quasi in rem

Thursday, January 29, 2004

But do they serve wine to children in coke cans?

BBC NEWS reports that a new form of matter may have been created in lab The report describes a " fermionic condensate is a cloud of cold potassium atoms forced into a state where they behave strangely. "

Those scientist by the way wwere Americans at the University of Colorado. They predict that this technology could be used to create a superconductor.

"If you had a superconductor you could transmit electricity with no losses," Jin said. "Right now something like 10% of all electricity we produce in the United States is lost. It heats up wires. It doesn't do anybody any good."

Actually what you could have is extremely fast and efficient computers with much smaller circuits that don't heat up like your computer is doing right now.

And what was that "strange" behavior? "To make the condensate the researchers cooled potassium gas to a billionth of a degree above absolute zero - the temperature at which matter stops moving.

They confined the gas in a vacuum chamber and used magnetic fields and laser light to manipulate the potassium atoms into pairing up and forming the fermionic condensate. "

That doesn't sound so strange to me. I guess you had to be there.


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