Water’s new look…well, maybe.
According to a post on the blog of the Discovery News website, there may actually be a new form of water on the verge of discover. As students, we were taught early on that matter comes in four different forms: solid, liquid, gas and plasma. According to this blog post however, water, given the right circumstances can retain its liquid for in sub-32 degree Fahrenheit (0 degree Celsius) temperature.
Yet, this theory has yet to be witnessed or proven in nature. In fact, the article only refers to computer modelling of the supposed phenomenon. As the post says, “laboratory equipment isn’t sensitive enough to observe the rapid transformation from regular liquid water to the fourth form.”
My question is, “how can you propose a scientific hypothesis without the ability to objectively prove it?” Is it actually or technically scientific to explore this idea in a serious manner without any evidence that the phenomenon is capable of being exhibited in nature and not just in a computer’s modelling algorithm? What are your thoughts? Is this worth exploring?