[–] MightyGroo 0 points 20 points (+20|-0) ago 

A room-temperature superconductor would change life as we know it... rapidly, and would be amazing. It doesn't sound like a process that would be easily capable to yield high volumes of the stuff though.

[–] Ciscogeek 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

Indeed it would be, but keep in mind this bit:

And until peer-review had confirmed that their sample was the real deal, they were hesitant to perform too many tests on it, so we have no evidence so far to suggest that the material is a superconductor. That's something that will be investigated in the months to come.

[–] MedicalMountainGoat 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Even if its not a superconductor it could have other very interesting properties. This is a huge accomplishment regardless, as they have taken a superabundant element and changed its form entirely. The most interesting part to me is whether it will be metastable as they mentioned. Once they release the pressure, if it dissipates into gas again then it wont be of any use to us.

Edit: I guess I was totally wrong. Looks like they have experimented with other elements such as oxygen and found that they were only superconductors at low temperature, so this discovery would likely only matter if it is actually a room temperature superconductor. Though I wonder how we could use it if its highly explosive.

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[–] search4truth 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

Yeah, a metal that will explode with the slightest interaction or exposure. Sounds like a market for Military applications.

[–] weezkitty 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Yeah but did you notice the pressure?

[–] Viropher 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

495GPa, fucking incredible. Though, if its stable after pressure is released like with diamonds,we got a real winner here.

[–] Al_Rubyx 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

They made it once, they can make more. I doubt it would take a lot of it for the purposes they need it for. Most of the difficulty in this sort of thing is finding out how to do it the first time.

[–] MightyGroo 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

That's 5 million(i didnt put much effort into the math i could be wrong) times normal atmospheric pressure, pressed between diamonds at -500 degrees. I'm talking about building roads, train tracks(mag-lev), space elevators with the stuff.

[–] Jixijenga 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

No, most of the difficulty is finding out how to do it in a way that isn't locked up in a lab. Industrial processes are often less efficient than laboratory methods, surprisingly enough, but they're cheaper and faster which is what makes them viable.

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[–] CrimsonFuckr 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

im inclined to agree with you on this one. it likely requires a substantial amount of pressure to keep it stable.

[–] MedicalMountainGoat 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Lets hope otherwise. Would be quite dope.

[–] CrimsonFuckr 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

that's fucking awesome

[–] rocketrouser 1 points 21 points (+22|-1) ago 

No......that's fucking METAL!!!

[–] jaceame 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Please do not attempt intercourse with the metal. You will get your dick ripped off.

[–] Grind_Goddess 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

[–] CrimsonFuckr 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

see i wanted to, but i thought it was too much. but i was mistaken. ill just chalk it up to missed opportunities.

[–] plankO 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I missed the part where they explain how metallic hydrogen can be kept stable at room temperature

[–] MyDrunkAccount 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

It's mere speculation at this point, according to the article:

Oddly enough, Silvera says that it's also likely that metallic hydrogen could be metastable - which means that even if you release the pressure it will remain metallic...

...and this is something that will also be tested once all other analysis has been performed on the sample, just in case the predictions are wrong, and the material disperses back into a gas when the pressure is lifted.

"We’re going to work on this sample for a while, and then we’ll release the pressure and see if the sample persists as metallic hydrogen," says Silvera. "And then we’re going to load another sample."

Last few paragraphs of the article.

[–] plankO 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Thanks, the article is kinda wordy

[–] ArsCortica 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

This is interesting, but also wildly impractical unless the metallic hydrogen really is metastable.

[–] SaitouKatsu 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

"This is the holy grail of high-pressure physics"

[–] WHITEPOWER_ranger 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

I didn't know Hydrogen was a metal. Can they make Oxygen next? After that water metal?

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[–] WHITEPOWER_ranger 3 points -1 points (+2|-3) ago  (edited ago)

This is great and all, but science also says there's only 2 genders...

So science is obviously wrong

Edit: wow didn't think I'd need the /s

[–] MedicalMountainGoat 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I think they have already experimented on metallic oxygen and determined that is only superconducting at low temperatures.

[–] WHITEPOWER_ranger 2 points -2 points (+0|-2) ago 

What about metallic Water?!

[–] Al_Rubyx 1 points 2 points (+3|-1) ago 

I remember them making solid metallic hydrogen years ago...

[–] WHITEPOWER_ranger 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Proof or it didn't happen

[–] Al_Rubyx 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

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