A lot of things burn with astounding intensity; Styrofoam, napalm, H
marshmallows are just the beginning. But what if there was a material that
could set sand on fire? Okay, so clearly that was a loaded question, but it
was a necessary settup. Chlorine has the dubious honor of
being terrifyingly flammable, to the point that history' s evil ,
the Nazis, deemed it too dangerous to work with. When people who tin
consider genocide their life' s goal don' t want to use something because it
is too deadly, it bears treating it with some caution. There is a story that a
ton of the stuff was spilled once and caught fire, and it burned through 12
inches of concrete and another meter of sand and gravel before going out.
I hate to say it, but in this case, the Nazi' s were right.
are Iew mags known TO man noa: 1: er man me ulterior or a Creamy
microwaved Hot Pocket, but this stuff manages to break even that record.
Created by smashing gold atoms together at nearly the speed of light, it' s
called a soup, and it reaches a balmy 4 trillion degrees Celsius,
a mere 250, 000 times hotter than the inside of the sun. The amount of
energy released in the collision was sufficient to melt protons and neutrons,
which in itself could be featured on a list of things you never even knew
were possible. Scientists think this substance could give us an idea of what
the birth of our universe was like, so it' s good to see they aren' t just
creating tiny for the fim of it. However, the really good news is
that the soup was only a trillionth of a centimeter across, and only lasted
for a trillionth ofa trillionth ofa second.
Acid is scary stuff; they gave one of the scariest movie monsters ever acid
blood to make it scarier than just a simple killing machine (the Alien), so
it' s pretty ingrained in our psyche that getting dissolved is bad. If the Aliens
had been filled with fluoroantimonic acid, they not only would have
probably fallen through the floor until they hit dirt, the vapors given off by
their dying bodies would have killed everyone around them. It is 21019
times more powerful than sulphuric acid, and can even eat through glass.
And it explodes when exposed to water. And when it is reacting, it gives
off poisonous fumes that can kill everyone in a room. Maybe we should
move on from this one...
Superfluities is a state of matter (like solid or gaseous) that occurs at
extremely low temperatures, has high thermal conductivity (every onnee
of it is always exactly the same temperature), and no viscosity Helium 2 is
the "most" example of this. A cup of Hew will spontaneously flow up and
out of a container, as if it just decided to leave. It also seeps right through
otherwise solid materials because its complete lack of friction allows it to
flow through otherwise invisible holes that would not allow regular helium
or water for that matter) to flow through. Hew is also the most efficient
thermal conductor on earth; several hundred times that of copper. Heat
moves so fast through Helium 2 that it moves in waves, like sound (and is
fact known as "second sound"), rather than dispersion, where it simply
transfers from one molecule to another. Incidentally, the forces governing
Hew' s ability to crawl walls is called "third sound". You can' t get much
more extreme than a substance that required the definitions of 2 new types