On November 5th 1955 the fictional Doctor Emmitt Brown was hanging a clock in his bathroom when he slipped and hit his head on the side of a sink. As he recovered from the blow, he had a vision: he would build the flux capacitor and thereby make time travel possible. A not-fictional team of scientists from Australia and Switzerland recently invented one in real life. But don’t go nuts: it breaks time-reversal symmetry, but it does not make time travel possible. What it does: The real-life flux capacitor is like a tuning fork for quantum systems. It channels microwaves…

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