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Surface tension permits the water strider to walk on the surface of water.
  physics:  some insects can walk on water because of this water/air boundary created by the attractive forces between water molecules
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Surface tension also keeps water from evaporating more quickly.
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  • Surface tension permits the water strider to walk on the surface of water.
  • As a gas it exhibits surface tension and viscosity, like mercury.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • She filled the pan very carefully, so full that the water bulged slightly above the rim, kept from spilling by its surface tension.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He had a tightrope walker’s feel for the land beneath him-its surface tension, the give and take of things.
    Tim O’Brien  --  The Things They Carried

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  • Lemry gazes toward the side wall, and I see surface tension holding a tear.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes
  • It was those impurities, not the basic process, which caused an unexpectedly low surface tension for its temperature.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • So much he knew about water, about its freezing, its surface tension, its turbulence and flow; he once explained to her about eddies, and how they broke away in certain alternating patterns as they drifted downstream.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • The surface tension of even highly heated iron is just too high.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
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Associated words [difficulty]:   surface tension [8] , viscosity [6] , laser [1] , entropy [4] , Mach [5] , speed of light [5] , half-life [6] , thermodynamics [6] , viscosity [6] , convection [7] , electron microscope [7] , induction [7] , conduction [8] , specific heat [8] , Boyle’s law [9] , absolute zero [9]
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