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When Ultra Low Temperature becomes Extreme Low Temperature

Ultra low temperatures. We're just amazed with this universe that is unveiled when we go down the thermometer. Unimaginable processes are possible as predicted by science fiction or really, really smart scientists. In this case, we want to share one of our favorite 'cold' stories about Erick Cornell, Nobel Prize Laureate: "The Nobel Prize in Physics 2001 was awarded jointly to Eric A. Cornell, Wolfgang Ketterle and Carl E. Wieman "for the achievement of Bose-Einstein condensation in dilute gases of alkali atoms, and for early fundamental studies of the properties of the condensates"." The video we are sharing, explained by Cornell himself, illustrates how to achieve the Bose-Einstein condensation, a state of matter in which a diluted gas is brought down near absolute zero. At this point, Quantum effects become apparent. The 'Quantum-world' is of great interest in our everyday life as it is the key to a major leap in computer technology. By implementing Quantum computation, big problems that would take years (that's right, years) to compute in today's machines will be solved in a matter of seconds. If you want more detailed information about this issue, we recommend this Ted Talk video featuring Michelle Simmons at Tedx Sydney. We hope quantum technology arrives in the near future. But for now, we will continue keeping our stable Ultra Low Temperatures..... ultra low. The video is presented by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. We hope you enjoy it.


THERAPEUTIC HYPOTHERMIA: EMBRACING COLD

Heart attack's main risk involves permanent brain damage which is produced by the lack of oxygen to the organ . Many victims wake up looking normal but their brains will never be the same. This interesting story published at The Daily Mail details  the recovery of Mike Burton after the attack. In recent years, cardiologists all over the world have adopted the therapeutic hypothermia treatment which uses "the simplest of technologies: ice" as stated by The Wall Street Journal. The procedure, as described in the article affirms that  "Once a patient's heartbeat is restored, emergency-room doctors, cardiologists and rescue squads are quickly applying ice and other coolants to moderately lower a patient's body temperature by about six degrees. Then the patient is put in a drug-induced coma in intensive care for 24 hours before gradually being warmed back up to normal temperature." And because it's working, many ER facilities have been adopting this treatment, embracing the cold, as we do. We want to share a video from Penn Medicine's Center for Resuscitation Science in which they describe a successful experience with it. We hope you enjoy it.


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