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Vol 441|18 May 2006 RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS
 

Summary: Vol 441|18 May 2006
RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS
PHYSICAL CHEMISTRY
Water'stangledweb
Proc.NatlAcad.Sci.USA
doi:10.1073/pnas.0510593103 (2006)
Do water molecules weave webs or just spin
threads? The traditional picture of water
has each molecule linked, on average,
tetrahedrally to four others in a hydrogen-
bonded network. But this model was
challenged two years ago by spectroscopic
measurements suggesting that the molecules
have on average only two hydrogen-bonded
neighbours, linking them in chains.
Using X-ray scattering, which probes a
wide range of length scales, Teresa Head-
Gordon and Margaret Johnson at the
University of California, Berkeley, now offer
a conciliatory resolution to the controversy.

  

Source: Anderson, Robert P. - Department of Biology, City College, City University of New York

 

Collections: Environmental Sciences and Ecology