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Name: Tony G.
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Age: 40s
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Date: October 2002

Is it possible to temporarily or permanently change the properties of water using a magnet? If so, how would the change be observed?

On the macroscopic scale using magnetic fields that are readily available, the properties of pure water are not affected significantly by a magnetic field. Since light at all its wavelengths is an oscillating electromagnetic field, then one could say that the infrared and very short wavelength radiation does interact with water. However, I am assuming that what you are referring to is a permanent magnet like you might find in a hardware store.

Vince Calder

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