Pumps, plumbing, and weird water
One of the earliest things humanity automated was the moving of liquids—irrigation, draining mines, and removal of waste. From five-thousand years ago to today, we take a look at pumps, plumbing, and some of the weirdness of water.
Here’s a video of exploding water moving a weight.
Here are a couple of blog posts from people who write about experimenting with electrically exploding water.
Here’s an article about some of the history of plumbing.
Here’s a video about how the plumbing in your home works.
Here’s a video on how a toilet works.
Here’s a video on siphons, that describes the standard, air pressure based theory of their operation.
Here’s a video on a siphon working in a partial vacuum, using regular water.
And here’s a siphon working in a vacuum with a magic nonevaporating liquid.