Mysteries of Water Solved in New Study

The discovery could have profound implications for science.
Silvana Lima of Brazil rides a wave during practice before the WSL Founders' Cup of Surfing. Surface tension, which lets waves hold their shape, is one of water's many anomalies.
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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

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