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    Default Scientist Produce Transperent Aluminium

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    In this week’s Nature Physics an international team, led by Oxford University scientists, report that a short pulse from the FLASH laser ‘knocked out’ a core electron from every aluminium atom in a sample without disrupting the metal’s crystalline structure. This turned the aluminium nearly invisible to extreme ultraviolet radiation.

    ''What we have created is a completely new state of matter nobody has seen before,’ said Professor Justin Wark of Oxford University’s Department of Physics, one of the authors of the paper. ‘Transparent aluminium is just the start. The physical properties of the matter we are creating are relevant to the conditions inside large planets, and we also hope that by studying it we can gain a greater understanding of what is going on during the creation of 'miniature stars' created by high-power laser implosions, which may one day allow the power of nuclear fusion to be harnessed here on Earth.’

    The discovery was made possible with the development of a new source of radiation that is ten billion times brighter than any synchrotron in the world (such as the UK’s Diamond Light Source). The FLASH laser, based in Hamburg, Germany, produces extremely brief pulses of soft X-ray light, each of which is more powerful than the output of a power plant that provides electricity to a whole city.

    The Oxford team, along with their international colleagues, focused all this power down into a spot with a diameter less than a twentieth of the width of a human hair. At such high intensities the aluminium turned transparent.

    Whilst the invisible effect lasted for only an extremely brief period - an estimated 40 femtoseconds - it demonstrates that such an exotic state of matter can be created using very high power X-ray sources.
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    Does it have the capacity to house 2 whales in a klingon starship?
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    Heh...was thinking that too, X. Someone oughta interrogate these Oxford guys and make sure they haven't been paid a visit from a Scottish engineer recently.
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    Incredible. I love stuff like this.

    Now we just have to figure out what Dark Matter and Dark Energy is, and we'll be able to start mapping out the laws of physics beyond our universe.


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    Quote Originally Posted by xaminer View Post
    Does it have the capacity to house 2 whales in a klingon starship?
    lol...Worst Star Trek movie ever, so i cant believe i thought that too when i read it. These guys must be Trekies.
    Dealing with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LLFHS View Post
    Heh...was thinking that too, X. Someone oughta interrogate these Oxford guys and make sure they haven't been paid a visit from a Scottish engineer recently.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rchop84 View Post
    lol...Worst Star Trek movie ever, so i cant believe i thought that too when i read it. These guys must be Trekies.
    Obviously someone who never watched 5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRules View Post
    Obviously someone who never watched 5.
    No kidding. This one and Wrath Of Khan were the two best films in the entire series.

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    They didn't use transparent aluminum to house the whales. Scotty gave them the formula for transparent aluminum in exchange for the stuff they already had in the factory.

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    too bad they didn't have that in the 60's...my family chirstmas tree would have been trasparent....cool! and a big improvement on what it really looked like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy Hill View Post
    too bad they didn't have that in the 60's...my family chirstmas tree would have been trasparent....cool! and a big improvement on what it really looked like.
    So, you were the other person that had one of those other than my neighbors that had one of those things.
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    It must have had something to do with region and one's age, because we had one as well. I love how the box states "Brings aluminum tree to life". Huh?


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    very cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chefcraig View Post
    It must have had something to do with region and one's age, because we had one as well. I love how the box states "Brings aluminum tree to life". Huh?

    I actually knew a few folks that had them. We actually had the color changing thingamabob, but ours had a floodlight behind it and was aimed at the canopy of trees over the back patio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanHalenRules View Post
    So, you were the other person that had one of those other than my neighbors that had one of those things.

    nope I remember I brought it up last Christmas and was surprised when Chef mentioned he got the short end of the yule tree stick as well.

    I think the aluminum Christmas tree was probably an offshoot of 1950'ss "Googie" or "Atomic" architecture and interior design (which is really cool stuff)

    but I think this was the bastard child of that design trend....ugly ass things!

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