The hottest soup in New York

A quark-gluon plasma reaches the highest temperature ever measured in a lab.

By Stephen Ornes, 00:00 AM March 2, 2010

This winter has been a season of breaking records. Last month, athletes at the winter Olympic games in Vancouver broke sports records. A few weeks before that, record-breaking amounts of snow fell on the eastern and southern United States. And on February 15, scientists announced in Washington, D.C., that they had broken

another record — for the highest temperature ever reached in a laboratory.

That new record is 4 trillion degrees Celsius (that’s 7.2 trillion degrees Fahrenheit). By doing ...

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