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'Floating Bridge' Property of Water Found

CowboyNeal posted about 7 years ago | from the iceman-and-hydro-man-revealed dept.

Education 191

eldavojohn writes "When exposed to high voltage, water does some interesting things. From the article, 'water in two beakers climbs out of the beakers and crosses empty space to meet, forming the water bridge. The liquid bridge, hovering in space, appears to the human eye to defy gravity. Upon investigating the phenomenon, the scientists found that water was being transported from one beaker to another, usually from the anode beaker to the cathode beaker. The cylindrical water bridge, with a diameter of 1-3 mm, could remain intact when the beakers were pulled apart at a distance of up to 25 mm.'"

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Great! (4, Funny)

fmobus (831767) | about 7 years ago | (#20793509)

Now we can build 25mm bridges to nowhere!! fp?

Re:Great! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20793525)

Now we can build 25mm bridges to nowhere!!
For the miniature Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens, this is very important technology.

Re:Great! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20793541)

3rd Post

Re:Great! (5, Funny)

Mateo_LeFou (859634) | about 7 years ago | (#20793553)

Isn't the Internet made of 25mm tubes to nowhere?

Re:Great! (2, Funny)

Mateo_LeFou (859634) | about 7 years ago | (#20793977)

lol, it's official the mod system is broken.

Re:Great! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20794837)

As they say in the USA: All tubes lead to the NSA.

Re:Great! (0, Offtopic)

LBt1st (709520) | about 7 years ago | (#20793937)

How was that Offtopic? Where's my mod points when I need them? +1 Funny

Re:Great! (1)

letxa2000 (215841) | about 7 years ago | (#20794915)

The cylindrical water bridge, with a diameter of 1-3 mm, could remain intact when the beakers were pulled apart at a distance of up to 25 mm.

Uh..... I can see where that would be useful. Neat party trick, though.

I do that too (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20793531)

When people electrocute me I also jump out of my beaker.

hm (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20793535)

Like a bridge *entirely *composed *of troubled water...?

Re:hm (4, Funny)

OECD (639690) | about 7 years ago | (#20793675)

Finally! A bridge I can't burn!

Re:hm (1)

BakaHoushi (786009) | about 7 years ago | (#20794003)

This is going to set back witch hunts by generations.
Witches burn because they're made of wood.
So, some suggested we make bridges out of them.
But you can make bridges out of stone. But stone can't float, either.
So if we could see if she'd float, we'd know if she were or weren't made out of stone.
BUT WATER floats! We could be killing innocent people because they're not really witches, they're just made of water!

If only that were true (1)

Slur (61510) | about 7 years ago | (#20794349)

Sorry, but yes, you can burn this bridge too [] !

Re:If only that were true (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20794859)

That "salt water burns" article was one of the worst examples of scientific journalism on the planet in at least a month or two. Of course a high enough powered RF will split the bonds of water, but the laws of thermodynamics will never permit this to be used as a source of power. It burns and goes right back to water, and thus will always take more power to split the bonds than one gets out of burning the hydrogen.

Burning bridges? Perhaps it is (2, Interesting)

infonography (566403) | about 7 years ago | (#20795007)

If one considers that burning is a chemical change on the molecular level then what we are seeing might actually be burning.

A high voltage condition puts a lot of excess energy in the water now consider that the water molecules are being forced to break their bonds and decomposing into their component parts being hydrogen and oxygen, since they are not in contact with say Carbon in any great quantity they don't burn in what we would understand as fire. The electricity would pull off one of the atoms either a oxygen or a hydrogen atom leaving a unbalanced pair with enough of a charge to attract a stray atom of which there are suddenly a lot. So the upshot it they can only reform back into H2O and since the current is going in one direction the momentum of the breaking forms the bridge. The other way would be if forming weak molecules of H4C2 which can't hold together and break down again also along the lines of the current. Since the current is originating from one direction its natural that they are breaking along the direction of the current the motion is consistently between the two poles.

Ok, I am now officially out of crack, see you guy again once I have scored.

YES! (1)

JustinKSU (517405) | about 7 years ago | (#20793821)

We can finally build that bridge to Hawaii.

Time for a new title? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20793549)

I'm thinking Bridge *of* the River Kwai, maybe...

It's a witch! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20793555)

Burn it! Burn it!

"Spock ... to the bridge ..." (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20793561)


I RTFA for a change (5, Interesting)

way2trivial (601132) | about 7 years ago | (#20793563)

and it makes me wonder.. where they talk about the changes in water density.

IF you could find a way to change the density of water within living cells-- decrease slowly, and increase rapidly...

by oh say, 10% or more from standard...

When you decrease slowly, then cellular walls could expand to accomodate the increased volume without bursting...
now your return the density to normal (if necassary).. and before the cells recover- you freeze the cells-- and the expansion of the frozen water does not cause massive gross cellular damage.

now cyronics is much more achievable.. (of course, the voltages described do not seem condusive to application to living flesh,, but perhaps another method could be found for the same effect...)

Re:I RTFA for a change (5, Informative)

Jarjarthejedi (996957) | about 7 years ago | (#20793573)

One would imagine that, firstly, the cell walls could not take too much expansion and would likely ditch a lot of the water, secondly, that the cell walls would return to normal at the same speed as the water (if they matched the expansion, then why not the contractions?) and that, thirdly, one of the biggest cryo problems is that the water surrounding the cells become crystals and pierce the fragile cells, which this does nothing to alleviate.

Actually... (2, Informative)

moosehooey (953907) | about 7 years ago | (#20793579)

Actually the problem with freezing isn't the expansion, the cells could stretch enough to allow that. The problem is the ice crystals that tend to slice up the cells like a million tiny rasor blades. A further problem is cracking of the ice while it's going from freezing down to liquid nitrogen temperature.

Re:Actually... (2, Informative)

marshmallow soup (965581) | about 7 years ago | (#20794035)

Actually, the problem isn't the *freezing* at all -- it's the thawing. When the system thaws, the reperfusion of oxygen into the tissue causes a sudden reanimation of biological processes that most organsims are unable to handle properly. Ice crystals alone don't general cause as much of a problem as the body's reaction to that damage. (Source: some Cell articles from a year or two ago, but I don't have a citation handy. Immunohistochemistry in chipmunk brain slices, I believe.)

Re:I RTFA for a change (5, Interesting)

peterofoz (1038508) | about 7 years ago | (#20793671)

I'd be curious if this also occurs in another natural high-voltage environment - thunder clouds. Do water structures form in clouds? How does this affect hail production? I used to think that hail stones would be carried upward by winds and grow over iterations of freezing droplets, but if a high voltage causes droplets to form larger balls of water which then freeze as they drop, that would be a simpler process.

Re:I RTFA for a change (2, Insightful)

Chmcginn (201645) | about 7 years ago | (#20794181)

The static electricity in the clouds would certain be high enough voltage to do this, but I don't think it would be close enough together. In the experiment, the 'water bridge' was only able to be formed within a few mm of the anode & cathode. In the case of thunderclouds, the anode and cathode would be hundreds of meters apart.

Re:I RTFA for a change (2, Informative)

blind biker (1066130) | about 7 years ago | (#20793705)

The water in the research at hand is clean (distilled) to a high degree, to avoid ionic conductivity. The water in living cells is VERY conductive and when you use high direct voltages, does Bad Things to these cells.

Now, high grequency alternating voltage would cause no adverse effect because it would cause for the electric current to flow on the surface of the body, but that's another story, and it does not affect the fluid inside the cells (think Tesla holding a glowing gas discharge lamp in his hand).

Re:I RTFA for a change (1)

Z00L00K (682162) | about 7 years ago | (#20793741)

The problem you get with cryogenics is that the ice crystals are breaking the cell walls regardless of the amount of water in the cell, and once the cell is thawed it leaks. The cell breakage is due to the fact that cells are freezing slowly (relatively) which allows for growth of larger crystals. If a way can be found to stop the creation of large ice crystals that breaks through the cells cryogenics will be possible.

A med student's nitpick... (2, Informative)

darknys (450081) | about 7 years ago | (#20793921)

Human cells have membranes, not walls. Only plants and bacteria have walls.

Re:An engineer's nitpick... (2, Funny)

UncleTogie (1004853) | about 7 years ago | (#20794069)

Only plants and bacteria have walls.
...then what, praytell, is holding up your roof?

{couldn't resist...}

Re:An engineer's nitpick... (2, Funny)

Lemmy Caution (8378) | about 7 years ago | (#20794163)

Timbers? Girders? I don't think there's a load-bearing wall to be found here...

What's holding up yours?

Re:An engineer's nitpick... (3, Informative)

UncleTogie (1004853) | about 7 years ago | (#20794975)

What's holding up yours?

Why, an endless stack of turtles, of course...

Boring (1)

pavon (30274) | about 7 years ago | (#20793961)

Or you could increase the density of water for super-human powers, like instant brass knuckles. Although, if you wanted to preserve volume, you'd have to drink a lot of water beforehand and then expel it afterwords. You could achieve both of these by drinking some fluid that contained both water and a time-release diuretic. Also adds a nice subplot of a man caught in a self destructive cycle of addiction. They called him PubMan.

Re:I RTFA for a change (3, Funny)

kennygraham (894697) | about 7 years ago | (#20794029)

When you decrease slowly, then cellular walls could expand to accomodate the increased volume without bursting...

I don't wanna hear about your fancy new penis pump.

Re:I RTFA for a change (1)

Briareos (21163) | about 7 years ago | (#20794051)

Screw cryongenics and water - find a way to change the density of fat cells, and most plastic surgeons will go out of business...

np: Burnt Friedman - Need Is All You Love (ft. Theo Altenberg) (First Night Forever)

The Abyss (4, Funny)

gadzook33 (740455) | about 7 years ago | (#20793569)

So raise your hand if you think that was a Russian water-tentacle.

Re:The Abyss (4, Funny)

BiggerIsBetter (682164) | about 7 years ago | (#20793651)

So raise your hand if you think that was a Russian water-tentacle.
My money is on it being Japanese.

Re:The Abyss (1)

axel2501 (1083451) | about 7 years ago | (#20793733)

In Soviet Russia, water bridges YOU !

Re:The Abyss (1)

flayzernax (1060680) | about 7 years ago | (#20794211)

Funniest comment ever

Play right into their hands. (0, Offtopic)

Spazntwich (208070) | about 7 years ago | (#20793571)

At this point, does anyone doubt that dolphins are the world's true leaders, biding their time until our large network of water bridges and tubes combined with rising ocean levels due to global warming allows them to take back what was once theirs?

It's become a struggle for control. The Republicans are the dolphin elite, cleverly disguised. Take George W.: Jovial, friendly on the outside, but turn your back or threaten him and you're getting a mouthful of tiny little teeth IN YOUR NECK. Meanwhile, Hillary, leader of the lizard people and true bloodline-confirmed heiress to the Reptilian crown attempts to prevent the dolphin's plans from reaching fruition and claiming the planet as her own.

Re:Play right into their hands. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20793773)

"Bottlenose bruises, blowhole burns. This looks like the work of rowdy teenagers!"

Re:Play right into their hands. (1)

casings (257363) | about 7 years ago | (#20793919)

I would prefer to call our government a carnival. Moreover a 'tard carnival.


Re:Play right into their hands. (1)

Joebert (946227) | about 7 years ago | (#20794013)

Let's just hope the dolphins have read this article if they catch us walking towards the tank carrying severed high voltage lines.

A more accurate analogy - Ant and Grasshoppers (0, Offtopic)

transporter_ii (986545) | about 7 years ago | (#20794281)

Subject: The Ant and the Grasshopper


The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter.

The grasshopper thinks the ant is a fool and laughs and dances and plays the summer away.

Come winter, the ant is warm and well fed. The grasshopper has no food or shelter, so he dies out in the cold.

MORAL OF THE OLD STORY: Work and be responsible!



The ant works hard in the withering heat all summer long, building his house and laying up supplies for the winter. All he wants to do is be left alone. But times were hard. It seems that between federal taxes, state taxes, sales taxes, Social Security taxes, property taxes, fuel taxes, ad nausem...that the ant had too little left over to properly prepare for the future. Like most ants, he was forced to take a second job, but even with that, during a crisis, he was often forced to borrow money at high interests rates just to make it through a tough period. And getting caught back up again after he got back on his feet was almost impossible.

Ironic, because he paid such a high portion of his income out in taxes -- that were supposed to pay for the "services" he used -- the ant was hit with an extra fee for almost every service he attempted to use. There were fees to drive his car on the road. Fees to see the people whose salary was paid for by him. There were even fees to build on his own property. It seemed that every where the poor ant turned, there was someone with their hand out trying to get another piece of his income.

And, because of ever-soaring health-insurance premiums, the ant's employer was forced to drop to a cheaper insurer, which also meant his coverage was downgraded. Even with having insurance, the ant lived in fear of getting sick. And he was lucky, because many of his friends had lost their insurance all together.

The grasshoppers, however, thinks ants are fools and they all party hard all the way through college. Some grasshoppers become doctors, some lawyers, some politicians, and some go into the energy field. Other grasshoppers rise up the ranks of the military and law enforcement, while others drift upwards in labor unions.

The grasshoppers have figured out a way to live off of the labor of the ants. It is easy money and the grasshoppers party like there is no tomorrow.

The doctor grasshoppers found that they could charge huge amounts of money if the ants got sick. They found any numbers of things they could charge inflated prices for. Many broke the law and charged for things they didn't even do, while many stayed within the bounds of the law legally, while crossing the line morally. While the ants worried about making repairs to their little houses, the doctor grasshoppers had so much money that they pondered how park it in off shore bank accounts in order to avoid paying taxes. The grasshoppers knew that if they ran into real trouble, they could get their lawyer grasshopper buddies to get them off the hook.

The politician grasshoppers worked the ants for all they could, all the time proclaiming to be helping the ants. They tried their best to tighten the screws on the ants, but because some were slipping through the cracks, they installed great monitoring systems to watch the ants. It drove the grasshoppers mad to know there were ants out there that they didn't know what they were doing. They monitored their banking transactions. They recorded their telephone calls. They recorded every ant track left on the Internet. They even installed cameras in every place they could think of. Ironically, they did all of this by using money from the ants, and because that wasn't enough money to pay for it all, they borrowed money that the ant's children would be forced to pay back some day.

To make matters worse, the grasshopper king had conspired with the grasshoppers in the energy field to take over a major oil producing country. It seems the ants in that country were getting too big for their britches, so the grasshoppers wanted to put them back into their place. The price of doing so, however, was the cost of fuel for the ants going to almost 3.00 a gallon over night. While the grasshoppers in the energy field were posting record profits, our ant was worried about now having to take a third job just to make it.

Tired and not feeling well, and in debt up to his arse, the ant applied for help from his government in hopes of seeing a doctor. Now our ant didn't even think it was the governments job to provide health care, but since they had put him in this mess, he had no other choice. But as it turns out, because he worked two jobs, he made too much money for help, anyway!

With what little strength the poor ant had left, he loaded all the clips to his rifle and made his way to the tallest building in town, where he barricaded himself up on the roof and, unfortunately, began to shoot other ants. The grasshoppers called in a grasshopper-wanna-be sniper-ant named Lon Horiuchi, who promptly splattered the brains of our little ant all over a wall.

The grasshoppers held a press conference. In public they made promises to protect the other ants and not let this happen again. In private, they drank up and celebrated the actions of the little ant because it gave them an excuse to take all of the ants' guns...and when that happened, the grasshoppers would completely own the ants. Even though the grasshoppers liked to drink and party, they weren't dumb. They knew that one day the ants were going to figure out it was them they should be shooting, and that's why they had to take their guns.

MORAL OF THE STORY: Unless you are a grasshopper, YOU ARE ABOUT TO GET OWNED.

Does this explain liquid Helium's behavior? (1)

Iowan41 (1139959) | about 7 years ago | (#20793575)

Since that is liquid at superconducting temperatures, and does similar things?

Re:Does this explain liquid Helium's behavior? (2, Informative)

pclminion (145572) | about 7 years ago | (#20793599)

Given that helium is a monatomic gas, nonpolar, and far less dense than water, I would have to say... no.

Oh, and then there's the fact that we already understand superfluid helium pretty damn well.

A bridge of water? (1, Funny)

PigThief (1164035) | about 7 years ago | (#20793581)

A bridge of water? How curious. I wonder if I can walk on it... KRZZRRT!

Alternative medicine (4, Insightful)

taustin (171655) | about 7 years ago | (#20793627)

I predict we'll be seeing homeopathic "medicine" made out of this magick water within a few weeks.

Re:Alternative medicine (4, Funny)

BlueParrot (965239) | about 7 years ago | (#20793757)

Sadly the parent should be moderated insightful rather than funny.

Re:Alternative medicine (3, Insightful)

itsdapead (734413) | about 7 years ago | (#20793769)

I predict we'll be seeing homeopathic "medicine" made out of this magick water within a few weeks.

Correction - that would be homeopathic "medicine" that doesn't contain a single molecule of this magick water...

However, this is basically another way of making that amaxing wonder-drug called "placebo" which is so effective that it is the standard against which all other drugs are tested. And if the homeopath also sits you down, remembers your name from last time, gives you a nice cup of jasmine tea and has a nice sympathetic chat about your condition, how much stress you are under at work and whether you're eating properly... well, you probably stand a better-than-average chance of getting better.

Re:Alternative medicine (5, Insightful)

Rich0 (548339) | about 7 years ago | (#20793873)

You do hit on an important point - people want to be treated by people who actually seem to care about the fact that they're suffering.

Too many doctors just poke, prod, wrap it up in 3 minutes, and generally act like you're a nuiscience that they have to endure to collect their paycheck.

I know somebody who had to wait a long time to visit a specialist, and took time to write up a brief one-page history of her condition and the various treatments to date and how they generally worked out. She also wrote up a list of medications (current, ones successfully used in the past, allergies, and unsuccessful medications). She also had a log of daily diagnostic tests as well.

The doctor couldn't really be bothered to read any of it and frequently asked questions that would have been covered in the history. The answers to those questions weren't nearly as complete as what would have been found in the history as well. The doctor would suggest stuff contradicted by stuff tried in the past, which would get pointed out. Despite going around in circles a few time he still didn't bother to read the history. In the end he ordered some tests and sent her home (where she'll no doubt need to bug him to follow up).

Would it have really hurt the doctor to spend all of 3 minutes reading the one page piece of paper which was obviously extremely important to his patient? Sure, he might notice a few mistakes in reasoning, and might be skeptical about some of the patient's conclusions, but perhaps it would at least reassure the patient if it seemed like the doctor even remotely cared about whether the patient actually recovered? And maybe the doctor would improve his success rate by at least considering all the information available - maybe it would contain some clue that would shape his reasoning?

I work in IT and am often confronted with customers who have misdiagnosed the source of their technical problems. I just patiently listen to them, gather additional information, and then explain what my thoughts are and why I think they are correct. If you take the time to treat your customers as if they have a brain they will generally respect your opinions (they're coming to you for help, after all). If on the other hand you just brush them off without explaining yourself then you'll find yourself with few customers. And the medical profession is in for one heck of a shock when the voters are done with them at the rate they're currently going...

Re:Alternative medicine (0, Troll)

Joebert (946227) | about 7 years ago | (#20794089)

Sounds like she makes a career of being ill.

Re:Alternative medicine (2, Interesting)

VanessaE (970834) | about 7 years ago | (#20794745)

You know, it is possible for someone to forget a few things that are wrong with them when they're put on the spot by a doctor, or even just the usual first-visit paperwork. That she has the presence of mind to write down everything that happens, her list of medications (many hospitals explicitly request a list), and so on, says to me that she's smart enough to know how to get help. That the doctor isn't bothering to read the summary tells me the doctor is an idiot, regardless of how ill this person may or may not be.

Re:Alternative medicine (1, Interesting)

Joebert (946227) | about 7 years ago | (#20794785)

If she's ill, how can the Doctor trust the information she's provided to be accurate ?

Re:Alternative medicine (2, Insightful)

Endymion (12816) | about 7 years ago | (#20795059)

As opposed to asking the patient about the same information?

I would trust a written history before an oral one any time - at least they may have had a chance to edit out errors in the written version.

The huge ego of doctors gets in the way here...

Re:Alternative medicine (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20794277)

So, you tell this long story about your friend's semi-self-diagnosis of her problem, then you conclude with a statement along the lines of "Working in IT, I realize that most people don't know what they're talking about." If your friend didn't like the way that doctor treated her, she should find someone else. And I'll reiterate what the poster above me said, it sounds like she's a hypochondriac.

Re:Alternative medicine (1)

Rich0 (548339) | about 7 years ago | (#20795107)

Uh, this "hypochondriac" has been in intensive care three times in about a year with a recurrant life-threatening condition. Most insurance companies won't fund a week-long intensive care stay (list price of $10k/day) for somebody who reports that they get lots of headaches.

I'd just as soon not post her medical history on slashdot, but there are a dozen doctors who would readily attest that she has some serious problems.

Re:Alternative medicine (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20794715)

Your friend clearly knew enough about her medical history to have an intellegent and informed conversation with her doctor to make important treatment decisions. Whats more, she did have a paper reference, a huge plus when patients are taking 15 drugs and can't remembere their names and dosages, or even all the physicians they've seen. She didn't want that, she wanted the physican to validate her ideas about her illness by wasting their prescious few minutes together reading her musings about her medical history. This isn't how w productive doctor-patient relationship is going to work.

//Begin Rant//

Dude, you work in IT, you have the luxury of seeing your clients as slowly or as you like. On the other hand, doctors have HUGE employment and financial pressures to keep patient visits to less than 10 minutes. Often because there are at least 30 more of them to be seen that day. Don't forget they also have to write a summary of everything they did, saw, and heard with every patient so that any other doctor could take over for them if they got hit by a bus.

I work in IT and am often confronted with customers who have misdiagnosed the source of their technical problems. I just patiently listen to them, gather additional information, and then explain what my thoughts are and why I think they are correct.

Bravo, now what if your customer, complaining of a sticky keyboard secondary to a soda spill brings you in a list of all the names and CD-Keys of all the programs stored on their computer. Then they also have the make, model, and serial number of every piece of hardware in the machine. Now also bear in mind that these lists (and this often happens) are out of date by 5 years, so really they don't even have any bearing on the computer at hand at all. Do you really want to spend 5 minutes of your client's valuable time going through this irrelivant list? Yes, it might matter that its a USB keyboard, and that would have been in there, but it would have been so much simpler to ask.

The final point is that your can't trust paper. A doctor HAS to ask all the questions that the paper would have answered because the paper might be wrong. (paper: "allergic to eggs only", patient: "I just found out last month I'm allergic to drug X" which I was just about to prescribe) (paper: takes drugs X,Y,Z, patient: I take A,B,C, X, and W) You get the picture. Making a bad call because of reading a paper and not asking the patient is indefesnable in court or to a medical review board.

The doctor should have made an effort to acknowledge the paper, but unless this illness is a huge medical mystery and this is the 12th specialist the patient has seen, decyphering the patients own thoughts about their problem from medical fact can take quite a bit of time and lead to many many dead ends, costing way more time than the simple time to read.

Yes our patients have brains, and they know their own bodies way better than their doctor does, but expecting your doctor to care about the 4 different creams you've put on the wart on your toe when she or he is trying to determine why you can't feel your hand anymore is really going a bit too far. Thats why doctors will ask Trained, Relivant questions, because they are looking for specific answers.

Re:Alternative medicine (2, Insightful)

Rich0 (548339) | about 7 years ago | (#20795081)

Yes, but this wouldn't be the 4 creams she put on her foot.

This would be multiple hopitalizations (including cardiothoracic surgery in one case, minor surgey (with significant risk of complications) in another case, and intensive-care in all cases), and history with about a dozen different doctors for several different problems over the last 24 months or so. This particular specialist was a bit more tangential to her acute problems, but very relevant to her chronic problems.

And the medication history would be about 20 different prescription medications prescribed by a variety of specialists over the last few years.

And on a side note, I might prefer not to listen to somebody try to sound intelligent for 10 minutes who doesn't know what they're talking about in my line of work, but sometimes you just need to take time to gain a client's respect. There are ways of dealing with customers who repeatedly badger you, but we're talking about 5 minutes - not 45 minutes here.

In any case, when I see professionals scratch their head about why people go to chiropractors for anything other than temporary relief of acute back pains I realize that they're missing the one thing that the alternative medicine practicioners provide - the personal touch. Granted, good doctors are also probably missing the willingness to promise success with no risk of side effect - and that is a real problem with the alternative medicine crowd. However, doctors would do well to work on the personal touch and educate their patients in the benefits of science-based medicine - rather than just having an attitude that they know what is better for the patient than the patient does (which might be factually true, but the attitude really puts people off).

Message to God (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20793645)

We know your tricks, Jesus. You were generating large amounts of voltage through each of your legs. It's only a matter of time before we figure the other ones out!

Re:Message to God (1)

Z00L00K (682162) | about 7 years ago | (#20793993)

I have heard about a more mundane explanation there and that was that the sea in question actually had ice on it - probably in patches.

Or as the joke goes : Fisherman and Priest is out with a boat and suddenly the fisherman jumps overboard and it looks to the priest as if he is walking on water so the priest does the same thing and got himself submerged. The fisherman returns him to the boat and the priest asks "Are your belief so strong that you can walk on water but mine is too weak?" The fisherman replies: "No but I know where the submerged poles are that I was standing on."

Re:Message to God (4, Funny)

Belacgod (1103921) | about 7 years ago | (#20794279)

After the resurrection, Jesus goes around gathering his old Apostles. Wary of fraud, Thomas demands a test to prove that he's the real Jesus. So they go out to the Sea of Galilee, and Jesus walks out...only to find that he's sunk up to his knees. The apostles begin to disperse. Jesus asks Simon what went wrong, and Simon replies, "Last time you tried it, you didn't have holes in your feet!"

Re:Message to God (2, Funny)

c_forq (924234) | about 7 years ago | (#20794021)

They day we figure out how to make water into wine 98% of Higher education in America will cease to exist.

Re:Message to God (1)

DarkOx (621550) | about 7 years ago | (#20794137)

Well, it would have been funny, but Moses parted the Red Sea not Jesus. Its also not funny becasuse this only works with distiled water the NaCl in sea water would prevent this from working. Sorry still a miracle...but keep trying I am sure God finds your ignorance a pleasant diversion.

Re:Message to God (1)

Daniel Dvorkin (106857) | about 7 years ago | (#20794249)

Well, it would have been funny, but Moses parted the Red Sea not Jesus. Its also not funny becasuse this only works with distiled water the NaCl in sea water would prevent this from working. Sorry still a miracle...but keep trying I am sure God finds your ignorance a pleasant diversion.

Maybe you missed the whole "walking on water" part during your mandatory daily Bible study?

"Still a miracle" ... or maybe "still an ancient folktale that has about as much credibility as a record of actual events as does the Wizard of Oz."

Re:Message to God (2, Funny)

Aladrin (926209) | about 7 years ago | (#20794421)

Wait a FSCKING MINUTE! Are you saying Kansas doesn't exist?

Re:Message to God (1)

osu-neko (2604) | about 7 years ago | (#20794835)

Wait a FSCKING MINUTE! Are you saying Kansas doesn't exist?

Nope. Just a conspiracy of cartographers.

Re:Message to God (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20794253)

He was talking about the whole "Jesus walking on water" thing.

Re:Message to God (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20794679)

That's possibly the funniest post I've ever read for about 5 different reasons. Sweet, sweet irony.

Moses parting the Red Sea (1)

ffa (104185) | about 7 years ago | (#20794743)

yup. And I bet that's also how Moses parted the Red Sea. Using some sort of high voltage electricity make water do what he wanted :-)


Re:Moses parting the Red Sea (1)

VanessaE (970834) | about 7 years ago | (#20794803)

One theory says that the Sea of Reeds didn't so much "part" as reach low tide at just the right time for the Jews to cross a land bridge that was exposed. By the time the Egyptians got there, the tide had already started to rise and eventually some of them drowned.

Re:Moses parting the Red Sea (1)

osu-neko (2604) | about 7 years ago | (#20794875)

Another, more believable theory notes that the story was probably made up during the Babylonian Captivity about how the Jews had once before been enslaved but were eventually freed by the grace of God. It makes for a great tale to give hope to a displaced and enslaved people.

Re:Message to God (2, Interesting)

cno3 (197688) | about 7 years ago | (#20794965)

Sounds like a job for the Mythbusters!

Show me video! (1)

spydum (828400) | about 7 years ago | (#20793737)

I have a feeling the video would be much more interesting...

crosses "empty space" ? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20793775)

What does empty space mean here?
Was the experiment done in a vacuum, open air, or in space?

That's nothing... (1, Interesting)

Tastecicles (1153671) | about 7 years ago | (#20793789)

Given enough self-support, I can take large chunks of electrically cooled water and make bridges across two solid objects (ie riverbanks) as high as I think practical to create a passable bridge between two land masses. How long said bridge structure would last depends on environmental conditions, but I can make a substance known as Pycrete, invented during the second world war, by adding woodchip to the water as it cools, increasing its heat capacity a thousandfold and its resistance to hydrodynamic shock a millionfold. </technobabble>

Floating Bridge of water (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20793799)

This has to do with the diamagnetic principles of water. What you're essentially doing is creating a magnetic field differential and just like trying to keep two magnets apart at short distances, they attract. Conversely, when you pull them apart at 25 mm (1 inch) they separate and "lose that lovin' feeling".

Electricity? Water? Science experiment? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20793835)

Well, that explains the toaster my mom gave me for a tub toy when I was a kid.

She was trying to expand my education!

as old as the bible (0, Offtopic)

N3wsByt3 (758224) | about 7 years ago | (#20793839)

Now, thus, it turns out Jesus was just a hippy under high voltage! That would explain not only his water-walking, but also the aureole he's always depicted with.

Re:as old as the bible (1)

Tastecicles (1153671) | about 7 years ago | (#20793853)

Cue giant tit jokes.


N3wsByt3 (758224) | about 7 years ago | (#20794077)

Even if I say so myself. ;-)

But...yeah, I know it's not going to happen: too many bible-belt USA-dudes on slashdot for that. But at least they could place it under 'flamebait', then.

Make a joke about anything you want - but not about the Bible, God and Jesus! Meh.

Let me be *really* off topic now: ever noticed that, if the bible-belt twits got their way, they would be giving out fatwas of their own? There isn't really THAT much difference between fundamentalist moslims and fundamentalist christians.

I recommend hiding the electrodes somehow... (4, Funny)

Keyper7 (1160079) | about 7 years ago | (#20793859) you don't have to cope with skeptical people.

- What you said that is?
- A water bridge.
- That's bullshit.
- It's true. The water is floating between the beakers.
- Oh, really? Then I guess it's okay for me to touch to confirm it, right?
- I don't recommend that.
- I knew it. You're so full of shit.
- Okay, touch it if you want. But I wouldn't do that.
- *laughs* Yeah, I'll just touch this "water bridge" and we can't move on with our... AAHHH!!!
- *increases voltage gradually* That's for calling me a liar. Asshole.

Full Article Text (1, Informative)

echucker (570962) | about 7 years ago | (#20793903)

J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys. 40 (2007) 6112-6114

The floating water bridge
Elmar C Fuchs, Jakob Woisetschlager, Karl Gatterer, Eugen Maier, Rene Pecnik, Gert Holler and Helmut Eisenkolbl

1. Introduction
Water undoubtedly is the most important chemical substance
in the world. Many attempts have been made to measure
or calculate the structure of liquid water beyond the scale
of the H2O molecule. This is a difficult task because of
the hydrogen bonding network which itself is a subject
of various experimental and theoretical studies. It is being
held responsible for many of water's special properties and
is also the reason why water must not be treated as a simple
liquid [1, 2]. The interaction of water with electric fields has
been intensely explored over the last years, e.g. in context with
electrospray-ionization mass spectroscopy (ESI-MS) [3], but
also unusual phenomena have recently been reported, e.g. the
electric field driven self-propulsion of a water droplet on a solid
surface [4]. In this paper we report another unusual effect of
liquid water exposed to a dc electric field: the floating water
bridge. The first presentation of the water bridge was published
by the ETH Zurich via the worldwide web [5].

2. Experimental details
The set-up consists of two beakers (100 mL) filled with triply
deionized water. When exposed to a high dc voltage by putting
electrodes into the beakers, water forms a stable, cylindrical
bridge between the two beakers. For the experiments presented
herein the beakers were set on an even plane, one was fixed,
the other movable and controlled by a step motor, and both
beakers were separated by 1 mm. The beakers were filled
with triply deionized water (R = 18M&#1;cm) such that
the water surface was about 3mm below the beaker's edge.
Now one electrode was charged with 15 kV, the other was
set to ground potential. A Phywe 'Hochsp.Netzger. 25kV'
(Order No 13671.93) or alternatively a high-voltage generator
using a LinFinity SG3524 pulse width modulator was used with
a 24 nF ceramic capacitor set parallel to the electrodes. The
voltage was measured by a potential divider of 500M&#1;/500 k&#1;
to ground level. Since the voltage generators provide a limited
current output, the electric current, which was measured with
an oscilloscope, was stable at 0.5 mA. After a short electric
discharge, which was build up between the two water surfaces,
a water connection formed spontaneously between the two
beakers; the water moved up the glass walls and built a water
bridge. This effect is shown in figures 1(a) and (b).
All experiments were performed under normal laboratory
atmosphere using triply distilled water.
High speed visualization was done using a colour Kodak
Motion Corder SR-Series 1000 (Eastman Kodak Company,
San Diego, California), including a second on-board storage
and a 8-48mm zoom objective. For direct and indirect
illumination two 24 V/150W halogen lamps were used.
For visualization of high frequency density oscillations
inside the bridge a green Laser Pointer (Leadlight Technology
Inc., Tao-Yuan, Taiwan,5mWSeries GLP-C0P1-05)was used.
To record the surface temperature along the water
bridge, an Inframetrics Model 760 Infrared Thermal Imaging
Radiometer (Inframetrics, North Billerica, Massachusetts)was
used, including a 20&#9702; IR lens. Operated at a 50Hz mode and in
the 8-12&#956;m standard range, every 4 frames were averaged for
the evaluation presented in figure 2. In order to calculate the
water surface temperature from the IR emission, an emissivity
value of 0.96 was assumed for the distilled water.
For Schlieren visualization a standard Schlieren set-up
was used, including a 200mW argon-ion laser (ILT 5490, Ion
Laser Technology, Salt Lake City, Utah) operated in the
multiline mode and a 20&#215; microscope objective together
with a 12.5&#956;m pinhole as the light source. The optical
path was formed by two folding mirrors (plane, &#955;/1 surface,
80mm diameter) and two spherical mirrors (focal length
1524 mm, &#955;/1 surface, 150mm diameter) in a symmetric
optical arrangement, with a parallel beam in the test section.
The recordings in figure 3 were done using no Schlieren
stop, the Kodak Motion Corder described above and an
additional cylindrical lens (focal length 150 mm, 50mm
diameter) placed in the optical path right after the water
bridge. This additional lens was used to compensate for the
diffraction by the cylindrical geometry of the water bridge and
enabled a visualization of inner structures deflecting light in
the lateral direction.

3. Results and discussion
Almost no electrolysis was observed and the bridge did not
form, respectively; it was destroyed when ions were added to
the water or if water of higher conductivity was used. With
glass beakers of 6 cm diameter, the bridge had a cylindrical
form with a diameter of 1-3 mm. If the movable beaker was
pushed away from the fixed one, the bridge remained intact
up to an extension of 25mm if the voltage was raised to
25 kV (figure 1(c)).
When the voltage is shut off instantaneously, the surface
tension turns the bridge into a series of falling droplets.
The bridge is also highly sensitive to additional external
electric fields. When an electrostatically charged glass rod
was brought close to the bridge, the polar water molecules
were aligned due to the inhomogeneous electrostatic field of
the surface charges on the rod, resulting in an attractive force
between the rod and the bridge. This caused the bridge to bend
towards the glass rod forming a water arc.
Independent of the length of the bridge, an effective
transport of water from one vessel to the other was observed,
usually from the anode to the cathode beaker. Generally the
direction of mass transport cannot be predicted. The bridge
was stable up to 45 min but eventually broke down. This is
probably due to the heating of the water within the bridge.
Using a thermographic camera system a heat and mass transfer
between the two beakers was visible. The surface temperature
of the water was about 20 &#9702;C in the beginning (figures 2(a)
and (d)) and rose above 60 &#9702;C after 30 min of operation and
extended the bridge length (figures 2(b), (c), (e) and ( f )).
Note the different temperature scales in figures 2(d)-( f )).
The highest temperature was reached at the smallest bridge
diameter. Low frequency oscillations of the heat and mass
transfer were observed along the bridge.
While low frequency oscillations were observed using a
high speed camera system and turned out to be surface waves,
a laser illuminated Schlieren visualization revealed additional
inner structures oscillating inside the bridge at frequencies
above 3 kHz. These high frequency oscillations were also
affirmed by a green Laser Pointer focused by the cylindrical
bridge forming a light sheet which oscillated in the lateral
direction at high frequencies. In combination with a high speed
camera system the Schlieren visualization showed these inner
structures in detail (figures 3(a) and (b)).
These structures were recorded with a 10 kHz frame rate
(1/20 000 s exposure time), and every 5th image is depicted
in figure 3. In this type of visualization density gradients
deflecting a parallel light beam in the horizontal direction
became visible. The light refraction by the cylindrical
geometry of the water bridge was compensated for by an
additional external cylindrical lens. The lateral gradients
deflected the parallel light beam, forming focal spots in front
of the bridge. These spots are visible in figures 3(a) and (b) for
two different operation times after the start-up of the bridge.
Obviously, the surface waves which are likely to be caused
by the surface tension were much slower than these moving
inner structures. The high frequency oscillation of these inner
structures were probably triggered by the waviness of the
voltage supply, which is caused by the pulse width modulator,
but smoothed by the capacitor. In every experiment, first
a single inner structure can be observed, then additional
structures appear after a few minutes of operation. This
decay might be caused by the increasing temperature of the
bridge or by dust particles contaminating the water during
operation. Adding a watery solution of soap enforced this
structural decay and besides the bridge became substantially
thinner and disrupted in due course forming small droplets.
From a stereoscopic observation the focal point formed in
a parallel light beam by the lateral structure in figure 3(a)
was located in space and the gradient in the refractive index
estimated using the approximate focal length assuming a
cylindrical symmetry. Together with the Gladstone Dale
constant for water (2060 &#215; 10&#8722;6 m3 kg&#8722;1) and the Clausius-
Mosotti equation, a density change from the beaker edges
towards the centre of the bridge in the range of 7% was
found, in relation to the density of water at room temperature
(998 kgm&#8722;3). A possible explanation for this density change
is an arrangement of the water molecules to form a highly
ordered microstructure.

4. Conclusions
It is reasonable to presume that the bridge forms between
the two beakers due to the electrostatic charges on the water
surface [6] producing a 'cone-jet' as described by Hartman
and co-workers [7-9]. Using a high starting voltage and
due to the high dielectric constant of water, the electric field
concentrates inside the water arranging the water molecules
to form a highly ordered microstructure. This microstructure
remains stable after the connections forms. Wider bridges
therefore need higher voltages to obtain a stable equilibrium
between the surface tension and the ordered dipole-dipole
bonding force caused by the high electric field. Assuming
microstructures in liquid water as proposed by Head-Gordon
and Johnson [10], the high electric field could enforce
smaller intermolecular distances leading to the density change
observed in the experiments presented.
An addition of ions distorts the structure due to the
attraction between ions and water molecules. So, the build-up
of hydrospheres around the dissolved ions is responsible for
the instabilities or the break-up of the bridge in that case. Thus,
adding a surfactant leads to an enforced structural decay and
a lower surface tension. Both effects result in instability and
disruption as described above.
Due to the small-scale auto-protolysis there is a small
conductivity (R = 18M&#1;cm) and an electric current flows
through the bridge which in this case acts as a resistor and
slowly heats up, with the thermal excitation disturbing the
hydrogen bonding and enforcing decay.

[1] Stanley H E, Buldyrev S V, Franzese G, Giovambattista N and
Starr F W 2005 Phil. Trans. R. Soc. A 363 509-23
[2] Angell C A, Bressel R D, Hemmati M, Sare E J and Tucker J C
2000 Phys. Chem. Chem. Phys. 2 1559-6
[3] Wei J F, Shui W Q, Zhuo F, Lu Y, Chen K K, Xu G B and
Yang P Y 2002 Mass Spectrom. Rev. 21 158-62
[4] Gunji M and Washizu M 2005 J. Phys. D: Appl. Phys.
38 2417-23
[5] Uhlig W 2005 personal communication, Laboratory of
Inorganic Chemistry, ETH H&#168;onggerberg-HCI, Z&#168;urich
[6] Ga&#732;n&#180;an-Calvo A M 1997 J. Fluid Mech. 335 165-88
[7] Hartman R P A, Brunner D J, Camelot D M A,
Marijnissen J C M and Scarlett B 2000 J. Aerosol Sci.
31 65-95
[8] Hartman R P A, Brunner D J, Camelot D M A,
Marijnissen J C M and Scarlett B 1999 J. Aerosol Sci.
30 823-49
[9] Hartman R P A, Borra J-P, Brunner D J, Marijnissen J C M
and Scarlett B 1999 J. Electrostat. 47 143-70
[10] Head-Gordon T and Johnson M E 2006 Proc. Natl Acad. Sci.
21 7973-7

This is only one of the odd features water have. (5, Interesting)

Z00L00K (682162) | about 7 years ago | (#20793925)

Since the water molecule is asymmetrical, and can sometimes be pictured as the head of mickey mouse with the head as oxygen and the ears as hydrogen atoms it sure is intriguing already there.

And to make things worse :-) it can be formed in a large number of types of ice, not only one type. Which type depends on the pressure involved. (I don't have the exact figure about how many types of ice that exists, but I think it's at least eight.) Some types of ice has a higher density than the liquid form of water while other as we are familiar with has a lower which results in the fact that ice floats. If ice hadn't been able to float life as we know it wouldn't have formed, or at least the oceans would be a lot different since the bottom would be covered in ice.

Depending on the temperature and pressure water can change state from solid to gas or vice versa without going to the liquid phase. There is also at least one point at which the properties that separates the gas form and the liquid form ceases to have a meaning and a fourth state is entered. If I remember it correctly it appears at a temperature of about 340 degrees C. (I may be wrong)

And even if we don't think about it as such water is actually one of the best solvents around. More often we think about some petrol or alcohol when we are saying solvent, but water is also our friend here. The reason why water and oil doesn't mix is because water is a polar molecule with a positive and a negative side while the molecules oil is built on are electrically neutral. An intermediate here are alcohols (a few of them drinkable, but most of them not - or only once) where one end of the molecule is electrically neutral and friend with oil while the other is polarized and water-friendly. This means that alcohols can be used when you want to mix water and oil. In some cases it is possible to create an emulsion of water and oil too, and one of the most common is mayonnaise (which most people has been in contact with).

Sometimes the term heavy water is making it's way through the news. It is actually ordinary water - chemically speaking - which means that there is no problem if you should drink it - except that it's rather expensive. The difference is that one or both of the hydrogen atoms in the molecule has an extra neutron or two. These forms are called deuterium or tritium. The extra neutron involved means that the atoms can be fused with each other to create helium. It is possible to fuse plain hydrogen atoms too, but the amount of energy needed is much larger and not precisely what can be done in a normal lab.

At least two cases has been in movies or TV series that I know of that refers to heavy water and special properties (neither of them plausible) and the first was a humor series involving English POW:s in a German camp where they were trying to seed the idea of the wonder properties of heavy water when it comes to hair growth to a bald German. The second was that it could be used to cure cancer. (don't believe either)

Re:This is only one of the odd features water have (2, Informative)

killmofasta (460565) | about 7 years ago | (#20794233)

Good one. Very Insightfull.

The point at which water and steam are the same is a line, actulally of pressure, that goes down to its 'Triple' point. Where without a change in potential, H2O can exist in all three phases. If you increase its pressure/temprature way up, like you say to 340^o C, then all the electrons cannot attach themselves to the molicules, and the electrical properties are lost, and the gas enters the fouth state of matter called ... get ready star trek fans... PLAZMA...

Seems that some gases when exposed to electrical current, at room tempretures, when they strip their electrons off, give off diffrent wavelengths of light... so if you can arrainge them in a matrix, you have a Plazma TV/Display.

Uhh.. There is a problem with Heavy water. Really bad to drink... Particularly hard-hit by heavy water are the delicate assemblies of mitotic spindle formation necessary for cell division in eukaryotes. Regular tap water gives off neutrons too, but not in any sufficent quantity to be dangerous. Almost undetectible from the backround radiation. A molocule of heavy water is about 1 in 41 Million. so to get a gallon of heavy water, you need to process at least 4 times that amount.
Think 10 days of clean mississippi flow.

(And you did guess right about the number of types of ice. Of course there is a S.F. Book called Ice-9, but its fictional)

If you take water, as steam, and swril it around a cylinder, the heaver molocules will move to the sides, where you can siphon them off. Turns out that 90cm are about right for this. SO when a county like Iraq starts ordering up a storm of 90cm alumium tubes...

BUT, inorder to get enough water to seperate out the heavy molocules, you need an enoumus water source. In Germany, they used alpine rivers as the water source. In Iraq, you would need an extrodinarly large amount of fresh water to putify out the heavy water, and by the time the Tigrus and Euprhaties rivers reach Bagdad... the water is sufficently polluted to make it unusable for heavy water production. Now, if you had a place with heavy rainfall, little air pollution, like North Korea, you can make lots of heavy water, and of course sell it to the Iraqis.

It realy doesnt take much to figure this stuff out.

Re:This is only one of the odd features water have (1)

yoyoq (1056216) | about 7 years ago | (#20794607)

hi, i don't think thats plasma at that point. at pressures or temperatures higher than that there is no phase change between solid and liquid, but thats not plasma. you can go to solid and liquid without a phase change (no latent heat) by going around that point.

Re:This is only one of the odd features water have (1)

jbengt (874751) | about 7 years ago | (#20795129)

you're correct,
That's known as the critical point, the temperature and pressure above which there is no distinct transition between liquid and gas.

Re:This is only one of the odd features water have (1)

pepsee (6891) | about 7 years ago | (#20795003)

Good thing there aren't nine types of ice.

It Moved! It's Alive! It's Aliiiiive! (1)

littlewink (996298) | about 7 years ago | (#20794005)

Wow, OK now.

Have we discovered the origin of Life yet?

I just reproduced this (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20794063)

I just reproduced this using di water and a 5kV AC powersupply. I couldn't get a bridge as long as theirs and I had to start mine by putting the beakers close enough to arcover then dropping a starter drop of water on the arc, then the arc vanished and water spanned the gap as I increased the distance between beakers.

Re:I just reproduced this (1)

NeutronCowboy (896098) | about 7 years ago | (#20794635)

Direct current ought to work better. No silly thing like reversing the travel direction of electrons a few hundred times a second.

Surely this can't be new (3, Interesting)

ciaran.mchale (1018214) | about 7 years ago | (#20794111)

I have a vague memory that in one episode of MacGyver, the hero did something like this to redirect water from the corrupt landowner's property to nearby drought-stricken peasant's fields. He used a car battery initially to get the voltage required to create the water bridge. But when the car battery started to die, he used the water to drive a small generator (made from an empty Wite-Out bottle, some fuse wire and scuba diver flippers) that produced the electricity to keep the water bridge going. It was a great episode, even if the perpetual-motion machine was a bit far fetched.

Think water wheel. (1)

SanityInAnarchy (655584) | about 7 years ago | (#20795061)

It's not a perpetual motion machine, as far as I can tell, unless you necessarily need more electricity to make the water bridge as you'd gain from the water falling, but as long as it's going downhill, there's at least the possibility of a net power gain, right?

American beer does the same thing! (1)

brxndxn (461473) | about 7 years ago | (#20794289)

American beer does the very same thing.. /thought it was funny //is american.. drank american beer last night

Re:American beer does the same thing! (1)

Eli Gottlieb (917758) | about 7 years ago | (#20794827)

What's this American beer you speak of? I've sampled the drink they call "carbonoboozewater", but only the wealthy here seem to have any beer.

Obligatory... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20794523)

I, for one, welcome our... wait, what?

Article by Elmar C. Fuchs? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 years ago | (#20794633)

"Shhh, be vewy vewy quiet; I'm hunting high frequency oscillations."

Two words: Covalent Bonds (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | about 7 years ago | (#20794771)

So how is this magic? Wouldn't any covalent bonded molecule exhibit these properties? We're just interested in water on the anthropic principle - if it wasn't so "interesting" we'd all be dead. It doesn't mean its a magical chemical.

Does it work with alcohol? (2, Interesting)

LM741N (258038) | about 7 years ago | (#20795119)

I'm thinking of a bartenderless bar, controlled by some OS.
And I'm talking about alcohol diluted enough that its not going to become a Flaming Moe.
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