Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Scientists to build clock that lasts forever

Posted on Tuesday, 25 September, 2012 | Comment icon 10 comments | News tip by: Karlis


Image credit: sxc.hu

 
Theoretical scientists have come up with a way to build a four-dimensional space-time crystal clock.

The idea behind such a device is that it will literally last indefinitely, outlasting even the heat death of the universe. Scientists have long speculated over the concept of a space-time clock based on a four-dimensional crystal that has periodic structure in both time as well as in space, but the idea of creating one has been refined for the most part to the realm of science fiction. Now however an international science team believes they may have come up with a way to actually build one based on an electric-field ion trap.

"The electric field of the ion trap holds charged particles in place and Coulomb repulsion causes them to spontaneously form a spatial ring crystal," said scientist Xiang Zhang.

"Imagine a clock that will keep perfect time forever, even after the heat-death of the universe."

  View: Full article

 Source: Science Daily


  Discuss: View comments (10)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Capt Amerika on 25 September, 2012, 11:56
Somewhere a Mayan is congratulating them on finally catching up.
Comment icon #2 Posted by StarMountainKid on 25 September, 2012, 13:32
Interesting stuff, thanks Karlis.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Idano on 25 September, 2012, 13:44
Ouch, that makes my brain hurt
Comment icon #4 Posted by Karlis on 25 September, 2012, 14:46
If this becomes a reality, I guess that puts an end to built-in obsolescence.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Chooky88 on 25 September, 2012, 14:47
I thought I was an intelligent educated guy. Until I read that article. I was with them all the way up to the mention of four dimensions.
Comment icon #6 Posted by synchronomy on 25 September, 2012, 14:59
Interesting. But who's going to give a damn what time it is after the heat-death of the Universe
Comment icon #7 Posted by MOON IS FAKE on 25 September, 2012, 17:14
We may go to that time and would still be able to tell the time even if nothing is around. Also we would know that we are in the future
Comment icon #8 Posted by Karlis on 25 September, 2012, 17:27
The OP article points out some of the "practical" values of this new possibility. Only time will tell what benefits Mankind may gain. It's a potential tool for studying and understanding our universe. One example from the article: With such a 4D crystal, scientists would have a new and more effective means by which to study how complex physical properties and behaviors emerge from the collective interactions of large numbers of individual particles, the so-called many-body problem of physics.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Junior Chubb on 25 September, 2012, 23:46
I bet it will still get confused when the clocks go back in October...
Comment icon #10 Posted by pallidin on 26 September, 2012, 5:51
Uh... will it fit in my watch?


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6006729
258369
170214

 
Neutron star smash signals major breakthrough
10-16-2017
For the first time ever, gravitational waves and light have been picked up from the same cosmic event.
Scottish scientists send a teacake in to space
10-16-2017
Thousands of people watched online as the popular confectionery was launched in to the heavens on Friday.
Mystery 'Watcher' house goes up for sale
10-15-2017
A couple plagued by mysterious letters from the 'Watcher' have been struggling to sell their home.
'Vampire' kangaroos lived longer than thought
10-15-2017
An extinct species of fanged kangaroo survived five million years longer than previously believed.
Other news in this category
Supervolcano could erupt sooner than thought
Posted 10-13-2017 | 9 comments
The enormous supervolcano in Yellowstone National Park could erupt with only a few years' warning....
 
Mystery surrounds giant hole in Antarctica
Posted 10-12-2017 | 3 comments
A hole in the ice larger than the Netherlands has been described by scientists as 'quite remarkable'....
 
Could floating wind farms power the planet ?
Posted 10-10-2017 | 23 comments
Scientists believe that wind farms in the North Atlantic could provide enough electricity to power the world....
 
Pesticides found in 75 percent of all honey
Posted 10-7-2017 | 11 comments
Scientists made the alarming discovery during an investigation in to the prevalence of pesticide residue....
 
Mystery methane surge is due to flatulent cows
Posted 10-2-2017 | 21 comments
A new US study has revealed that cow flatulence is responsible for a recent rise in atmospheric methane....
 
1,000mph car successfully fires up jet engine
Posted 10-1-2017 | 18 comments
Known as Bloodhound, the supersonic racing car will attempt to break the land-speed record in October....
 
Farm breeds mutant pigs with huge muscles
Posted 9-30-2017 | 23 comments
A farm in Cambodia has reportedly been creating massive mutant pigs with abnormally oversized muscles....
 
Scientists repair mutations in human embryos
Posted 9-29-2017 | 11 comments
For the first time ever, a method known as 'chemical surgery' has been used to fix a faulty human gene....
 
Life may have emerged over 4 billion years ago
Posted 9-28-2017 | 12 comments
Scientists have made a discovery that could push back the emergence of life further than ever before....
 
Dubai aims to launch a driverless hover-taxi
Posted 9-26-2017 | 5 comments
Transport authorities in the United Arab Emirates are hoping to offer an autonomous flying taxi service....
 
Man who prevented World War 3 dies aged 77
Posted 9-22-2017 | 9 comments
Former Soviet military officer Stanislav Petrov made a decision in 1983 that may have saved the world....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ