πŸ₯€ Water (CCEA)


Polar Solvent
Hydrogen
Bonding
Incompressible
Density

I mean, water. What more is there to say? It’s water for crying out loud. It does cool tricks.
Take for example alphabet soup.

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In the beginning, it’s just a dry a$$ powder, overly salty, overly hard, overly dry, totally inedible and all-round disappointing. But add a bit of hot water and BAM! you have yourself a totally delicious, mind-blowingly satisfying dish.

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Same with life. It can’t just be earth. It needs water. It needs a solvent, a containment environment for its chemicals. Many of life’s basic reactions like condensation and hydrolysis rely on water being present.

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Water is to solvent as bear is to North Pole. It isΒ polar. Water is a polar solvent. I could have just said it plainly but I had to insert a ludicrous arctic animal joke. So, water is polar. Because the oxygen in water has a negative charge relative to the hydrogens which bear a relative positive charge, ions such as those found in sodium chloride (NaCl) can bind respectively to the oxygen…