News archive - April 2020

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

New refrigerator allows study of chemical reactions at quantum level

A molecule with ice forming

Researchers have discovered the first working refrigerator for cooling molecules to ultracold temperatures. These can be powerful candidates for running quantum computers and quantum simulators.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Unprecedented glimpse inside quasar unveils black hole at its heart

Timeline of the core of quasar 3C 279 moving over the course of a week

A distant quasar – a pulsating firestorm burning brighter than a trillion suns, half the universe away from Earth – harbours a supermassive black hole. And we can now see it with unprecedented clarity, thanks to a team of researchers from the global Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) collaboration.

The EHT team conducted the highest-resolution measurements yet of a quasar called 3C 279, using the same interconnected global array of telescopes they utilized to capture the now-iconic image of a black hole, published in April 2019.

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