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The uncertainty of life August 21, 2008

Posted by fetzthechemist in Uncategorized.

An interesting article in Science News that describes isotopic effects in the properties of water.


It seems that the little proton in the hydrogens of water have quantum uncertainty effects that deuterium does not show anywhere near as much due to its much larger nucleus. Bond length and bond strength differ.

 The affect on bond lengths, the strength of hydrogen bonding, even in that this might explain why solid water expands and floats on liquid water are mind boggling. Without those, the chemical processes leading up to primordal life would not have happened the way they did, or maybe even not at all. Who ever connected Heisenberg and DNA?



1. Felix - August 27, 2008

that’s pretty cool

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