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Harvard-Yale team on trail of electron’s mysteries

CAMBRIDGE — A flexible blue tube snakes through labyrinthine hallways at Harvard University, traveling alongside rows of pipes before it ducks into a basement room filled with the bleating mechanical chirp of a laboratory refrigerator. Here, the tube feeds laser light to a table-top experiment that could help illuminate questions as profound as why the universe as we know it exists.

In an age where the best-known physics experiments involve big teams and bigger money, this setup is more home-grown apparatus than industrial-scale science. The plastic tube protects cables that channel laser light from an adjacent building and was strung by graduate students.

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