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Cold atoms are being launched into space. This video reveals why

The Bose-Einstein condensate is a recently discovered state of matter, but why has this strange conglomerate of cold atoms captivated both physicists and chemists alike? We looked into the history and quirks of cold matter and why the International Space Station may soon be home to the coolest spot in the universe.