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The force of fluctuations

Strange forces and effects dominate the world at the microscopic level. One such force, rooted in the random fluctuations of matter, has only now been accurately measured — 30 years after it was first predicted.

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Figure 1: Critical fluctuations.

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Balibar, S. The force of fluctuations. Nature 451, 136–137 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1038/451136a

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