Boiling water can instantly freeze

July 27, 2017
Ethical Hacking
July 27, 2017

Boiling water can instantly freeze

Hola folks! This is Ria and Shubhangi on this end, here to nerd you with our Chemistry. This is
our first hand at this, so please resist being a Chemistry Nazi!

Just kidding, we welcome all critics with carbon in their atoms and fluids in their veins to join us
on the way. And for the newbies, fret not darlings, were here to have fun as we travel from
electrons to black holes, with chemistry as our armour.

So suit up!

So for an interesting and relatable start, we picked a widely known and unknown compounddihydrogen
oxide, umm.sorry. Thats water for you. Known and unknown!? Yes, exactly our

Boiling water can instantly freeze!

If you throw boiling hot water into cold air, it will instantly freeze into snow. Doesnt sound
plausible, does it? And no we aint barmy, if thats what you think.

Everyone knows snowflakes can form when water is cold enough. Yet, if it’s really cold outside,
you can make snow form instantly by throwing boiling water into the air. It has to do with how
close boiling water is to turning into water vapor. You can’t get the same effect using cold water.

Water may have a “memory”.

If only you could borrow that, eh?

Jokes apart, some researches indicate water maintains its shape around molecules, even after
they are removed and may retain a “memory” or imprint of the shapes of particles that were
dissolved in it.

If true, this could help explain the effectiveness of homeopathic remedies, in which the active
component has been diluted to the point where not even a single molecule remains in the final

Madeleine Ennis, a pharmacologist at Queen’s University in Belfast, Ireland, found homeopathic
solutions of histamine behaved like histamine (Inflammation Research, vol 53, p 181). While
more research needs to be performed, the implications of the effect, if true, would have a
significant impact on medicine, chemistry, and physics.

Got that experimenting brain whizzing, huh?

Water has a glassy state?


What is the relation between two?

Well, heres the scientific one for you.

Water has a glassy state, where it flows yet has more order than a normal liquid.

Do you think water can only be found as a liquid, solid, or gas.

There’s a glassy phase, intermediate between the liquid and solid forms. If you supercool water, but don’t disturb it to make it form ice, and bring the temperature down to -120 C the water becomes an extremely viscous liquid. If you cool it all the way down to -135 C, you get “glassy water”, which is solid, yet not crystalline.

Aaaaaaaand our show stopper for the day:-

If you took a glass of water into outer space, would the water freeze or would the water boil?

Well this seemingly awfully tough question has an answer too.

Besides water, we need to know about space too! By space we are referring to that cold, dark, and empty void which you will reach, pretty much, as soon as you leave the Earth.

The temperature of space is, at its coldest, just the temperature of the leftover glow from the Big Bang. This radiation, known as the Cosmic Microwave Background, bathes the entire Universe in a temperature of only 2.7 Kelvin. Thats less than 3 degrees above absolute zero, or -455 degrees Fahrenheit! But theres also literally no pressure in space. So, what happens? Who wins? Does the water freeze or boil?

Oddly enough, the answer is first one, and then the other!

It turns out that having a pressure vacuum will cause the water to boil almost instantly. In other words, the effect of boiling is much, much faster than the effect of freezing.

But the story doesnt end there. Once the water has boiled, we now have some isolated water molecules in a gaseous state, but a very, very cold environment! These tiny water vapor droplets now immediately freeze (or, technically,desublimate), and become ice crystals.

So this was us giving you a teensy amount of information about a compound that can take multiple volumes of books to describe. Go ahead, do your own share of snooping around and let us know if you find any water-y gossip!

Until the next time, ta-da!;

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