Water is weird.

Discussion in 'The Science Forum' started by Dashing_Chap, Aug 17, 2012.

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  1. For the geeks.

    California NanoSystems Institute: Video Archive


    Guest speaker Philip Ball, a good science writer and former editor of Nature.

    Unfortunately I can't link the video directly to this thread, but might be interesting to consider the stranger aspects of H2O next time you have a drink.

    DC
     
  2. I like water....its indestructible and clear too
     
  3. Not if you use the Guardroom kettle and you see the limescale chunks going in your brew. =D
     
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  4. Fish **** in it.
     
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  5. Upon freezing, everything - with one exception - gets smaller and so increases in density.

    The exception is water, which expands upon freezing.

    So what? This means that frozen water - ice - floats. If ice sank, the oceans would have frozen weeks ago. If they'd frozen, life as we know it ( Jim) could not have devolved.

    Weird shit, innit...
     
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  6. Water weird world we live in
     
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  7. Who would have thought that water could be so fascinating?
     
  8. If ice sank, Titanic would be an even more boring film,
     
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  9. Apparently there's a thing called ICE9 which is so cold it could freeze over all the oceans. It only exists under huge pressure tho.

    I'm waiting for what the 4th state is, I think it's liquid cystal LCD.
     
  10. Other exceptions are silicon, bismuth, antimony, gallium and no doubt there are others...
     
  11. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer


    I thought the 4th sate was Plasma?
     
  12. ...and nipples. Don't forget nipples.
     
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  13. Is that on the East Coast?
     
  14. rampant

    rampant LE Reviewer Book Reviewer


    thereabouts