News Release 06-056
Frictionless Motion Observed in Water
Discovery could have fundamental implications for chemistry
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Each rotating cyanide molecule creates a shock wave that throws back the surrounding water molecules, allowing it to spin for a time with essentially no friction.
Credit: Nicolle Rager-Fuller, National Science Foundation
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