Scientific digest : A new phase of matter, metal from water and a record data transfer rate

(ORDO NEWS) — Science does not stand still under any conditions. Every day, scientists make new impressive discoveries, new technologies and inventions appear that improve our lives.

The world of science surprises and fascinates, so get to know the interesting news of the week as soon as possible.

The construction of the city of the future – the lying skyscraper The Line has begun

In Saudi Arabia, the construction of a large-scale complex has begun – a mirror lying skyscraper with a length of 170 kilometers.

The Line – this is the name of the complex – is an element of the city of the future called Neom.

The project, according to statements from the kingdom at the time of the announcement, will be completely car-free and have zero emissions.

The project caused a lot of criticism and controversy even at the planning stage, and when it came down to it, several members of the local tribe were sentenced to death, who refused to leave their houses, which were on the construction line.

The researchers managed to turn water into metal, although it was considered impossible.

A group of scientists led by Pavel Jungvirt from the Czech Academy of Sciences has managed to endow pure water with the property of a metal.

Previously, this was considered impossible. From an ideal insulator, it has become a conductor of electric current.

It was possible to endow water with such properties only at an incredibly high pressure of 48 megabars.

This is extremely difficult to implement, and therefore it was practically impossible to study such “metal water”.

Now, thanks to a new study, scientists can observe the phase transition of water into metal under normal conditions.

During the experiment, the water drop acquired a golden color and became a conductor, which was confirmed using two different spectroscopy technologies.

The lifetime of such a drop is short, but sufficient for measurements.

New phase of matter

Physicists fired a series of laser pulses that mimic the Fibonacci sequence on a quantum computer and created a new phase of matter. It is believed that it is much more reliable in storing information than current methods.

This is a real scientific breakthrough that could make quantum computers much more reliable, since the current method of keeping qubits in their quantum state is unreliable.

Cats often don’t care about us, and they also like it when we talk to them.

These are the conclusions that can be drawn from an experiment conducted by scientists who analyzed the behavior of 16 pairs of owners and cats.

It turned out that cats are able to distinguish between timbres and intonations, understand when the owner addresses them, and know that they are being addressed.

It turned out that in most cases they simply do not care that they are generally trying to establish contact.

Although they readily respond to owners if they try to imitate cat sounds and try to communicate with them with cute voices. In short, cats behave like cats and there is nothing unusual about that.

Scientists transmitted data at a speed twice the bandwidth of the entire Internet

The researchers were able to transfer data at a rate of 1.84 petabytes per second. That’s almost double the amount of global internet traffic in the same amount of time.

Thus, it was possible to break the previous record for data transmission using a single light source and an optical chip at one petabit per second.

And to put that number into perspective, a petabit is equal to one million gigabits. One gigabit, or 1,000 megabits, is about the fastest download speed money can buy for most households.

The speed is truly incredible, but the technology is still far from being put into practice. Although the prospect is not small, the possibilities should be tested in the field, so to speak.

With the help of MRI and a special algorithm, scientists were able to read the opinions of a person

A truly startling discovery was made by researchers at the University of Texas. They claim to have created a decoder algorithm that can reconstruct a person’s opinions. To do this, he monitors brain activity using a conventional MRI scanner.

Interestingly, the activity of blood flow changes rather than individual neurons, which is “noisy” and difficult to decipher, is monitored to decipher broader moods or the semantics of what the three subjects thought while listening to 16 hours of podcasts and radio broadcasts.

Although the experiment is still being tested, the scientists who got acquainted with the results were delighted.

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