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Here's the Cliff Notes version. This is the first time "negative temperatures" have been attained in a gas. [Neg. temps in other modes were produced as early as 1957. -jd] They did it with gas by constraining the individual atoms of potassium into carefully calculated lattice patterns by means of magnets and lasers.

Update: I found the press release for the non-scientific media. It is excellent.

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