Dipl. Ing. Dr. techn. Horst Felsch, Chemist, A 6391 Fieberbrunn, Austria
The title immediately raises a number of questions:
how can water store information?
what special molecular structure enables it do this?
does water occupy an exceptional position in nature?
why is water essential for all biological life?
FIRST AN INTERESTING EXPERIMENT
If a patient wants to have his small intestine medically examined, then there are basically two methods: in the endoscopic method a flexible probe with a small camera on the end is introduced into the evacuated intestine. The doctor can find out about the state of the intestine directly by looking at a screen.
In the slightly older method, that of radiological examination, it was necessary for the patient to swallow a contrast medium, usually a barium sulphate suspension.
This suspension was made by stirring a certain quantity of solid barium sulphate into water and the patient drank 1 litre or more of this mixture. Radiological filming the...