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Scientists Release Result from ‘Astonishing’ Feat of Creating and Testing Quantum Gas in Space

Last year, graduate student Dennis Becker watched from a safehouse as the MAIUS-1's sounding rocket took off from a launch facility in the Swedish Arctic. But even after repeated delays from snow and wind, he wouldn’t know for a few days whether the rocket’s payload survived. When the ambitious experiment dropped back to Earth after six spending six minutes in space, clouds made a helicopter retrieval impossible, and the project sat for days alone in the Swedish tundra, where the temperatures dropped to -30 degrees C (-22 F). Read More >>

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Ultra-Cold Atoms Recreate the Expanding Universe in Tabletop Experiment

Eerie similarities unite vastly different scientific ideas in sometimes utterly surprising ways. One of these similarities may have allowed scientists to recreate the expanding universe—on a counter-top. Read More >>

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‘Magic’ Twist in Stacked Graphene Reveals Potentially Powerful Superconducting Behaviour

High-temperature electricity without resistance could revolutionise electronics. It could take less energy to move electric charge, meaning better-performing, more-efficient electronics that are cheaper to run. It could cut down on energy costs, and might even help researchers realise better quantum computers. Scientists have gotten a step closer with a little “magic” twist. Read More >>

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Scientists Create Mind-Bending Rydberg Polarons, Atoms Full of Atoms

Some of the most exciting, mind-blowing physics happens when things get really, really cold—such as atoms clumping beneath the shell of a far-out electron. Imagine a bunch of people huddled under an awning, except the people are atoms, and the awning is... also an atom. Read More >>

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Experimenters Observe Strange Magnetic Phenomenon First Predicted in the 1930s

Scientists have experimentally observed a physical concept that was first theorised in 1931 for the first time—one that could result in important applications in quantum computing and even the study of string theory. Maybe. Read More >>