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Physicist claims to have observed quantum effects of Hawking Radiation in the lab for the first time

Physicist claims to have observed quantum effects of Hawking Radiation in the lab for the first time

This is a huge deal. A professor at the Israel Institute of Technology says that he has created a virtual black hole and has noted Hawking Radiation firsthand! Hawking Radiation is the idea that if a particle and its antiparticle sat at the very edge of a black hole, one particle would be pulled in and the other would escape, which would be the only instance anything could escape a black hole. Professor Jeff Steinhauer excited two particles in a fluid made from "a Bose-Einstein condensate of rubidium-87 atoms."

Source: http://phys.org/news/2016-08-physicist-quantum-effects-hawking-lab.html

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China launches the first quantum communications satellite – and what is that, exactly?

China launches the first quantum communications satellite – and what is that, exactly?

Quantum Experiments at Space Scale (QUESS) is now officially in the sky. Its purpose: for scientists to observe if quantum physics tests hold in space. It may be an easier environment to test quantum physics by sending particles up into space. Considering few people even understand quantum physics, the results of this experiment are sure to be confusing.

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2016/08/16/china-launches-the-first-quantum-communications-satellite-and-what-is-that-exactly/

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