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A New Coldest Place in the Universe

by Kenny Hoeschen

Today, the coldest place in the universe the Boomerang Nebula, with a temperature of just 1 Kelvin — a single degree above absolute zero. But that honor is going to change soon and the new coldest spot will be inside the International Space Station. As The Atlantic reports, the “Cold Atom Lab” is an “atomic refrigerator” of sorts that will be able to get down to temps as low as  100 pico-Kelvin above absolute zero (with “pico” denoting one-trillionth). The Cold Atom Lab will be used to study Bose-Einstein Condensates. And maybe to free a banana and use it has a hammer, like they do with liquid nitrogen?

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