Metallic hydrogen, once theory, becomes reality:

Discussion in 'General Science & Technology' started by paddoboy, Jan 27, 2017.

  1. exchemist Valued Senior Member

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    Yes please do Paddo it is a great service and provides lots of talking points.

    Those of us with a science background may need to bring some of the reports down to earth a bit, in course of trying to explain what's actually going on, that's all.
     
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  3. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    Let's hope that those with the science backgrounds act with honour and integrity, rather then animosity and vengeance hey exchemist.
    Sensationalist headlines will always be a part of journalism whether we like it or not, and for some of these posters with supposed science backgrounds, that have not only indulged in sensational headlines themselves, but rather provocative headlines more akin to lying then simple journalistic license, where in essence all one needs to do is read the article in its entirety to realise the truth.
    One needs to remember, about people in glass houses, etc etc.

    Back onto science:
    The facts remain, that although plenty of problems remain for this to become a viable, useful discovery, those problems will be confronted with further research and investigation, just as the benefits that are possible from such a discovery demands: Not the least being in a propulsion scenario.
     
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  5. paddoboy Valued Senior Member

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    The summary in the following article says it far better then I could.........

    http://news.sky.com/story/metallic-...cientists-raises-superconductor-hope-10744665
    "It could find its way into next-generation MRI scanners, replacing the huge, energy-intensive, super-cooled superconductors to make the medical imaging system more affordable and practical for hospitals around the world.

    The material could also have a range of other uses from electronics and electric cars, through to the generation and storage of electricity.

    The huge forces used to form the metal could also be used, in theory, as a propellant for much more powerful and efficient space rockets.

    Harvard physicist Isaac Silvera said: "This is the Holy Grail of high-pressure physics.

    "It's the first-ever sample of metallic hydrogen on Earth, so when you're looking at it, you're looking at something that's never existed before."

    Details of the research, which is the first confirmation of a long-standing theory that hydrogen, normally a gas, could occur in a metallic state if exposed to extreme pressure, was published in the journal Science".
     
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