Hidden Water

Unless you’ve been cryogenically frozen for the past decade, you know that water shortages are becoming a huge problem. According to UN estimates, by 2025, 1.8 billion people will be living in countries or regions with absolute water scarcity, and two-thirds of the world’s population could be living under water stressed conditions.

To date there have been no scientific studies performed regarding the amount of water wasted this summer by people trying not to donate money to charity, but below is an image that shows the hidden water in a products you likely consume every day.

How Much Water Does It Take To Produce These Consumer Goods?

hidden water food

*there are about 3.8 litres (liters) in one gallon

We love a good beef burrito here at ATI, but a single steak takes 1,100 gallons of water to produce. In other words, if you have five of them you’ve used the same amount of water it takes to fill AN ENTIRE 15′ ROUND SWIMMING POOL. Cutting out meat consumption–even just one or two days a week–will save hundreds of thousands of gallons of water.

Source: Sustainable Lafayette

4 Diseases More Terrifying Than Ebola

Ebola has been in the news for a while, what with all the killing, and for once it appears the media has actually underestimated the severityof the problem. It’s gotten so bad, even the usual gang of shameless opportunists is getting called out for feasting on the human tragedy.

Far be it for us to rise above a good panic. As part of ATI’s continuing series on things that should keep you up at night, here are four diseases that are way scarier than Ebola that you should be way more scared of.

Scary Diseases: Influenza

Scary Diseases Spanish Flu

Source: Wikipedia

Yes, the flu. Somewhere in our collective unconscious mind, we all kind of know that the flu is a big deal that totally kills people, but it’s hard to shake the feeling that it’s just a bad kind of cold. After all, what has the flu ever done but buy you a few extra days to study for a fifth-grade spelling test?

Scary Diseases Justin Bieber

Technically not as bad as an airborne plague.
Source: New York Daily News

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Great News, Caffeine Addicts: Science Says Coffee Is Good For You

Drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day and don’t have a ruinous diet? Studies show you’ll live longer than those who don’t and decrease the likelihood of contracting Type-2 Diabetes. Watch on for more pro-coffee facts to throw at people who say you have a “problem”.

4 Of The Most Evil Science Experiments Ever Performed

Scientists are heroes. At their best, scientists represent the best in humanity—intelligence, curiosity, and skeptical rigor. This perceived goodwill licenses scientists to do things in society that ordinary people wouldn’t be allowed to get away with. If a random person burst into your house with a bubbling test tube and shouted “Quick! Drink this!” you’d call the police. Put that person in a white lab coat, though, and you’ll only delay long enough to thank him for coming in the nick of time.

Scientists are human, however, and it turns out that human beings who’ve been given that level of trust almost always prove themselves the last people in the world who should be trusted to look after a goldfish. Here are 4 of the most appallingly evil experiments ever carried out in the name of science. Note that many of the experiments were of limited or non-existent value. It turns out that freaks who like to torture human beings are generally bad at designing double-blind trials.

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