Something strange happens when you expose ice to an electrical fieldEsther Inglis-Arkell2/23/12 10:20amFiled to: ExperimentsPhysicsElectricityIceScienceSci291EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkA weird thing happens when ice freezes under the influence of an electric field. It turns out that electricity can make water strangely attractive. Yes, that was a pun. Proceed with caution.One of the fun things about science is the many times you scoff at something being impossible, like say, lasers being able to erase metal from x-ray scans, and end up being a fool who was completely wrong about everything. A student in the UK wrote in to a physics site, asking if, since water molecules had a positive and negative side, it could be frozen into a magnet. Scoff, scoff, I thought. When water freezes, its molecules shift into a rigid lattice. Nothing like that could ever happen. Scoff.