Venice’s canals go dry following weeks without rain

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Venice has historically had a problem with too much water inundating its canals, but thanks to a combination of low tides and a lack of rain over the last few weeks, the sinking city’s waterways have turned into channels of mud. Indeed, unusual weather patterns have caused Venice’s water levels to plummet by more than two feet (60cm), rendering a number of channels completely unusable. And with no way to move through the city, many locals have left their boats and gondolas to languish in the muck. The Independent reports that dip in water is the direct result of low tides caused by the super blue blood moon paired with unseasonably dry weather. This, however, is not the first time the Italian city has seen its canals go dry; in 2016, water levels fell by 2.16 feet (66cm), and in 2008 and 1989 levels dropped by 2.95 feet (90cm). The canals are expected to return to normal when the rain returns. Related: Italy is giving away hundreds of historic castles and villas for free  While the phenomenon is surely alarming, flooding remains the biggest threat to the city.  Quarternary International published a report last year forecasting that Venice could disappear by the end of the century as a result of rising sea levels caused by climate change . The Mediterranean Sea is in fact predicted to rise by 4.59 feet (140cm) before 2100. The city itself is also sinking at a rate of about 1-2mm a year. Via Independent UK Images via Wiki Commons and Flickr

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Two photographers are sailing through Europe in amazing handbuilt houseboats

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Collaborative artists Claudius Schulze and Maciej Markowicz are sailing through Europe in two self-built tiny homes. The 2BOATS (Übermut) will serve as traveling studios for the artists while they sail from Hamburg to Paris. Schulze’s houseboat is a wooden pontoon-style vessel, complete with an outdoor disco ball and hammock. Markowicz’s sleek floating studio pulls double duty as a fully functioning camera obscura, capturing the photographers’ journey in real time. Schulze’s houseboat is a wooden platform with an amazing covered deck and rooftop seating area, big enough to enjoy the stunning scenery as they sail through Europe’s waterways. The floating home and studio were made with reclaimed wood panels and a variety of old windows, which flood the homey interior with plenty of natural light. Related: How this photographer escaped the grid with her tiny Teardrop Trailer Markowic’s boat is a more modern vessel, and one that is used for pure photography purposes. Doubling as a camera obscura , the innovative vessel is capturing the photographer’s amazing journey. Once at port, the photographer invites guests on board to experience a real-time projection or see the photographic record of the artists’ journey. Schulze and Markowicz created the floating photography studios to make their way from Hamburg to Amsterdam’s Unseen Photo Fair and Paris Photo event, ending their journey at the Hamburg Triennale of Photography in June. Both artists are posting from their man-made ships. Schulze’s explorations can be found on his Instagram page and Markowicz can be found at ObscuraBus . + Claudius Schulze + Maciej Markowicz + 2BOATS Via This is Colossal Photography by Kevin McElvaney courtesy of Übermut Project

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Japanese researchers create tasty new banana with a thin edible peel

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Researchers in Japan have developed a new banana , which possesses a peel thin enough to eat. According to Quartz , the researchers developed the Mongee Banana using the freeze thaw awakening method – and sell the sweet treat for around $6 a pop. Here’s how freeze thaw awakening works: bananas tend to be cultivated in tropical locations, with temperatures staying around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, but D&T Farm keeps their banana trees in temperatures of around negative 76 degrees Fahrenheit before replanting them in 80 degrees Fahrenheit environments. This prompts the bananas to grow rapidly, so the peel doesn’t completely mature and ends up thin, soft, and delicious, according to Quartz. National Geographic explained the fruit “matures before the skin can catch up.” Related: Stop throwing away banana peels – eat them instead HI Kyosyke ! Have you tasted it? Mongee Banana, the most interresting thing about this banana is that you can eat the skin! I'ts only grown in OKAYAMA Perfecture, and they only sell 10 bananas per week. D&T Farm in Okayama. @ffffujiwara pic.twitter.com/jLKj1FCnSx — hapa (@hapahr) January 27, 2018 The company says on the Mongee Banana website the product is not genetically modified , and is pesticide -free. The peel contains extra zinc, magnesium, vitamin B6, tryptophan, and sugar – Quartz cited Japanese media as saying the banana actually contains 24.8 grams of sugar, beating a regular banana’s sugar content of around 18 grams. They also cited taste-testers at outlet Rocket News 24 as saying the banana smelled similar to a pineapple and had a tropical taste. Mashable said the edible skin has a lettuce-like texture. Good luck snagging one of these fruits, though. Mongee Bananas are available in tiny, 10-banana batches, and one will run you $6. But Quartz said D&T Farm hopes to expand and is looking for more banana farmers. The banana is Japan’s most popular fruit, although they currently import 99 percent of the bananas they eat. + Mongee Banana Via Quartz , Mashable , and National Geographic Images via Depositphotos and Lotte Löhr on Unsplash

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