I enjoy reading news stories about developments in the field of quantum physics but freely admit that it’s a subject I just cannot seem to get my mind wrapped around. But this development brings the quantum show a little bit closer to the world that we actually experience. (via kottke)

Andrew Cleland at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and his team cooled a tiny metal paddle until it reached its quantum mechanical ‘ground state’ — the lowest-energy state permitted by quantum mechanics. They then used the weird rules of quantum mechanics to simultaneously set the paddle moving while leaving it standing still. The experiment shows that the principles of quantum mechanics can apply to everyday objects as well as as atomic-scale particles.

Could be a real problem at traffic lights.