schrodingers_rabbit writes: "Despite formidable odds, condensed matter physicists have made a breakthrough most thought impossible- finding a practical use for string theory. The initial breakthrough was made by physicist and cosmologist Juan Maldacena. His theory states that the known universe is only a 2D construct in anti-de-Sitter space, projected into 3 dimensions. This theory manages to model black holes and quantum theory congruently, a feat that bas eluded scientists for decades, but fails to correspond to the shape of space-time in the know universe. However, it does predict thermodynamic properties of black holes, including higher-dimensional viscosity- the equations for which almost exactly calculate the behavior of quark-gluon plasma and other super fluids. According to Jan Zaanen at the University of Leiden, "The theory is calculating precisely what we are seeing in experiments." Unfortunately, the correspondence cannot prove or disprove String Theory, although it is a positive step. Another aspect of the theory has been entirely overlooked. Despite the myriad licensing opportunities for a physical prediction of the closest thing physics has to a quasi-religion, the only spinoff created so far is a spoofed Macarena in honor of Maldacena's theory."
"Necessity is the mother of invention" is a silly proverb. "Necessity
is the mother of futile dodges" is much nearer the truth.
-- Alfred North Whitehead