Climate change is a notoriously unclickable topic, yet it undeniably captures our imagination, given how often it shows up as a central plot point in films. From Waterworld to the charming animated feature Ice Age, it just keeps coming back.
Many scientists say that reaching absolute zero is a lot like traveling at the speed of light: impossible. Well, some MIT scientists almost pulled a Doc Brown and got a lot closer to the impossible goal by cooling a molecule to 500 nanokelvins. That’s just above absolute zero and about a million times colder than…
You've probably heard of absolute zero, but what do you call the opposite end of the temperature spectrum?
So what exactly did happen during Interstellar's Lazarus mission? Director Christopher Nolan wrote a short comic revealing a crucial moment in Dr. Mann's story. Naturally, expect spoilers below and in the comic.
For a period of 15 days, a cooled copper mass enclosed in a cryostat container may very well have been the coldest object in the Universe. At -273.144 degrees Celsius, it nearly achieved absolute zero. The technique, which resulted a world record, could produce important new insights into exotic particle physics.
If you thought last winter was cold, you should stay as far away from magneto-optical trapping as possible. Yale physicists recently used this technique to cool a molecule of strontium monoflouride down to 2.5 thousandths of a degree above absolute zero. That makes them the world's coldest molecules.
What is Absolute Zero, and does it really exist anywhere in the universe? Could we ever reach Absolute Zero in real life?
Ask scientists a question, and you might get amazing answers. Consider this video, which poses three head-scratchers: what happens to electrons at absolute zero, whatever happened to the light from the Big Bang, and are you any good at sports?
Jeff Fahey and his random scummy colleague have just a few seconds to get to their underground bunker before the Earth's temperature reaches... Absolute Zero! Yes, the temperature is going to be colder than space. But they can outrun it!