The weirdness of water could be the answer | Marcia Barbosa | TEDxCERN

  • Published on Oct 23, 2014
  • This talk was given at a local TEDx event, produced independently of the TED Conferences. Just because water covers 70% of the earth’s surface and composes the majority of our bodies doesn’t mean we know everything about it. Marcia Barbosa talks about the many anomalies of water and how exploiting them with nano-tubes could help address the problem of freshwater shortages.
    Marcia Barbosa has a PhD in physics from Brazil’s Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, where she is now the director of its Physics Institute. She studies the complex structure of the water molecule, and has developed a series of models of its properties which may contribute to our understanding of how earthquakes occur, how proteins fold, and could play an important role in generating cleaner energy and treating diseases. She is actively involved in promoting Women in Physics and was named the 2013 L’Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards Laureate for Latin America.
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Comments • 1 096

  • Redblade
    Redblade Hour ago

    Is she talking to a class of 3-year-olds?

  • Sherlock Jones
    Sherlock Jones 2 hours ago

    I have heard many differing estimates regarding total water content in the human body. I would like to find the studies and methods used that determine the figures.

  • John Roberts
    John Roberts 8 hours ago

    Excellent Video, Thank you.👍👍👍.

  • Folkert Cornelis
    Folkert Cornelis 20 hours ago


  • Chas Leask
    Chas Leask 21 hour ago


  • truth betold
    truth betold Day ago

    B==D yes more ......... tell me more B====D

  • TruthBeTold
    TruthBeTold Day ago

    This woman is weirder that water!

  • D Max
    D Max Day ago

    Desalinization requires pressure from power driven pumps, doubtful that nanotubes would alleviate the energy costs of desalinization plants in Saudi Arabia and the like.
    The beetle in the presentation performs its water gathering task during the early morning when the dew point is most active. That collection method is insufficient and dependent on seasonal weather conditions. The practical application would require a significant surface area, as well as, requiring a high volume of moist air to be moved through her theoretical substrate (high energy costs) vs already available condensation methods. Food for thought, I guess...

  • Augur Cybernaut
    Augur Cybernaut Day ago

    Uuuuuh I see the hidden party lush

  • Black Opal
    Black Opal 2 days ago

    So nanotubes are an extraordinary scientific development that will solve the water crisis. And a model presented to you one random night around the same time as this discovery, by a beetle's natural systems is just a side thought? Because the first age old problem that was solved by science didn't quite cover everyone? lol Something's missing here...… Nanotube distillation for desalinization seems cool, but it's still distillation which we do, but is not cost effective, are nanotubes, idk, but if they make it more affordable, that's great. The thing about affordability is that it becomes irrelevant when you have no water...…
    I have always wondered why there are not thousands, millions of square kilometers of floating 'beetle' grids on the ocean feeding the freshwater back to land for free. Seems very obvious.
    In any case, I hope it all works cz I live in Canada, we have half the world's freshwater.... I have been expecting an invasion soon, haha

  • Raymond ________
    Raymond ________ 2 days ago

    Thank you,Marcia.
    Brilliant if it works.

  • Geodin YERKOBO
    Geodin YERKOBO 3 days ago +1

    Smart, Passionate, Enthusiastic, and Lovely. Keep it up.

  • Bradley Anderson. LivinG WateR.

    water is memory for also has emotion..

    ASHOK KURIAN 6 days ago

    What a great teacher !!!

  • Richard King
    Richard King 8 days ago

    It's too bad you can't get somebody who is easy to listen to to do this presentation

  • ST O RM
    ST O RM 8 days ago

    Love stupidity because it can be eradicated

  • Randal Christensen
    Randal Christensen 11 days ago

    i lov her

  • Lili G
    Lili G 12 days ago

    Just did a quick search for water made from air... The technology already exits, with simpler designs. So nano tubes is a better solution?

  • John Davis
    John Davis 13 days ago

    Absolutely brilliant

  • Qwiet Ryott
    Qwiet Ryott 13 days ago

    Amazing Articulate Amazon *sigh*

  • Elton Ron
    Elton Ron 14 days ago +2

    Water. The key of life, and one of the premier scientific proofs of an intelligent design, i.e. God.

  • frank x
    frank x 14 days ago +1

    Its tracy ulman in a rubber mask.

  • J Liz
    J Liz 15 days ago

    I’m thirsty all of a sudden 💧🌧💦🥤

  • Nev
    Nev 15 days ago +1

    2/3 of our bodies are made of electrolytes not water.

  • MysteriousOklahoma
    MysteriousOklahoma 16 days ago +2

    Still thinking of the potential of waters natural ability to form a could that be utilized here?

  • Don Gabo
    Don Gabo 17 days ago

    holy sh*t!

  • Carlos Loff
    Carlos Loff 17 days ago

    Really Human, instead of saving what we have let's plunder elsewhere, very Human

  • donal oloughlin
    donal oloughlin 18 days ago

    i should have read the comments first

  • Lee Johnson
    Lee Johnson 18 days ago

    What's weird is how a person could be an expert on water and yet barely able to enunciate it.

    • Jms Fabrication
      Jms Fabrication 16 days ago +1

      @Lee Johnson No problem Lee. I usually pride myself on my writing/grammer. As part of my job I write Test Reports, and always try to get the grammer right. For some reason I just wasn't paying much attention this time. But, it is only RU-clip. :)

    • Lee Johnson
      Lee Johnson 16 days ago

      @Jms Fabrication Actually I agree with you on just about everything. I just saw an opportunity to be a grammar nazi/a****** and took it. My apologies. Hope you're having a great day.

    • Jms Fabrication
      Jms Fabrication 16 days ago

      @Lee Johnson Oh boy, you got me! I'm just a terrible person for asking how "good" do you speak, instead of how "well". Ok... Guilty as charged!
      Still... My comment looks like Shakespear compared to most of the drivel I see regularly posted on RU-clip!

    • Lee Johnson
      Lee Johnson 16 days ago

      @Jms Fabrication I'm sure you mean how well do you speak Portuguese? Proper grammar .You should try it sometime

    • Jms Fabrication
      Jms Fabrication 16 days ago

      @Lee Johnson She's from Brazil. How good do you speak Portuguese?

  • Aslan Guseinov
    Aslan Guseinov 19 days ago +1

    Take fluorides out of our water! It is toxic poison!

  • 1 wordhere 1wordthere
    1 wordhere 1wordthere 20 days ago

    Wrong ! She doesn't like water look at her hair

  • Raditya Oe
    Raditya Oe 24 days ago

    She says water is weird? How about her. Haha jk.

  • NickyBeYondo
    NickyBeYondo 24 days ago

    eh... I would her

  • Anurag Singh
    Anurag Singh 24 days ago

    Drinking water, ocean water now memory water too 😂Amazing we are.

  • Peppe .J
    Peppe .J 26 days ago

    Amazingly bad english..

  • Cyber Doomgirl
    Cyber Doomgirl 27 days ago +3

    Look at these legs.

  • Brendan Coles
    Brendan Coles Month ago


  • Brendan Coles
    Brendan Coles Month ago

    love the accent too

  • Frank Dalla
    Frank Dalla Month ago

    Was your Daddy a pirate?

  • Dan Jones
    Dan Jones Month ago

    Thorium MSR is the answer

  • Ibrahim Pawanteh
    Ibrahim Pawanteh Month ago +1

    The entire "vacuum" of Space is filled with water in the Superfluid phase.

    • TyroPro
      TyroPro Month ago

      Are you frickin' sure?

  • Rahnoren Thule
    Rahnoren Thule Month ago

    Great presentation and presenter. Water is divine.

  • jeroen Zijlstra
    jeroen Zijlstra Month ago

    Thank you mother nature.

  • Angel Whaaatt!
    Angel Whaaatt! Month ago

    Just distill it

  • A J
    A J Month ago

    Very nice.

  • Kevin Morrissey
    Kevin Morrissey Month ago +1

    What about radiation microfiber in water not to mention uncontrollable fungus and virus

  • L Bear
    L Bear Month ago

    That is all good that they may be able to develop a technic to draw water from moist air, Fantastic but the minute they develop it, insane ambition and the love of money takes precedence and makes the problem persistent. Humans are bound to suffer under this system of things!.

  • Ricardo Granja
    Ricardo Granja 2 months ago

    If this person could not captivate an audience, no one can. The perfect teacher.

  • Anwi S
    Anwi S 2 months ago

    👏 wonderful presentation

  • kaellavlogs
    kaellavlogs 2 months ago

    Too much hate in some comments

  • Percy Elgar
    Percy Elgar 2 months ago

    We don't even know for sure where did the Earth's water come from!

  • Percy Elgar
    Percy Elgar 2 months ago

    I have powdered water for camping. One sachet makes four litres. Just add...

  • Jeff Oregon
    Jeff Oregon 2 months ago +3

    She is wildly weird like water, and I like that! Great job.

  • Tracy Rosellini
    Tracy Rosellini 3 months ago

    She is very irritating, I really like the subject but she is just like nails on a chalkboard.

  • Guillermo García
    Guillermo García 3 months ago

    the best actually in 1.25X playback speed

  • Sai S
    Sai S 3 months ago

    She’s speaking weirdly slow.

  • Mike Penna
    Mike Penna 3 months ago

    Got your covalent vs ionic bond properties backward thanks

  • Hak Yolcusu
    Hak Yolcusu 4 months ago

    Then what about the nuritient minerals? I am not sure that you can get them from air directly.

  • Cristiane Fontana
    Cristiane Fontana 4 months ago

    Marcia is great! Such a wonderful scientist, with a promissing research to help humanity!

  • PrivateSi
    PrivateSi 4 months ago

    What a talk!

  • fozia masood
    fozia masood 4 months ago

    Awesome talk ! It has a very good subject and it taught me a lot and the importance. But why do people notice these things such as the clothing style whatnot. Any way thanks Marcia and TED

  • Sarah K
    Sarah K 4 months ago

    I never cease to be amazed by water!

  • Toughen Up, Fluffy
    Toughen Up, Fluffy 5 months ago

    How many 'Muricans can give a TED talk in a language that isn't English? Desvaneciéndose pocos.

  • Jones senoJ
    Jones senoJ 5 months ago

    🤣 that's a MAN baby 😂...

  • Hassan Mabsout
    Hassan Mabsout 5 months ago

    Hundred billion $/ liter as usual for us.
    That's you the civilised world

  • shawn bla
    shawn bla 5 months ago

    I appreciate that she is trying to be funny ❤️

  • Patrick Boudreau
    Patrick Boudreau 5 months ago

    Toot tir'd of hour botty is watter !

  • Jose Luis Borrageiro
    Jose Luis Borrageiro 5 months ago

    Scientists say that the most abundant Element in the Universe is Hydrogen. The name "Hydrogen" was given to the Gas Element way back in 1783 by Antoine Lavoisier. The most Hydrogen is found in Stars and the Sun. Planets like Jupiter also have large percentages of Hydrogen.
    The part that boggles my mind, is.. How did Saint Peter know that the heavenly bodies and the Earth was formed out of WATER 2000 Years ago? (H2o=Hydrogen2Oxygen/ 2 Peter 3 Verses 5 to 12) and by WATER (Holy Spirit/ 1 John 5 Verses 6 to 12). Saint Peter was only a fisherman and a Holy Disciple of JESUS. Saint Peter was no Scientist and he did not have any Telescope? The Telescope was only invented in 1608! How did Saint Peter know about "heavenly bodies" or planets made out of Hydrogen, an Element present in WATER, without a Telescope?
    The first Telescope was firstly invented in 1608 by Hans Lippershey and used by Galileo Galilei the Astronomer. So how did Saint Peter know about "heavenly bodies" (Planets), 2000 years ago???????
    Scientists, who actually many of whom are Atheists, are actually proving the Holy Bible to be True. The only way Saint Peter could've known these things 2000 years ago, is that Almighty God, the Holy Spirit of YAHWEH showed it to Him. The same Holy Spirit of the Father YAHWEH that was in Our Lord JESUS Christ.
    The importance of *WATER* in The Holy Bible. 1) Exodus 19 Verse 9: The Lord said to Moses, "I will come to you in a thick *CLOUD* (WATER), so that the people will hear me speaking with you and will believe you from now on."
    2) Exodus 13 Verse 21: During the day the Lord went in front of them in a pillar of *CLOUD* (WATER) to show them the way, and during the night he went in front of them in a pillar of *FIRE* (HYDROGEN is FLAMMABLE) to give them light, so that they could travel night and day.
    3) Deuteronomy 28 Verse 12: The Lord will send *RAIN* (WATER) in season from His rich storehouse in the sky and bless all your work.
    4) 2 Esdras 6 Verse 17: When the angel Uriel said this to the Jewish Prophet Ezra, Ezra stood up and listened, "I heard a voice that sounded like a roaring *RIVER* (WATER)." It said, "The Time has near when I will come to judge the people living on Earth."
    5) Matthew 17 Verse 5: The Transfiguration: While Peter was talking, a shining *CLOUD* (WATER) came over them, and a voice from the CLOUD (WATER) said, "This is my own dear Son, with whom I AM pleased- listen to Him!".
    6) John 19 Verse 34: One of the soldiers, however, plunged his spear into JESUS' side, and at once BLOOD and *WATER* (HOLY SPIRIT of YAHWEH) poured out.
    7) 1 John 5 Verses 6 to 12: The Witness about Jesus Christ: Jesus Christ is the one who came with the WATER of his baptism and the BLOOD of his death. He came not only with the WATER, but with both the WATER and the BLOOD. And the Spirit himself testifies that this is True, because the Spirit is Truth. There are three (3) witnesses; the Spirit, the WATER, and the BLOOD; and all three give the same testimony. We believe man's testimony; but God's testimony is much stronger, and he has given this testimony about his Son. So whoever Believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his own heart; but whoever does not Believe God, has made him out to be a liar, because he has not Believed what God has said about his Son. The testimony is this: God has given us eternal life, and this life has it's source in his Son. Whoever has the Son has this life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. 8) Revelation 1 Verse 7 and 8: Look!, He is coming on the *CLOUDS* (WATER). Everyone will see Him, including those who pierced Him. All peoples on Earth will mourn over Him. So shall it be!
    I AM the first and the last, the alpha and omega," says the Lord God Almighty, who is, who was, and who is to come.

    The NAME of God:
    John 17 Verses 11 and 12: JESUS was praying for his Disciples and said, "Holy Father! Keep them safe by the power of your NAME, the NAME you gave me, so that they may be one just as you and I are one. While I was with them, I kept them safe by the power of your NAME, the NAME you gave me."
    JESUS is LORD and GOD. Amen!!!

  • Dawit Bezabih
    Dawit Bezabih 6 months ago

    She is amazing.

  • Pedro Sanchez
    Pedro Sanchez 6 months ago

    Her nipples are hard, just saying

  • Tam Bell
    Tam Bell 6 months ago

    Water you talking about? 🤗🤗🤗🤗

  • MaxBrix
    MaxBrix 6 months ago

    When she talks all I think about is linguistics and cultural and personal attitudes about accents.

  • Betty Hancock
    Betty Hancock 6 months ago


  • Iva Lee
    Iva Lee 6 months ago

    I wish i could have understood her better

  • Man in a Van.
    Man in a Van. 6 months ago

    Also: there would be a derivative business from this process: nano tube separated, genuine, holistic, natural, organic, premium Sea Salt.
    Also: is there a nano tube filter for separating out all the Gold that is famously in sea water?
    That would be an even better business than the Salt!

  • Kelvin Bellrose
    Kelvin Bellrose 6 months ago

    Very well spoken presentation, accent, not sure where from, but intriguing, content interesting, nipples perky.

  • yogendar sharan
    yogendar sharan 6 months ago

    You need use some different word than weird for water , weird does not sound right for life source matetial , water has memory , its remember every contact its come to , it has feelings , if you give bad look to glass of water and drink it , it will behave different than if you give a sweet look to glass of water , by th way , thanks for your knowledge . Thanks

  • Radha Krishna Ramagiri
    Radha Krishna Ramagiri 6 months ago

    Wow, I would like to buy that nanotubes

  • Sasha Z
    Sasha Z 6 months ago

    I like this lady :D

  • Shubham Sharma
    Shubham Sharma 6 months ago

    Thank you so much maam.

  • Aurobindo Ghosh
    Aurobindo Ghosh 6 months ago

    why is she getting wet?

  • Dale Sandretzky
    Dale Sandretzky 6 months ago

    Planet Aqua !

  • ___zak Worldstar Biochar

    Existentially dope

  • James Arthur
    James Arthur 6 months ago

    Judging by her nips, water really gets her excited. LOL!

  • Brad Holkesvig
    Brad Holkesvig 6 months ago

    2 Peter 3: 5 They deliberately ignore this fact, that by the word of God heavens existed long ago, and an earth formed out of water and by means of water,

  • Rigz zgiR
    Rigz zgiR 6 months ago

    I ❤ Nano Toobs!

  • bfree417
    bfree417 6 months ago

    Shes awesome

  • Moses Bradford
    Moses Bradford 7 months ago

    Thank you !!!

  • Helene McGreevy
    Helene McGreevy 7 months ago

    Nature has the answer. We need to catch up.

  • martin smith
    martin smith 7 months ago

    What about Ultrasonic desalinization?

  • YesPapa coloring
    YesPapa coloring 7 months ago

    She could use some water with shoap in her head

  • Casual Acquaintance
    Casual Acquaintance 7 months ago

    She says water 472 times too many..

  • MGTOW Lifestyle
    MGTOW Lifestyle 7 months ago

    Love nano tubes

  • Gérard Lefrançois
    Gérard Lefrançois 7 months ago

    The word water is no water. We dont know what is water. We only invented the word to identify the thing water.

  • LoveAndPeaceOccurs
    LoveAndPeaceOccurs 7 months ago

    Thank YOU very much Marcia Barbosa (and everyone who got this video here). You are the first person who has helped me to feel more confident that we will have clean water in the future. Love & Peace to All

  • Slartibartfast
    Slartibartfast 7 months ago

    I found it very difficult to understand what she was saying, in fact I understood very little of what she said.
    Did she start to talk about water from air at the end?

    • Snasten Gridge
      Snasten Gridge 19 days ago

      Slarty, you made all the fjords, didn't you? They've got water in them! I will try to get a babel fish for you to put in your ear, then you will be able to understand what everyone is saying! 😊

    • Tubemanjac
      Tubemanjac 7 months ago +1

      Just turn on subtitles at the bottom right of the picture screen and you'll be re-leaved.

  • Naimul Haq
    Naimul Haq 7 months ago

    There are 70 anomalies of water, there are countless properties of the 70 anomalies. property of diluted homeopathic medicine to cure diseases is one, while our metabolism employs many other. Water have memory and can respond to our thoughts. Great talk by Marcia.

  • Wizdigo
    Wizdigo 7 months ago

    There will never be an end to fresh water, just like there will never an end to gas, or fuel, and the list GOES ON.
    This is a SATANIC LIE to fuel to the masses of *FEAR MONGERING* to make us believe that there is a limitation and a possible end to our resources... It is a LIE; a LIE ruled by FEAR.
    You know what else is a LIE? Our "Income Tax"! Our income tax is *NOT a LAW*... it is an *Act.* Watch Aaron Russo's - "Freedom to Fascism" for the truth on that!

  • Shaswat
    Shaswat 7 months ago

    Okay. Let's do it witch style.

  • Omar I.
    Omar I. 8 months ago

    Great job!!!