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Spooky Twins Survive Einsteinian Torture

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Science  09 Nov 2001:
Vol. 294, Issue 5545, pp. 1265
DOI: 10.1126/science.294.5545.1265

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It's a nagging truth that all physicists must face: Relativity and quantum mechanics don't mix, and when they square off, Einstein loses. Now Swiss physicists have brought the two great theories into the arena again. In an experiment that turns commonsense notions of causality on their head, the scientists showed that relativity's tools for dealing with the flow of time are irrelevant in the submicroscopic realm of quantum processes.