cover of January 23, 1971 issue

By the sweat of their eyebrow Science News, January 23, 1971

Polywater, or anomalous water, has provoked a continuing controversy among chemists. It is hard adequate to believe that water can presume a form as viscous as molasses and have an atomic weight a number of times that of a common particle of water … From the start, nevertheless, there were doubters, and as proponents of polywater stopped working increasingly more … in their attempts to produce convincingly large amounts of it, the skeptics began to have their innings.


Polywater vaporized when researchers confirmed that pollutants in ordinary water were responsible for the weird properties ( SN: 9/1/73, p. 133). In the years since that debunking, physicists have continued puzzling over other H 2 O peculiarities. For instance, hot water appears to sometimes freeze faster than cold water– a phenomenon known as the Mpemba impact. A study of glass beads suggests that warm items can take thermal faster ways to reach the frozen finish line first ( SN: 9/12/20, p. 16). The jury is still out on whether water, with all its complexity, behaves the very same.


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