New form of water

Water is not only essential for life as we know it, it presents countless anomalous properties that even the hardiest of chemist struggles to explain at times. Now, an entirely new form of water has been discovered lying between liquid and vapor phase when hydrophobic compounds are added to the mix. Given water's critical place in life, understanding its intriguing behavior in such situations is important to understanding life itself and the stuff from which it is made, the proteins and other biomolecules. Researchers at Purdue University used Raman scattering and a novel multivariate curve resolution to boost the signal to noise ratio in their analysis to reveal the new form of water.