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Scientists to build clock that lasts forever

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


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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."

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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?


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