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humphrey

I certainly am very far from a physicist but I came across this article concerning metallic hydrogen

https://www.inverse.com/article/28662-metallic-hydrogen-holy-grail-high-pressure-physics-silvera-gregoryanz

A few weeks ago, inside a Massachusetts lab, a tiny speck of silver reflected lights and made headlines around the world: metallic hydrogen, a long-theorized state of matter, had finally been crushed into existence between diamond anvils. The synthesis, which occurred at extraordinary pressures, turned an elemental gas into a glimmering solid and — after the study was promptly published and publicized by Science — catapulted Harvard physicist Isaac Silvera into the talk of the very small town that is high-pressure physics.

Not everyone had nice things to say.

Twenty-eight days after the paper was published, the sample of metallic hydrogen vanished. Silvera, an affable, spectacled laboratory veteran who had doggedly worked on metallic hydrogen for 45 years, expressed disappointment, speculating that his precious sample had gotten lost or simply vaporized back into gas.

humphrey

Honestly I never wondered why but here is an explanation for a Panda Bear’s coloring.

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/ever-wondered-why-pandas-are-black-and-white-1.2998247

Scientists in California say they have determined why giant pandas have such distinctive black and white fur.
In a study published in the journal Behavioural Ecology this week, researchers at University of California, Davis, said the markings are used for camouflage and communication.
“Understanding why the giant panda has such striking coloration has been a long-standing problem in biology that has been difficult to tackle because virtually no other mammal has this appearance, making analogies difficult,” he said, according to the UC Davis website.

polarbear4

thanks, bebimbob!

wi59

I always wondered about that commercial about mosquitos research, this explains it

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