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Help Scientists Solve an Ancient Mystery and Win $1,600

Have you ever wanted to, or at least wondered, what it must be like to discover something new?  Obviously not all of grew aspiring to be scientist, and then there are those, like me, who has always been fascinated by science, particularly physics, but I had to reconcile the fact that I am not exactly what one would call a mathematical genius.  If you ever take the time to actually think about, and I encourage you to, science, and I mean ALL science, is absolutely fascinating.  The wonder of the human mind is its ability to actually wonder.  It is inarguable that without our cognitive ability there is no way that we ever would have emerged from the caves, let alone the trees — if you subscribe to evolution.

While science has been able to solve many, many mysteries and dispel equally many superstitions, there are still some things that science hasn’t answered, and even can’t answer.  One of the things that has stumped science for millennia is something that you would think would be surprisingly simple; and that is the fact that hot water freezes faster than cold water.  It is a true mystery, wrapped in a riddle, inside an enigma; and maybe even stuffed in a burrito.

Well, now is all of us once aspiring scientists time to pitch in and help the intellectually gifted sect, and possibly win $1,600 (£1,000).  The United Kingdom’s Royal Society of Chemistry is offering that monetary reward to the commoner who can propose a plausible explanation for this age old mystery that has stumped intellectuals like Aristotle, Roger Bacon, Francis Bacon, and Descartes.  So, strap on your thinking cap, who knows you may discover the answer to this scientific conundrum, and win $1,600 dollars to boot.  Hey, you may even win a Nobel Prize before television’s “The Big Bang Theory’s” Sheldon Cooper…