Playing With The Primal Forces Of Nature, Mr. Beale

Ken AshfordScience & TechnologyLeave a Comment

Stop it.

Seriously, I’m all for scientific progress, but this is — quite literally — playing with fire:

Scientists at Sandia National Laboratories have produced a superheated gas, which is hotter than the interior of the Sun.

The gas achieved the hottest temperature ever recorded when it reached 3.6 billion degrees Fahrenheit, or 2 billion degrees Kelvin. For those keeping score, the Sun is only a mere 15 million degrees Kelvin.

So, if I understand this correctly, scientists have created a superheated gas which is not only hotter than the sun’s interior, but is almost 125 times hotter than sun’s interior.

My first question is probably the same as yours: Why doesn’t this superheated gas burn through whatever container it’s in, burn through the bottom of the laboratory, and burn right through the Earth?

In other words, why aren’t we all dead now?

Tn_thestand02032_jpgMy second question is this: wouldn’t just one liter of this shit be sufficient to provide enough energy to, you know, satisfy the power needs of the entire world for a thousand years?  And if so, should I put off buying a new water heater?

Never mind.  I don’t wanna know.  It sounds dangerous, and I’m not sure I’m comfortable with a bunch of pyromaniac physics nerds trying to create a literal hell on Earth.

I’m just sayin’.