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Familiar yet strange: Water's 'split personality' revealed by computer model
June 18, 2014
Using computer models, Princeton University researchers found that as water freezes, it takes on a sort of split personality wherein, at very cold temperatures and above a certain pressure, it may spontaneously split into two liquid forms. Finding this dual nature could lead to a better understanding of how water behaves in high-altitude clouds, which could improve the predictive ability of current weather and climate models.
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