Friday, August 13, 2004

Science Review: Air

In spite of being the major component of the world around us, most people don't even think about it. Air. Nitrogen, oxygen, hydrogen, and a couple other errant molecules of whatnot and whothere in each breath. Most people also don't even stop to think about the miracle of air.

Air, along with water, is one of the most castic substances in the Universe. Sure, a little bit of sulfuric acid can eat through metal in an hour or so, but it weakens. Air, given enough time, will eat through just about anything, especially when mixed with water. There's trillions of tons of it all around us, bearing down with enough force to actually keep us from exploding due to our internal blood pressure, and dense enough to actually melt carbon steel should it be travelling fast enough.

All in all, I give air a 7.8 out of 10 but it should really consider coming in more flavors.


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