October 9, 2017

WE ARE ALL DESIGNIST NOW:

Schrödinger's fridge: physicists find the act of observation can make heat flow backwards : Simply observing a quantum system may be enough to temporarily turn thermodynamics on its head. (Michael Lucy, 10/09/17, Cosmos)

Heat flows from hot things to cold things. That's common sense. It's also one way to state the second law of thermodynamics, which is notoriously one of the universe's strictest rules.

In the nanoscale world ruled by quantum mechanics, however, causing heat to flow backwards may be as easy as making an observation.

According to a theoretical paper published in Nature Quantum Materials, by Angel Rubio of the Universida del Pais Vasco in San Sebastian, Spain, and colleagues, this is yet another way in which common sense goes out the window in the quantum realm.

Posted by at October 9, 2017 10:04 AM

  

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