New State of Matter Discovered

Scientists from the University of Edinburgh of Scotland using powerful computer simulations have discovered the existence of the state known as the chain-melted state.

Chain-Melted State

  • At the chain-melted state, atoms are both solid and liquid at the same time.
  • Scientists have discovered that when extreme pressure and temperature are applied to potassium, it can form a state in which most of the atoms form a lattice structure but a second set is in a fluid arrangement.
  • Scientists say that It would be like holding a sponge filled with water that starts dripping out, except the sponge is also made of water.
  • Over half a dozen elements including sodium and bismuth are thought to be capable of existing in the newly discovered state.

Researchers hope it can be further examined to find more uses for the unexpected discovery.

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