“And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.”
Hydrogen is the most abundant metal in the universe. The most common isotope of hydrogen consists of atoms made of a single proton orbited by a single electron. Hydrogen can form ions by losing that one electron. This valency of one is the reason why it is usually placed at the top of Group I of the Periodic table – the Alkali Metals.
Metals conduct electricity because of the way that the atoms are packed. The other members of Group I – such as lithium, sodium, and potassium – conduct electricity because their atoms are close packed. The closeness of the atoms causes the outer electrons to delocalize, giving the metallic bulk the ability to conduct electricity because of the free movement of the delocalized electrons.
Scientists have speculated that hydrogen could be forced, under extreme pressure, to become a metallic solid. This might be of use because the reversal of the process could generate large amounts of energy which could power, for example, a spacecraft.
At least two groups of scientists have been working on this problem, each disputing the claims of the other. As both groups have published in peer-reviewed journals, we see that just because there has been peer review, this does not mean that the findings are true. In this case, at least one (or maybe both) of the competing claims must be false. We should remember this when we are told that some evolutionary “discovery” has been scientifically “proven”.
Prayer: Thank You, Lord, that You have given us Your word as our standard, against which everything is to be measured. Amen.
Author: Paul F. Taylor
Ref: Brooks, M. (2020), Metallic hydrogen would be the ultimate fuel – if we can make it, < https://www.newscientist.com/article/mg24532630-800-metallic-hydrogen-would-be-the-ultimate-fuel-if-we-can-make-it/ >, accessed 1/1/2020. Image: CC BY-SA 3.0 Unported.
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