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Zero-Coupon Bond

A bond that pays no interest. It is sold at a discount from par and matures at par. These are fairly illiquid investments because they do not benefit from changes in interest rates. However, they tend to be low-risk. Zero-coupon bonds fluctuate in price, sometimes dramatically, with changes in interest rates. Sometimes zero-coupon bonds are issued as such; other times they are bonds stripped of their coupons by a financial institution and resold as zero-coupon bonds. A zero-coupon bond is less formally known as a zero.
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The rapid progress of low-temperature physics in going ever further down will create a growing need for a measure that is appropriate in that domain and thermodynamically consistent with the divergence at absolute zero. The present empirical temperature scale does not need to be replaced by an inverse temperature scale because it is consistent with the physiological sensation of hot and cold and thus useful.
Diamond worked closely with Domark to create an enhanced version of Absolute Zero that would take advantage of the Diamond technology, including curved surfaces, full texture mapping of objects, theater of war environments and other graphics-intensive features.
Absolute zero is called such because atoms would stop moving at that temperature and therefore, it is not possible for anything to be colder than that.
To produce Sakharov oscillations, Chin's team chilled a flat, smooth cloud of 10,000 or so cesium atoms to a billionth of a degree above absolute zero, creating an exotic state of matter known as a two-dimensional atomic superfluid.
We are not suggesting a zero limit because there will be cases where an individual would register slightly above zero, even when they had not been drinking and doubt whether an absolute zero would be enforceable and acceptable to the public."
The result of their work will be shown Tuesday evening, when the PBS program "Nova" airs the first of two hourlong specials, "Absolute Zero: The Conquest of Cold."
ANSWERS: 1 Newcastle-under-Lyme; 2 Orange Peel; 3 Crescent-shaped; 4 Mustard gas; 5 1960; 6 Blue Moon; 7 On His/Her Majesty's Service; 8 Absolute zero; 9 Lancashire; 10 1948.
They star t off as very cold areas with temperatures just above absolute zero. Because of the very low temperature, the gases in the cloud become molecular
The calorimeter had been successfully cooled to 0.06[degrees]C above absolute zero in late July, and mission engineers had demonstrated the instrument's high-resolution capabilities during onboard calibration tests.
Its physics and astronomy laboratories were once the base for Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, the distinguished scientist who first discovered the temperature of absolute zero at the end of last century.
The British physicist William Thomson, later Baron Kelvin (1824-1907), pointed out in 1848 that it was not volume loss that was crucial, but energy loss; that energy loss affected all matter, liquids and solids as well as gases; and that the rate of loss was such that absolute zero should be reached at - 273[degrees] C.