[–] peacegnome 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

I think "useful" would have been a better adjective. Neither iron, nor sulfur are very expensive.

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

Valuable in terms of cost effectiveness if this pans out. Magnets are rare earths and hence expensive. Iron and sulfur are common and cheap.

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

Yeah, I understand that it is what they meant, that it is valuable like water, but it does not mean that people should invest in it.

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

Hidden away at the end

Leighton said the next step is to continue research to replicate the process at higher temperatures, which the team's preliminary data suggest should certainly be possible. They also hope to try the process with other materials and to demonstrate potential for real devices.

No mention of what temperature they were doing their research at. I'm guessing "too cold to be interesting."

[–] 1ethanhansen ago 

Yeah, looking at the source abstract (https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/31/eabb7721) it looks like they can do this "up to 25K." So not outer space cold, but certainly not anywhere near room temperature

[–] ChaoticNeutral ago 

Follow the article trail, it’s linked at the bottom. They were at 240 K.

https://advances.sciencemag.org/content/6/31/eabb7721

[–] Warnos44 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

My entire yard is slam full of this stuff.

I wish it was valuable.

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

You can clean it up and sell it as souvenirs and such. Carve some small wooden statues/signs, glue a bit of pyrite to it, paint it up, even make a mini-scene, and sell that.

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

You got any sports drinks lying around? Do the experiment and let us know if it works on a budget.

[–] CrudOMatic ago 

I'M NOT A FOOL AFTER ALL, YOU FUCKING KIKES! Gonna change my name to Foolsgoldstein, or Pyriteberg.

[–] Ocelot ago 

Most materials have some kind of use.

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

they got all the crystals to point one way, rivetting.

whatever.

you can make sticks harness magnetism for all nature cares.