Scientists figure out how to make and measure time crystals


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Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2018/01/29/scientists-figure-out-how-to-m.html


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“The stars are matter, and we are matter, but it doesn’t matter.” --Don Van Vliet.


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“Time” crystal? Where’s the market in that?


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“Time Crystals” sound like one of those collectibles you can use to open up bonus levels.


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Well, that explains the colour…

On a tangentially related note…

Finally, I like the way that in, the second clip, the hero advances in to the cave holding the girl in front of him like a shield. Quality heroing.


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Spin keeps on flippin’
flippin’
flippin’
into the future.


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I prefer flavor crystals myself…


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By broadening the definition to allow input of external energy to maintain the periodic behavior, it seems we’ve re-invented the grandfather clock. Or, as it shall be known henceforth, the grandfather time crystal.


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“Always remember: you matter.
Unless you multiply yourself by the square of the speed of light…
then you energy.” - unknown


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I’d have to assume that time crystals are cubic.


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“Atom clocks” would be a better (less misleading) name for these if it weren’t for “atomic clocks” already being a thing.


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Can they use them to make Folgers crystals that will wake me up before I make the coffee?

And this:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thiotimoline


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Aren’t all clocks made out of atoms though?


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