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Atoms Coaxed Into Quantum “Cat” State

In a demonstration of just how weird the quantum world is, scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have manipulated six atoms into spinning together in two opposite directions at the same time. This so-called Schrödinger “cat” state was achieved by entangling six beryllium ions (charged atoms) so that their nuclei were […]

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Magnetic Fields May Be “Visible” To Birds

Migratory birds, as well as many other animals, are able to sense the magnetic field of the earth, but how do they do it? “A fascinating possibility is that they may actually see the earth’s magnetic lines as patterns of color or light intensity superimposed on their visual surroundings,” said John B. Phillips at Virginia […]

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