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Seeing Double

A scientist solves an H2O mystery with profound implications for science




DESPITE OUR UTTER DEPENDENCE ON IT, WATER IS A mystery. Scientists don’t understand why it expands as it cools, why hot water turns to ice faster than cold water or its extraordinary surface tension, which allows it to cling to soil and support insects. “It’s almost like water is trying to hide its secrets,” says John Russo, a mathematician at the University of Bristol in England, who thinks he may have figured one out.

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