Why does water have to be so weird?

Why doesn’t this sink? (Photo by Ansgar Walk, licensed under Creative Commons)

In this episode, a question from listener Freddie – “What’s heavier, cold water or hot water?” – leads Lily and Lloyd into a discussion about why water is so important for life on Earth.

With help from Elle Bethune from the UK Centre for Astrobiology, Lily explains how water’s weirdness helped life to form on our planet, and how it could help to create life on other planets in the universe.

Credits: Produced by Lily Shepherd. Featuring Elle Bethune. Podcast theme written exclusively for us by Ben Vize (@benvizemusic on Instagram).

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