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5 lesser-known states of matter that may shape the future

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From an early age, we're taught that liquid, solid, and gas are the states of matter.

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This couldn't be further from the truth.

Liquid, solid, gas, and plasma simply represent the four most common "natural" states of matter.

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But scientists have found — and created — even wilder states of matter.

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This state of matter can be found at extremely low temperatures and is the result of particles huddling together to form a kind of "super-atom" without molecular motion.

Scientists can create this state in a lab and use it to study quantum mechanics and black holes.

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These materials are also impervious to magnetic fields.

IRL, they can be used to make everything from superfast, levitating trains to supercooled and fast electric circuits for quantum computers.

To learn about another theoretical state of matter, click here.