Southeast Asia and the Wels catfish in Europe. (At the opposite end of that scale is the tiny parasitic candiru, which is infamous for legends that it can wiggle its way inside people via some...
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Generate Electricity from Bacteria in Mud

Generate Electricity from Bacteria in Mud
Photo by Hep Svadja With some mud, salt, and water, you can create a closed circuit that generates a current. This is called a microbial fuel cell, a device that uses bacteria to create electrical power by oxidizing simple compounds like glucose or organic matter in wastewater. Given the finite supply of fossil fuels, this biofuel cell is a promising approach for generating power in a renewable, carbon-neutral way. Check out these examples: The fuel cell works when bacteria attach to the electrode in an anode chamber of a cell that is oxygen-free. Since the bacteria do not have oxygen, they must transfer their electrons somewhere else. The cathode however is exposed to oxygen; thus, the two electrodes are at different potentials and create a bio-barrier or a “fuel-cell.” 1. MAKE THE SALT BRIDGE Figure A. Step shots by Sydney Palmer Read articles from the magazine right here on Make:...
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