Glass molecules have long been known to move around in a seemingly random manner, but a new study by Till Bohmer and Thomas Blochowicz has shed light on the true nature of this movement. The researchers at the Technical University of Darmstadt in Germany found that time does not behave in a strictly linear manner, as previously thought. Instead, they discovered that glass molecules effectively “reverse time” on a molecular level.
The study examined how the composition of materials changes over time. Glass, with its unique structure, was particularly intriguing to the researchers. Unlike traditional molecular structures, glass molecules constantly move to different locations, causing fluctuations that had to be documented using an ultra-sensitive video camera. Professor Blochowicz explained that “You can’t just watch the molecules jiggle around.”
While this discovery may not bring us any closer to being able to travel in time, it will certainly change the way we think about certain materials used daily. This knowledge comes following a new study from 2023 that challenges our understanding of the feasibility of time travel. The research suggests that time in the universe is unidirectional due to a new study into light and its relationship with other objects.