My Thirst, You're Not Quenching It: Dry Water
Forgotten for over 40 years, powdered water is back and looks like coke. But don't snort it! Actually, do snort it -- I want to see what happens. More, do more. MORE! Haha, what do you mean, "why is it brown?" Because you've been snorting heroin! I said, "BECAUSE YOU'VE BEEN SNORTING HEROIN!" Hey! HEY!
[It's] known as "dry water" because it consists of 95 percent water and yet is a dry powder. Each powder particle contains a water droplet surrounded by modified silica, the stuff that makes up ordinary beach sand. The silica coating prevents the water droplets from combining and turning back into a liquid. The result is a fine powder that can slurp up gases, which chemically combine with the water molecules to form what chemists term a hydrate.
There's also other potential uses for dry water such as jumpstarting chemical reactions and providing a safer way to transport and store harmful industrial materials.
Silica-wrapped water droplets, amazing. But the question remains: will it be available in individually wrapped, snack-size "DO NOT EAT" packets? I sure hope so! Mmmm, silica gel pouches. One time I got over 20 in my mouth before they kicked me out of the shoe store!
There Is Such Thing As Dry Water [gizmodo]