Ultrahot ‘superionic’ ice is a new state of matter



Scientists just squeezed a water droplet between two diamonds and blasted it to star-like temperatures with one of the world’s most powerful lasers. The result was a new and mysterious phase of water. 

Called superionic ice, the “strange, black” water exists under the same pressures and temperatures as those at the center of Earth — a fact that could soon help researchers investigate the secrets buried inside the cores of other worlds. 



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