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The mysteries of water


Posted on Tuesday, 9 February, 2010 | Comment icon 19 comments | News tip by: TRUEYOUTRUEME


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Water is one of the most important substances on the planet yet mystery still surrounds many of its properties, exactly how much do we really know about it ?

What makes water so fundamentally important to life ? Why do ice cubes float ? Why does it freeze from the top rather than from the bottom ? This article delves in to these mysteries and more.

"We are confronted by many mysteries, from the nature of dark matter and the origin of the universe to the quest for a theory of everything."

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Comment icon #10 Posted by TRUEYOUTRUEME on 9 February, 2010, 4:36
No sorry but that is what they are saying. The study makes a clear distinction between the two structures. One as having a more disctinct 'pyramid' strucure and one that does not. You are also wrong to say that this does not clearly show another aspect to the threefold nature of Water. The bond shown in this super-structure of water creates a three-fold (three-dimensional) structure. That is just fact. Deny it all you want. Yet of course there is more to learn of course. As I have said I think that lower-level structures like the actual chemical compositions of H1O, H2O, and... [More]
Comment icon #11 Posted by TRUEYOUTRUEME on 9 February, 2010, 4:39
Cheap post. Why not go take a bath or something? Please.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Copasetic on 9 February, 2010, 5:01
From your source; They are talking about the structure of hydrogen bonding here not a pyramid or tetrahedron. They (triangular pyramid and tetrahedron) are one in the same. That is all old news the author of the article was telling you, so you'd catch up on 200 years of chemistry. The new hypothesis is a superstructure of 50 or more molecules (an agglomeration of hydrogen bonded waters) may exist. Frankly, I have no idea what you are trying to say here. Does water form intermolecular bonds? Yes. Is the shape 3d? Yes. Is that the same thing as 'threefold nature of water... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by The Silver Thong on 9 February, 2010, 5:04
Now you want me to take a bath in all those pyramids, you sick puppy LOL I'm scared of water now LOL Just a side note here. Copasetic knows what he's talking about, I have learned many things from him. It's wise to listen sometimes and ask questions. He is more than willing to answer them for you as he has shown.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Copasetic on 9 February, 2010, 5:10
double post.
Comment icon #15 Posted by TRUEYOUTRUEME on 9 February, 2010, 7:50
The self-gratifying posts of trying to act like you have something to teach when you do not is annoying. As I have already said, I understand the article I posted but it you who do not understand my comments on the article that went beyond it at all obviously. Oh well.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Copasetic on 10 February, 2010, 0:23
The self-gratifying posts of trying to act like you have something to teach when you do not is annoying. As I have already said, I understand the article I posted but it you who do not understand my comments on the article that went beyond it at all obviously. Oh well. [/quote] That's interesting coming from one who doesn't seem to have worked out Obviously, since you seem to understand it all so well (And I obviously have no idea what I'm talking about and "nothing to teach" in my self-gratifying way) I'm sure you wouldn't mind solving some simple probl... [More]
Comment icon #17 Posted by DieChecker on 10 February, 2010, 1:25
A pyramid is made of triangles, No? And the triangle is the simplist of shapes. Chemically you can not get simpler then a triangle, other then a straight line. There is nothing mystical about pyramids.
Comment icon #18 Posted by RamboIII on 10 February, 2010, 2:27
And this is why chemistry is the most boring field of science.
Comment icon #19 Posted by MedicTJ on 10 February, 2010, 8:14
Due to my own profession, I've gone through basic chemistry as we understand it. And I laughed my ass off the entire time........... Not because what I was learning was wrong....but because what I was being taught was the be-all/end-all. How can we be this arrogant? It's as if we've learned nothing from our own history. Scientists are ostracized if they so much as even attempt to suggest something remotely less than mainstream. Have today's scientists forgotten what people like Copernicus and Galileo went through? Instead of the stockade or even worse forms of torture,... [More]


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