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Thermodynamic magic enables cooling without energy consumption

Theoretically, this experimental device could be boiling water to ice without using any energy. Credit: Andreas Schilling, UZH              Physicists at the University of Zurich have developed an amazingly simple device that allows heat to flow from a cold to a hot surface without to external power supply. Intriguingly, the process initially appears to contradict the fundamental laws of physics. …

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Quantum Correlations Reverse Thermodynamic Arrow of Time

Some laws should not be broken. Take the second law of thermodynamics, which states that entropy – a measure of disorder – never decreases in an isolated system. Glass breaks, cream spreads in the coffee, eggs crawl – but never vice versa. For this reason, heat always moves from hot to cold: this increases the total entropy. The law is …

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