Scientists: Fourth State of Matter Discovered

You mean like Delaware? </bad_joke>

(Delaware was actually the first state in the union, but it sounded funnier than Georgia, the actual fourth state!)

source: Sky News

Scientists have discovered a new state of matter that allows atoms to exist as both solid and liquid at the same time.

It was previously thought there were three states of matter: liquid, solid or gas.

Experts were unsure whether the new state – known as a “chain-melted state” – was its own distinct state of matter or simply atoms transitioning between two stages – whether solid, liquid or gas.

“Potassium is one of the simplest metals we know, yet if you squeeze it, it forms very complicated structures. We have shown that this unusual but stable state is part solid and part liquid.”

Dr Andreas Hermann
University of Edinburgh

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