Otherworldly ‘time crystal’ made inside Google quantum computer could change physics forever. The crystal is able to forever cycle between states without losing energy.

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Can someone ELI5 this? Especially the potential applications.

Lokland881

I love the Reddit armchair scientists. “What do these theoretical physicists utilizing the most powerful computer ever think they know about quantum mechanics? Obviously they full of it and should totally listen to me since I read a Wikipedia article once.”

DreadPirateZoidberg

The theoretical newness of the crystals is in some ways a double-edged sword, as physicists currently struggle to find clear applications for them, although von Keyserlingk has suggested that they could be used as highly accurate sensors. Other proposals include using the crystals for better memory storage or for developing quantum computers with even faster processing power. But in another sense, the greatest application of time crystals may already be here: They allow scientists to probe the boundaries of quantum mechanics.

flewidity

I’m so disenchanted by these BS headlines. After the 50th cure for [insert ailment here] I could read almost any headline and go straight to the comments before I waste my time reading some clickbait paragraph triple-stacked around 4 video ads.

30tpirks

Game changing if it’s replicable, but I’m not sold yet with only 100 seconds of observation. We’ve also had 100+ years of the second law of thermodynamics destroying theory after theory, so much so that we get this gem: ​ >If your theory is found to be against the second law of thermodynamics I can give you no hope; there is nothing for it but to collapse in deepest humiliation. ~ Arthur Eddington

matthra