Boffins have been applying their giant brains to the question of water and how it can be manipulated to solve some of the world’s thorniest problems ranging from Craig David to cancer.
According to Science Daily, water has some suprising properties such as the ability to store large amounts of heat and to lose density as it solidifies.
In fact the properties of water are so strange that some boffins have difficulty working out how it actually exists and whether or not it was proof of the existence of God.
Pradeep Kumar, a fellow at Rockefeller University’s Center for Studies in Physics and Biology has worked out a way of measuring how interaction between water molecules causes changes.
The hope is that this paves the way for understanding how water can be manipulated to facilitate or prevent substances from dissolving in it.
If they work this out then it could change the world because there are a lot of things that depend on the solubility or insolubility in water.
Kumar and his colleagues first tracked individual water molecules in a “supercooled” state.
In the liquid state, every water molecule fleetingly interacts with its four nearest neighbours and forms a tetrahedron, Kumar said.
These tetrahedrons are slightly imperfect and the degree to which they are changes as temperature and pressure change, ultimately affecting which individual water molecules partner up with each other.
Apparently the more imperfect your tetrahedrons, the more capacity to resist heating or cooling. We expect you are the same.
The better the tetrahedron, the more order it imparts. You get that with Platonic solids.