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Atomic chip fabrication could still be a futuristic goal, however. Despite the abilities and availability of modern-day fiber-optic technology, the house of theory and experiment is still divided on this technologically challenging problem.
Because the device confines the condensate on such a small scale and in very tight traps, it will be easier to tailor the properties of the atom cloud to suit a particular experiment.
Shooting stars are set to grace the night sky with a spectacular light display this weekend. The annual Perseid meteor shower will reach its peak during the early hours of Monday, but it will be visible from Saturday night until Tuesday morning.