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Lost Dimension

There is a color that loses a dimension when the temperature is cool enough. A DIMENSION. It goes from 3-D to 2-D. That's crazy. Remember, no matter how thinly you slice something, there's still 3 dimensions. It might be microscopic, but it still has height, width, and length. Now they've discovered a color that can shed an entire dimension just like that.

The most recent research, published in today's issue of the journal Nature, shows that at the lowest temperature point at which the change of state occurs -- called the Quantum Critical Point -- the Han purple pigment actually loses a dimension: it goes from 3D to 2D.

They observed that at high magnetic fields (above 23 tesla) and temperatures between 1 and 3 degrees Kelvin (approximately -460 degrees Fahrenheit), the magnetic waves in three-dimensional crystals of Han purple "exist" in a three-dimensional world as per conventional wisdom. However, below those temperatures, near the quantum limit, one of the dimensions is no longer accessible, with the unexpected consequence that magnetic ripples propagate in only two dimensions. (Kelvin is the temperature scale used by scientists; zero degrees Kelvin is absolute zero, a temperature so low it is experimentally unreachable.)

The magnetic waves in the pigment exist in a unique state of matter called a Bose Einstein condensate (BEC), so named for its theoretical postulation by Satyendra Nath Bose and Albert Einstein.


Research such as this could aid in the understanding of processes important for quantum computers. It is believed that this type of computer would operate based on quantum magnetism to perform many different computations at once. Theorists believe this capability could produce answers to mathematical problems much more quickly than is currently possible with conventional computers.

I don't get the part about quantum computers. I'm still stuck on the whole 2-D thing. What i want to know is how would this affect the Hulk's pants? Would it keep them from getting shredded all the time? Which also brings to mind a second question. If Banner and Reed Richards know each other, how come Richards never gave the poor guy some unstable molecules? He's buying new purple pants every week, ferchrissakes. C'mon, Reed. Help a guy out.

By min | July 6, 2006, 12:24 PM | Science


At least he didn't shoot him off into space or something. Or betray loyalties he's had for over a dozen years. Or use blackmail to end the threat of super-hero registration the last time it was brought up. Or form a secret group whose purpose was ostensibly for sharing info, but seems to have tried to control the actions of the super-hero community. Thank god those pants rip, rather than shred. Otherwise, you'd see the real reason the other heroes wanted Hulk off planet. He intimidated them with his 'manliness.'

This article doesn't actually show the color in question. Because it doesn't actually exist. Because this is a bunch of nonsense. Colors are colors, they aren't 2D or 3D. Stupid scientists. Go back up north, and take off your yamulkes!!!

Raaaaarrrrghhhh!!!! Stupid Rubber-Band Man did give Hulk special pants, but Hulk not wear them. Rubber-Band Man's pants don't leave much to the imagination, if you know what Hulk is saying.