IoB Seminar Series: Dr Philip Ball, Why water is weird
Date: 8 February 2017 Time: 15:00 - 16:00
All life on Earth needs water to survive. But increasingly it seems that the characteristics that make water a solvent for life are also those that make it the weirdest of liquids. Some of these quirks of ‘life’s matrix’ are well understood; others are still being debated, sometimes furiously and controversially.
I will explore what we do and don’t know about water, ending with a consideration both of how its behaviour in living cells can offer clues for new purification technologies and of whether its unique role for life on Earth makes it a prerequisite for life on other worlds.
|Location:||PP1 Lecture Theatre, People’s Palace, Mile End|
|Contact:||Dr Philip Ball|