Physicists have managed to squeeze water molecules into a brand new state that doesn’t adhere to the usual laws of solids, liquids, and gases. By trapping water into very tiny cracks, similar to those that also exist in nature, the researchers have managed to get its hydrogen and oxygen atoms to behave in very peculiar ways.
The discovery is closely linked to existing hypotheses in quantum physics – an area of science where the ‘classic rulebook’ of the Universe is often tossed out and ignored. The team behind the research isn’t quite sure where their find will lead quite yet, but it should offer new insight into how water behaves in ultra-confined spaces.
Source: Scientists have pushed water molecules into a whole new state of matter – ScienceAlert
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