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From the Vault:  Don't Drink the Salt Water

Whether you draw your wisdom from 18th century poems or experience in the surf, you probably know that drinking seawater is a terrible idea. But exactly why shouldn’t you drink saltwater? What happens if you do? Can it really drive you mad with hallucinations? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert Lamb and Joe McCormick look to the world of biology for answers. (Originally published Jan. 16, 2018)

Don't Drink the Salt Water

Whether you draw your wisdom from 18th century poems or experience in the surf, you probably know that drinking seawater is a terrible idea. But exactly why shouldn’t you drink saltwater? What happens if you do? Can it really drive you mad with hallucinations? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Robert and Joe look to the world of biology for answers.

Bob Barker Saves Whales with Namesake Ice-crusher

Bob Barker is best known for his genial, tanned, 35-year-long presence on "The Price is Right." But there's also the tough as nails, fighting Barker of movie cameos -- notably, "Happy Gilmore." This piece of news seems to satisfy both reputations: Barker is helping to stop whaling with a 1,200-ton (1,000-metric-ton), ice-crushing namesake ship. According to the AP, Barker donated $5 million to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which in turn named its anti-whaling vessel "The Bob Barker" in honor of the game show host. On Tuesday, the high-speed ship had its first encounter with Japanese whalers off of Antarctica.

A New Ocean is Ripping Through Ethiopia

Thought the "Seven Seas" were static? Nope, they've gone through many incarnations since the ancient Greeks started grouping their local bodies of water into one convenient moniker. European explorers expanded the definition a bit to include a wider sampling of world waters, and today we'd probably list the Arctic, North and South Atlantic, North and South Pacific, Indian and Southern Oceans in the big seven -- if we used the phrase at all. But it turns out, there's a new ocean in the making, rending the African continent right through the middle of Ethiopia.

The Life of a Georgia Aquarium Diver

Last night I had the opportunity to attend Science on Tap, the first in a new series of lectures at the Georgia Aquarium here in Atlanta. This particular presentation was led by head divers Jeff Reid and Mauritius Bell, who provided a fascinating insight into their professional lives.

The Blob Attacks Alaska and Other Cryptozoological Letdowns

So I just found out that Alaskans spotted an unidentified organic blob in the waters off the Chukchi Sea. Would this turn out to be something new and amazing, an established natural phenomenon or this year's bigfoot hoax?

10 Planet Hacking Schemes -- No. 3: Fertilize Some Ocean

For our next planet hacking scheme, we're taking geoengineering right back into the ocean. I know what you're thinking. What's next, right? Giant robotic squid that suck CO2 in with their tentacles of green fury? Some wonder chemical that makes the ocean more reflective? While I promise that the next entry will have robots in it, this entry is all about growing a ton of whale food in the sea.

10 Planet Hacking Schemes -- No. 4: Add Limestone and Stir

So thus far we've looked at a number of land- and air-based planet hacking schemes to counter global warming. But what about the ocean? As I promised Friday, we're hitting the seven seas for the next couple of entries. First up: carbonate addition.