Quantum 'fifth state of matter' observed in space for first time

By Patrick GALEY

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I wonder what percentage of readers understand this article, and what percentage read the whole article

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Fermionic Condensates, the sixth state of matter

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Slowly slowly picking away at the crust.

I guess I won't be around when they arrive at the pie itself.

But the tasting is proving to be a hit.

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Very interesting.

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nonvioletteToday 06:38 am JST


It deserves a double-wow, I think!

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First, bosons -- atoms that have an equal number of protons and electrons

Is that the correct definition of bosons? It's not what I understood (although I probably never fully understood).

This makes them nearly impossible for scientists to study on Earth, where gravity interferes

Is it gravity that interferes or resistance to gravity? Maybe I'm nitpicking, but my understanding is that the space station is very much under the influence of gravity. It's basically in freefall (so no resistance), but going so fast that it keeps missing the earth.

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I know there will be people saying "What a waste of our tax money!" But consider that almost two centuries ago there were these two obscure British scientists named Maxwell and Faraday working in an obscure lab. They discovered how to manipulate something called "electricity". What if people at that time stopped the research as useless? Someday we'll all be flying in spaceships where there is no gravity, and I'm sure some scientists and engineers will find ways to use this phenomenon to enhance human existance, like electricity does. (Where did the gravity of the Starship Enterprise come from?)

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Yes gokai_wo_maneku - and lets hope for humanity's sake nobody works out how to make a bomb out of all this new kind of stuff too.

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Someday we'll all be flying in spaceships where there is no gravity

Perhaps not us, but hopefully our descendants. But I imagine (or hope) such spaceships will have the mass of small planets. Is the idea of conquering the moon not to turn it into a spaceship? :-)

Sorry, it's Friday. Mind wandering. Topics like this are interesting, and I find them much easier to discuss than things such as GDP or investment returns.

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