Skip to comments.RSC offers £1000 for explanation of an unsolved legendary phenomenon
Posted on 06/27/2012 12:41:32 AM PDT by neverdem
It seems a simple enough question - yet it has baffled the best brains for at least 2,300 years.
Now the Royal Society of Chemistry is offering £1000 to the person or team producing the best and most creative explanation of the phenomenon, known today as The Mpemba Effect.
Competition judges will be looking for an outside-the-box, inventive submission. In addition, the format of the submission should be creative and eye-catching.
Any medium or technology can be employed to make the case, including articles, illustrations or even film.
Submissions can be based on, and reference, existing research. The winning submission will be scientifically sound, and arresting in presentation and delivery.
The public has four weeks to crack the case before a group of the world's brightest young science brains take on the challenge in London as one aspect of a special science communications meeting entitled Hermes 2012.
Fittingly, that group's bid for glory will be made in the first week of the Olympics. The sharpest international postgraduate science students will travel to England from around the globe to participate in the Hermes 2012 event.
The Royal Society of Chemistry is sponsoring this visit to the UK of the hand-picked young scientists, who will gather at Cumberland Lodge in Windsor Great Park...
(Excerpt) Read more at rsc.org ...
Oh yeah, typical, blame Heisenberg again. He’s the reason Schoedinger’s cat ran away too I suppose!
Ice floats because it is expanded water, so a block of ice is less dense than the same volume of water. No matter how many holes you drill in ice (or wood or cork or other materials less dense than water) it will float.
Concrete canoes are very thin-walled boats that have a large interior volume of air - so they are overall less dense than the water they displace. If you bore a hole and replace the air with water, it will be overall more dense than the water and it will sink.
You will note that it was the Titanic that sank not the iceberg in that collision a century ago..The Titanic replaced its volume of air with water and the iceberg was still ice.
It all makes sense now, thank you. I sincerely hope you didn’t think I was being argumentative.
Thanks again for your patience.
Didn't think any such thing. I can easily understand how it might be confusing. I had the good fortune to be forced to learn about all this stuff when I was an engineering student.
You should have seen all the trouble I had with physics...(and calculus and strength of materials...etc.)
Actually, it’s because Cold is attracted to Hot (opposites attract, remember?). The hotter it is, the more cold is attracted to it, causing it to ‘freeze’ first.
(/s) : )
“Aristotle agonized over it fruitlessly in the fourth century BC”
Oh yeah? Where the heck did he get ICE CUBES or even ICE CUBE TRAYS , or even a Freezer ? And was it a Frigidaire or Amana ?
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