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Early Universe

Physicists hope that Bose-Einstein condensates can help them understand the very early Universe.

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Cosmologists think that in its first moments, the Universe ballooned from a subatomic size to bigger than a grapefruit. But testing theories about this period is difficult, because researchers cannot recreate such extreme conditions.

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