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The Week In Numbers: Drugs In Your Water, A Spaceship For The Sea, And More

作者: Rose Pastore
   
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The SeaOrbiter
Illustration by Jacques Rougerie

2016: year by which a French team hopes to finish an ambitious ocean-going laboratory that would rival the Starship Enterprise in scope

4 hours: battery life of a jetpack for divers

31 days: time Fabien Cousteau will spend living in the undersea research habitat Aquarius

100 percent: portion of untreated water that contained morphine in a recent study

100 feet: height by which water levels at Lake Mead, the largest drinking-water reservoir in the U.S., have dropped in the past decade (another 50 feet, and the first intake pipe will start sucking air)

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Lake Mead
White mineral deposits circling Lake Mead behind Hoover Dam have emerged as water levels have fallen.
Jim Wilson/The New York Times/Redux

43 pounds: amount of electronic waste generated each year for every human on the planet

1.1 million: number of plastic particles per square kilometer in Lake Ontario, according to a recent study (Illinois is now the first state to ban microbeads, small plastic bits often found in cosmetic products)

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Beads galore
Microplastic beads found recently in the Great Lakes.
5 Gyres / YouTube

36 percent: the packing density of small, rigid particles

30 billionths of a degree: precision of a thermometer made from light

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The light thermometer
A computer generated image of the Light Thermometer. A slight difference in the speed of the green and red light can tell us the temperature.
Credit: Dr James Anstie, IPAS and School of Chemistry and Physics, University of Adelaide

46 percent: portion of the world's population that watched the 2010 World Cup

12.6 terabytes: data traffic that attendees of this year's World Cup are expected to create (more World Cup numbers here)

150 kHz: frequency of the calls of the highest-pitched species ever recorded

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A female Supersonus
University of Lincoln
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作者: Rose Pastore
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创建时间: 2014-06-19
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书集: Popular Science
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