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JAY GORY, MANAGING EDITOR, science
An international team of researchers has used a powerful X-ray laser to heat room-temperature water to 100,000 degrees Celsius (180,032 Fahrenheit) in less than a trillionth of a second. The team’s experiments—which are described in a paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences—produced an exotic state of water, which may provide new insights into perhaps the most important substance on Earth. Scientists from the Center for Free-Electron Laser Science (CFEL) and Uppsala University in Sweden used a laser known as the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory to shoot extremely intense but incredibly brief pulses of X-rays at a jet of water. read more
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