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Dry water a reality that could save world from global warming, say scientists
news.com.au ^ | August 27, 2010 | Peter Farquhar

Posted on 06/12/2011 3:47:59 PM PDT by nickcarraway

YOUR dad just lost one of his jokes.

Powdered water – a favourite among many bad dad jokes involving improbable concepts such as flameproof matches, inflatable dartboards and glow-in-the-dark sunglasses – is now a reality.

And not only is it not funny anymore, it may also save the planet from global warming.

In science circles, it's known as "dry water" and it seems those circles have kept it to themselves for quite a while, because it was actually discovered back in 1968, then forgotten about.

It was even "rediscovered" in 2006, purely for study purpose, but it's taken a group of scientists at the University of Liverpool in the UK to find a use for it. "There's nothing else quite like it," researcher Ben Carter, said.

"Hopefully, we may see 'dry water' making waves in the future."

"It" is actually tiny droplets of of water coated in modified silica, better known in nature as sand. They make up 95 per cent of the powdered water and the silica prevents the droplets from combining and creating the liquid version.

The result is a substance that resembles fine sugar and one that has the potential to provide a lucrative return for its powerful ability to soak up gases.

That makes it an ideal candidate for research into finding ways to absord and store a greenhouse gas such as carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere, the Liverpool team told the National Meeting of the American Chemical Society this week.

In laboratory-scale research, the team found that dry water absorbed over three times as much carbon dioxide as ordinary, uncombined water and silica in the same space of time.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; Science; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: oxymoron

1 posted on 06/12/2011 3:48:02 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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just add water...


2 posted on 06/12/2011 3:50:43 PM PDT by ken21 (liberal + rino progressive media hate palin, bachman, cain...)
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an ideal candidate for research into finding ways to absord and store a greenhouse gas such as carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere

In other words, a totally useless waste of taxpayers grant money researching a technology based on a phony premise.

3 posted on 06/12/2011 3:53:46 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate "Republicans freed the Slaves Month")
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Dry water a reality that could save world from global warming, say scientists

Dry water, peaceful jihadists and sound obama economic policy. Fairytales of the 21st century...

4 posted on 06/12/2011 3:54:52 PM PDT by Caipirabob ( Communists... Socialists... Democrats...Traitors... Who can tell the difference?)
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"..and you too can own your dry water 18oz box by sending $19.95 plus tax to: Algore Drywater Inc. 5 Pennyfool Ln. Hollywood Ca.......but wait, if you call right now, we'll send you as a bonus, this luxurious Snuggee, with bedbug free slippers shipped from Mexico just least night, Just pay shipping,smuggling,and court cost....call NOW!

5 posted on 06/12/2011 3:58:16 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: nickcarraway

Save the world from WHAT??? “Global warming”?

Ain’t no such thing.

Maybe this “invention” can save us all from “climate change”, though. Giggle, giggle, snicker, snort.


7 posted on 06/12/2011 4:02:56 PM PDT by Walrus (Government abuse of taxing powers caused the FIRST American Revolution...)
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To: nickcarraway

sounds like ice 9


8 posted on 06/12/2011 4:10:15 PM PDT by hecht (TAKE BACK OUR NATION AND OUR NATIONAL ANTHEM)
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To: nickcarraway

I feel like I’m in a movie....Idiocracy.


9 posted on 06/12/2011 4:11:57 PM PDT by proudtobeanamerican1 (A house divided against itself cannot stand.” Abraham Lincoln)
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10 posted on 06/12/2011 4:12:24 PM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: nickcarraway

That Water Ain’t Wet!


11 posted on 06/12/2011 4:14:45 PM PDT by trumandogz
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How will it work for firefighting purposes?


12 posted on 06/12/2011 4:19:10 PM PDT by pingman (Durn tootin'; I like Glock shootin'!)
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To: nickcarraway

Is that like Ice-Nine?


13 posted on 06/12/2011 4:20:12 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty
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Okie dokie let’s tie up all the water on earth so that we can have a cold dry planet.


14 posted on 06/12/2011 4:21:54 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Pelosi: Obamacare indulgences for sale.)
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Steven Wright:

The other day I bought instant water.

I don't know what to add.

15 posted on 06/12/2011 4:27:56 PM PDT by Interesting Times (WinterSoldier.com. SwiftVets.com. ToSetTheRecordStraight.com.)
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And not only is it not funny anymore, it may also save the planet from global warming.

Yo, Mr. Farquhar! Riddle me this. How did Greenland come to be known as Greenland when 90% of it is covered with ice?

16 posted on 06/12/2011 4:29:53 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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Mr. Farquhar, please note the date in the upper right hand corner.

It appears we may have over-corrected.

17 posted on 06/12/2011 4:31:27 PM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: nickcarraway

Maybe it would work as a soil additive for dryland farming, if this whole ‘global warming’ thing doesn’t work out for its very vocal priests, priestesses, and holy eunuchs.


18 posted on 06/12/2011 4:33:49 PM PDT by OldNewYork
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To: Doogle

Ban dyhydrogen monoxide now !


19 posted on 06/12/2011 4:54:37 PM PDT by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: nickcarraway

We slowed the Gulf Stream down to cool those complaining Brits off, and look at them—still complaining about global warming. ;-)


20 posted on 06/12/2011 5:05:43 PM PDT by familyop (Shut up, and eat your brains!)
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We are messing with nature trying to solve scientifically a problem that does not exist i.e. the GW supposedly caused by CO2. We may just solve that problem, may just figure out how to reduce the CO2. But we know that CO2 levels rise before temperatures rise. So the CO2 does not cause the rise. So what is the effect of removing substantial CO2 from the atmosphere besides reducing the amount of food we can grow pretty drastically. There will be other effects that are, of course, not foreseen. Then we will have a huge new “condition” that will even more urgently require omnipotent government to solve the new far worse problems and create thereby even worse ones.


21 posted on 06/12/2011 6:28:38 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's "Economics In One Lesson.")
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And not only is it not funny anymore, it may also save the planet from global warming.

Global warming isn't funny any more, either. Especially since we stopped having summers.

22 posted on 06/12/2011 6:57:06 PM PDT by Talisker (When you find a turtle on top of a fence post, you can be damn sure it didn't get there on its own.)
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If these idiots ever succeed in sucking up CO2 they could kill billions of people and even more animals from plants dieing. We are at around 350 ppm now if we drop down to 250 ppm plant growth slows to a crawl


23 posted on 06/12/2011 11:51:13 PM PDT by Steve Van Doorn (*in my best Eric cartman voice* 'I love you guys')
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