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'Liquid glass' identified as new state of matter

January 8, 2021 | Comment icon 11 comments



There is more to glass than meets the eye. Image Credit: sxc.hu
Scientists have revealed the discovery of a whole new state of matter within the transformation of glass.
Despite being found in our windows, our phones and our cars, glass is a material about which there is still much we don't know - as evidenced by the fact that scientists have only now discovered within it an entirely new state of matter that can be observed when the glass is neither a solid, nor a colloid (gel), but somewhere in-between.

When a material transforms from a liquid to a solid, its molecules will typically line up to form a crystalline pattern, however in glass they are instead frozen within a disordered state.
In liquid glass, the colloids are able to move but cannot rotate - making this a unique state not observed in other materials.

"This is incredibly interesting from a theoretical vantage point," said Prof Matthias Fuchs of the University of Konstanz in Germany.

"Our experiments provide the kind of evidence for the interplay between critical fluctuations and glassy arrest that the scientific community has been after for quite some time."



Source: Science Alert | Comments (11)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Manwon Lender 2 years ago
You know what I think I also remember it, that's wild man you just gave me a flash back!! Take care Bats†
Comment icon #3 Posted by sykanie83 2 years ago
d r i n k i t
Comment icon #4 Posted by NCC1701 2 years ago
They're to late, they sell the stuff all over the internet already LOL.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 2 years ago
Didnt the Romans invent it? I remember kaisar Tiberius throwing the inventor out of a cliff because of some tax related issues?
Comment icon #6 Posted by Cookie Monster 2 years ago
Nice find but its not a new discovery. Super-cooled liquids such as glass have been known about for a long time. If you try making ice-lollies at home you will notice you get a solid block off ice rather than the same texture as one you buy from the shops. The difference is they used boiling water to make the commercial lolly-pop, then cooled it very fast so that its molecules didn`t have time to change into a solid lattice. In essence, its cooled molecules in a liquid lattice. With glass you don`t have to cool it quite as fast, in fact you would have to cool it slowly in a controlled environm... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Manwon Lender 2 years ago
But, this thread has nothing to do with a Super Cooled Lquid, nothing at all. The thread concerns the state†of Matter that is created when glass is in between solid and liquid this is what the discussion is actually about my friend. Obviously you did not watch the videos, may I suggest that you watch one or the other, that will answer your question in more detail than I am able to. Thanks for your post.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Manwon Lender 2 years ago
Honestly I don't know, but I am certain they did make it. Let me check it out, no they did not invent it. Below explains what†I have discovered. Little is known about the first attempts to make glass. However, it is generally believed that glassmaking was discovered 4,000 years ago, or more, in Mesopotamia. https://www.cmog.org/article/origins-glassmaking Thanks for your post.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Poncho_Peanatus 2 years ago
yeah I know now, it was flexible glass. But it seems more like a urban legend from those times. Damn I find it incredible, that even the frigging ROMANS had to deal with conspiracy theorist and dark technology proponents. Wow just....wow.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Cookie Monster 2 years ago
I did, and they are trying to frame super-cooled liquid glass as something new. The only new thing they have done is have a mixture of solid glass and super-cooled liquid glass.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Manwon Lender 2 years ago
Yes that is what they did, and in the process they discovered a newer state of matter.


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