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Rice Ties in Race for Atomic-scale Breakthrough

November 17, 2009

physics graphic Everybody loves a race to the wire, even when the result is a tie. The great irony is the ultraprecise clocks that could result from this competition could probably break any tie. The Rice University lab of physicist Tom Killian published a paper online this month demonstrating the long-sought creation of a Bose-Einstein condensate of strontium atoms. Full Story

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