The Dipolar Molecule Water – Mickey the Dipole

[caption id="attachment_16242" align="alignright" width="440"] The bent water molecule manifests uneven charge distribution. Image by Qwerter CC-by-SA 3.0.[/caption] Mickey the Dipole? Everyone knows H₂O is the chemical formula for water. H stands for hydrogen. O stands for oxygen. The water molecule is made from two atoms of hydrogen and one atom of oxygen. Hydrogen atoms have one proton and one electron. Ordinary oxygen atoms have eight protons and eight neutrons and eight electrons. For the purposes of this discussion, we can forget the protons and the neutrons. Oxygen has a thirst for electrons. Hydrogen is "happy" to give up its electron. The reaction of hydrogen with oxygen (each of which exist as a pair) is, 2 H2 + O2 → 2 H2O The hydrogen parts are positive (H⁺). The oxygen part…
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Why Some Boiled Eggs Don’t Peel Right

[caption id="attachment_3204" align="alignright" width="440"] Eggs: Microsoft Clipart[/caption] What's the matter with boiled eggs? It looks like one egg should be as good as another, right? So what makes them different? You put a pot of water on to boil. When it finally reaches a boil, you add some ordinary chicken eggs to make egg custard, deviled eggs, egg salad, or just individual "hen fruits" to munch on with a free sprinkling of sea salt and a little cracked pepper. But... Problem Peeling Boiled Eggs? You experience a problem when you go to peel them. Why don't your boiled eggs peel right? In fact, sometimes they do, and sometimes they don't. Why not every time? Anatomy of an Egg Within the eggshell lies more than just a white and a yolk.…
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