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V is for Vapor

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

It’s no secret, water is wacky. But considering that water is essential for life, scientists have tried to understand its odd behavior for years. For instance, when water is chilled, it gets heavier, if frozen, lighter. If supercooled at temperatures below its freezing point, water curiously remains a liquid. Beyond the fact that restaurants are celebrating the eco-badge of tap water and alkaline water is all the rage with geek-chic celebrities, what’s most exciting today are those theories, like water, that are anti-establishment by nature. One such idea introduced by biologist Jacques Benveniste is that water has a memory, a notion central to homeopathy. Although discredited by Nature magazine in 1988, today we find his research continues at his lab, Digibio, and is currently being explored by not only Dr. Emoto, author of the Messages from Water, who states that water can be vibrationally-infused with positive vibes such as thoughts or music, but also technologists who are confident that one day, if science is able to control the quantum state, water can be a powerful medium for storing information, and retrieving it. Some scientists already argue that water has proved itself capable of effects that go beyond simple chemistry, and these may imbue water with a memory. One way for this to occur is through an effect known as epitaxy: using the atomic structure of one compound as a template to induce the same structure in others. Another non-conformist idea, with consideration that the human body is approximately 70 percent water, is that biological water is a perfect transmitter of vibration, or as Dr. Mae-Wan Ho suggests, the body is a “liquid crystalline matrix” in which water enables the body to behave like a quantum network, allowing for the rapid intercommunication and coherent coordination of all biological processes. Although traditional scientists have acknowledged that cellular water is a bioactive molecule central to the formation of proteins, convincing skeptics to be open-minded remains as challenging today as it was for Galileo. Let’s just say, perhaps, water is not only stranger than we imagine, but stranger than we can.