We have all experienced that maddening feeling when we are desperately looking for something we need, only to find that we have gone and misplaced it. To all intents and purposes, it seems that the lost item has simply vanished from the face of the Earth. But imagine your frustration if you had successfully solved one of the most important problems in physics and created a brand-new material, only for the sole sample of your alleged discovery to disappear? Well, that is exactly what happened to a pair of research alchemists at Harvard University in January 2017, but their loss is one that should be felt by all of us.
Scientific advances have always pushed the human race forwards. We all owe many of the luxuries we enjoy nowadays to discoveries made in the lab. The work conducted at Harvard involved trying to create a piece of metal. It might not sound that difficult, but this was no ordinary piece of metal. This material had given physical form to what had originally been a theory formulated almost one hundred years ago.