Water: the gold of the future | Photo: Tim Geers

Americans use twice the amount of water they think they do, according to a study by Indiana University.

Results show that participants underestimated water use by a factor of two on average, with large underestimates for high water-use activities.

High numeracy scores, older age, and male sex were associated with more accurate perceptions of water use.

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Beach closed: no funding, no fun

The 2015 US federal budget proposes to eliminate all funding for the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Beach Act grant program that supports water-testing programs at beaches around the country.

Surfers and swimmers will be left at risk of contracting waterborne illnesses such as diarrhea, nausea, ear and eye infections and skin rashes, if beach programs run out of funds.

"Can you imagine if we no longer maintained food safety standards in the U.S.? That is what the Obama administration is proposing for our oceans," explains Chad Nelsen, environmental director at Surfrider Foundation.

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Saturn: still uncrowded

Scientists have discovered waves in Saturn, the second largest planet in the Solar System.

Using NASA's Cassini spacecraft, scientists found the first ever waves outside of Earth, on Titan, Saturn's largest moon.

But if you're already preparing your surfboard for an outer space surfing experience, know that the local seas and lakes are filled with liquid methane and ethane. It won't be easy.

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