The discovery might sound pretty abstract, but it heralds in a whole
new era in physics - for decades we've been studying matter that's
defined as being 'in equilibrium', such as metals and insulators.
But it's been predicted that there are many more strange types of
matter out there in the Universe that aren't in equilibrium that we
haven't even begun to look into, including time crystals. And now we
know they're real.
The fact that we now have the first example of non-equilibrium matter
could lead to breakthroughs in our understanding of the world around
us, as well as new technology such as quantum computing.
"This is a new phase of matter, period, but it is also really cool
because it is one of the first examples of non-equilibrium matter," said lead researcher Norman Yao from the University of California, Berkeley...
Full text: http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-have-just-announced-a-brand-new-form-of-matter-time-crystals?perpetual=yes&limitstart=1
Original papers: in Physical Review Letters, Harvard time crystal paper and the University of Maryland paper.