Aatish Bhatia

What the Dalai Lama can teach us about temperatures below absolute zero

What the Dalai Lama can teach us about temperatures below absolute zero

There’s been a lot of buzz lately in the science blogosphere about a recent experiment where physicists created a gas of quantum particles with a negative temperature – negative as in, below absolute zero. This is pretty strange, because absolute zero is supposed to be that temperature at which all atomic motion ceases, where atoms that normally jiggle about freeze in their places, and come to a c...

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