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  (Source: University of Liverpool)
It could help reduce global warming by absorbing carbon dioxide

At the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, scientists announced that a new way to catch and absorb carbon dioxide is through the use of "dry water."

Dry water is a powder that looks a lot like sugar, and could be used a number of ways such as transporting harmful industrial materials safely and "jumpstarting" chemical reactions in the making of certain consumer products. It was discovered in 1968, and was seen only as a potential component for cosmetics. In 2006, it was revisted by scientists at the University of Hull in order to study its structure, and ever since, study leader Professor Andrew Cooper and his team from the University of Liverpool have studied the substance further, expanding its potential. 

Dry water is 95 percent water, even though it is a dry powder. The powder particles contain one water droplet surrounded by modified silica in each, and the silica coating stops the water droplets from combining and turning back into a liquid. 

"There's nothing like it," said Ben Carter, Ph.D., a researcher for Cooper. "Hopefully, we may see dry water making waves in the future."

The dry water powder can absorb and store gases, including carbon dioxide. The gases chemically combine with the water droplets in dry water to create what chemists define as a hydrate. Laboratory research proved that dry water is capable of absorbing over three times as much carbon dioxide as uncombined water and silica. According to Cooper and his team, dry water could help reduce global warming

There are several other potential uses for this new substance, though. Dry water has the ability to store methane, and scientists hope this can "expand its use as a future energy source." Engineers could potentially use dry water to transport deposits of natural gas. Also, dry water could speed up catalyzed reactions between maleic acid and hydrogen gas to create succinic acid, which is a raw material used to make food ingredients, drugs, and various other products. Speeding up these reactions means that manufacturers wouldn't have to stir substances together to create the reactions, which leads to a more energy-efficient and greener way of conducting this process. 

"If you can remove the need to stir your reactions, then potentially you're making considerable energy savings," said Carter. 

In addition, dry water has the ability to store liquids, and scientists hope to apply this to the storage of emulsions, which are mixtures of two or more unblendable liquids. Dry water could store these emulsions and make it safer for manufacturers to transport and store harmful liquids. 



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Went shopping....
By vortex222 on 8/30/2010 11:05:25 AM , Rating: 5
I bought some powdered water, but I dont know what to add.....




RE: Went shopping....
By BladeVenom on 8/30/2010 11:45:28 AM , Rating: 2
Add Hydrogen and Oxygen.


RE: Went shopping....
By neihrick1 on 8/30/2010 12:09:10 PM , Rating: 2
get some Instant Fire, just add water


RE: Went shopping....
By Spookster on 8/31/2010 1:31:37 PM , Rating: 2
Kill it with fire!!!


RE: Went shopping....
By Mitch101 on 8/30/2010 12:23:30 PM , Rating: 2
Dont listed to that guy he makes synthetic hairballs for ceramic cats. ;)


RE: Went shopping....
By fezzik1620 on 8/30/2010 12:53:27 PM , Rating: 5
I poured spot remover on my dog. Now he's gone.


RE: Went shopping....
By ElderTech on 8/30/2010 2:13:34 PM , Rating: 5
Here's a brief synopsis of the patent on "Dry Water":

http://www.freepatentsonline.com/4008170.html

Note that it takes 1100 C! to produce. At that level of energy required, the cost/benefit is drastically negative for almost anything. I can't imagine this being used for any bulk processes without a dramatic change in the method of production.

Also, here's a link to an old Scientific American article the speaks to the origins of this product:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=s...


RE: Went shopping....
By Mitch101 on 8/30/2010 2:18:59 PM , Rating: 5
I played poker once with Tarot cards. I got a full house and 3 people died.


Scale
By MrTeal on 8/30/2010 11:24:28 AM , Rating: 3
quote:
The dry water powder can absorb and store gases, including carbon dioxide. The gases chemically combine with the water droplets in dry water to create what chemists define as a hydrate. Laboratory research proved that dry water is capable of absorbing over three times as much carbon dioxide as uncombined water and silica. According to Cooper and his team, dry water could help reduce global warming.


How much does this cost to produce, per tonne? And how many tonnes of CO2 can each tonne of dry water sequester?
I'm not sure what these researchers have planned for production facilities, but I highly doubt that they can economically produce enough of this to even begin to impact the estimated 29 billion tonnes of CO2 in the atmosphere. You'd be better of planting a tree, at least then you end up with some lumber.




RE: Scale
By FITCamaro on 8/30/2010 12:40:35 PM , Rating: 2
That pesky common sense keeps popping up.


RE: Scale
By Kurz on 8/30/2010 2:05:29 PM , Rating: 3
Plus the ocean does a much better job anyway ;)


New form of crack
By Lord 666 on 8/30/2010 11:25:46 AM , Rating: 2
Just imagine if this dry water is infused with cocaine. I am hypothesizing that this dry water would be more effective than baking soda in delivering cocaine when smoked.

Same goes meth and all other chemicals.




RE: New form of crack
By Kurz on 8/30/2010 1:29:45 PM , Rating: 2
OMGS!!! Better smoother way of getting high!


Coming Next...
By Kakao on 8/30/2010 12:44:18 PM , Rating: 2
Coming next dehydrated water




RE: Coming Next...
By Fritzr on 8/30/2010 8:54:26 PM , Rating: 2
Dehydrated water has been available for years ... bought several tins of dehydrated water in a Paris shop back in 1962 for Christmas gifts. It is a real product that you can actually buy :P

Here is a Hoax site mention
http://www.museumofhoaxes.com/hoax/weblog/comments...

Here is the manufacturer's product info page :D
http://www.bernardfoods.com/foodservice/beverages/...


Composition of Air
By smokedturkey on 8/30/10, Rating: 0
RE: Composition of Air
By spread on 8/30/2010 6:29:03 PM , Rating: 2
No, that's not global warming. That's the composition of air.

That's like saying that an oven doesn't warm because it's made of steel. What does one have to do with the other?


RE: Composition of Air
By kyleb2112 on 8/30/2010 8:12:57 PM , Rating: 2
Tell it to Al Gore. AFTER the massage.


my $%@!
By AssBall on 8/30/2010 11:16:03 AM , Rating: 4
The dude and his team have been studying it for 4 years and now they ran out of funding, so in his next grant pitch he adds the magic words "global warming" so that he can rake in the big bucks from suckered politicians.

Why are we trying to fight against natural events that we don't even understand so vehemently? It is insane.




RE: my $%@!
By ZachDontScare on 8/30/10, Rating: 0
RE: my $%@!
By CowKing on 8/30/10, Rating: -1
what i want to know is...
By muhahaaha on 8/30/2010 3:07:46 PM , Rating: 2
can you snort this dry water stuff?




Global Warming
By ZachDontScare on 8/30/2010 3:56:38 PM , Rating: 2
How exactly does powdered water help fix a hoax?




Silica?
By EricMartello on 8/30/2010 5:37:01 PM , Rating: 2
So basically this powder is not much different from those little "DO NOT EAT" packets that are included within the boxes many electronics that are sensitive to moisture. I've never been tempted to eat a packet of silica crystals but I don't think that this would be any different if they used it in the food industry. Definitely an ass-grab for more funding and little more...




Dry Water? Try dry HUMOR.
By TheSev on 8/31/2010 8:23:56 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
"There's nothing like it," said Ben Carter, Ph.D., a researcher for Cooper. "Hopefully, we may see dry water making waves in the future."

Durr hurr hurr!




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