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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeSeb View Post
    I think you should be angry about the hydrogen-bonding tendency of the water molecule, which has caused its freezing point to be far above that of non-polar molecules of similar molecular weight....
    Hmmm, without that hydrogen bonding, a bunch of biological processes don't work. So, without hydrogen bonding, none of us would be here.

    Lets call it a tie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nigel View Post
    Hmmm, without that hydrogen bonding, a bunch of biological processes don't work. So, without hydrogen bonding, none of us would be here.

    Lets call it a tie.
    Not a bad tradeoff, Nigel!

    For some reason, though not much stuck with me from chemistry classes, I was always fascinated with hydrogen bonding--how it accounted for so many physical characteristics of molecules.

    Water wouldn't be a liquid at room temperature without it, since most other substances with a similar molecular weight are gases. Fascinating.

    No question, we aqueous humans wouldn't be around without it. Nor much of anything else as we know it.
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