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One of the deepest mysteries in quantum physics is the wave-particle duality: every quantum object has properties of both a wave and a particle. Nowhere is this effect more beautifully demonstrated than in the double-slit experiment: streams of particles (photons, electrons, whatever) are directed at a barrier with two narrow openings. While each particle shows up at the detector individually, the population as a whole creates an interference pattern as though they are waves. Neither a pure wave nor a pure particle description has proven successful in explaining these experiments.

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I wish I understood how the hell this all works.

It seems as though it would be very fun if I could understand it, but Schroedinger and his damned cat ruined it for me.
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OK so this is definitely a step forward in science terms. To make it simple, this experiment has been done dozens of time and produces the same results each time but all previous experiments (that I know about) were done with particles or atoms, and this was done with molecules. Essentially the are proving that the same thing happens on a larger scale. Interesting...
    
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