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From pencil marks to quantum computers

One of the hottest materials in condensed matter research today is graphene Graphene had an unlikely start it began with researchers messing around with pencil marks on paper Pencil lead is actually made of graphite ... - Read More

With 'ribbons' of graphene, width matters: A narrow enough ribbon will transform a high-performance conductor into a semiconductor

Using graphene ribbons of unimaginably small widths just several atoms across a group of researchers at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee UWM has found a novel way to tune the wonder material causing the extremely ... - Read More

Scientists discover how 'plastic' solar panels work

Scientists don't fully understand how 'plastic' solar panels work which complicates the improvement of their cost efficiency thereby blocking the wider use of the technology However researchers at the University of Montreal the Science and ... - Read More

Superconducting-silicon qubits: Using a bottom-up approach to make hybrid quantum devices

Theorists propose a way to make superconducting quantum devices such as Josephson junctions and qubits atom by atom inside a silicon crystal Such systems could combine the most promising aspects of silicon spin qubits with ... - Read More

Up in flames: Evidence confirms combustion theory

Researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Berkeley Lab and the University of Hawaii have uncovered the first step in the process that transforms gas phase molecules into solid particles like soot ... - Read More

Hollow optical fibers for UV light

If you want to send light on a trip through optical fibres with as little loss as possible you should opt for infrared light as is the case for example in the telecommunication networks worldwide ... - Read More

Scientists discover how plastic solar panels work

Scientists don't fully understand how 'plastic' solar panels work which complicates the improvement of their cost efficiency thereby blocking the wider use of the technology However researchers at the University of Montreal the Science and ... - Read More

Smashing new look at nanoribbons: Researchers unzip nanotubes by shooting them at 15,000 mph

Carbon nanotubes unzipped into graphene nanoribbons by a chemical process invented at Rice University are finding use in all kinds of projects but Rice scientists have now found a chemical free way to unzip them ... - Read More

Weave a cell phone into your shirt? Engineers envision an electronic switch just three atoms thick

Computer simulation shows how to make a crystal that would toggle like a light switch between conductive and non conductive structures this could lead to flexible electronic materials and enable a cell phone to be ... - Read More

Scientists use X-rays to look at how DNA protects itself from UV light

The molecular building blocks that make up DNA absorb ultraviolet light so strongly that sunlight should deactivate them yet it does not Now scientists have made detailed observations of a relaxation response that protects these ... - Read More

Team develops a geothermometer for methane formation

Methane is a simple molecule consisting of just one carbon atom bound to four hydrogen atoms But that simplicity belies the complex role the molecule plays on Earth it is an important greenhouse gas is ... - Read More

Long-range tunneling of quantum particles

One of the most remarkable consequences of the rules in quantum mechanics is the capability of a quantum particle to penetrate through a potential barrier even though its energy would not allow for the corresponding ... - Read More

Researchers 'cage' water to see it change form

Scientists are using a pioneering method of 'caging' and cooling water molecules to study the change in orientation of the magnetic nuclei at the centre of each hydrogen atom a process which transforms the molecule ... - Read More

New class of nanoparticle brings cheaper, lighter solar cells outdoors

Think those flat glassy solar panels on your neighbor's roof are the pinnacle of solar technology Think again Researchers in the University of Toronto's Edward S Rogers Sr Department of Electrical & amp Computer Engineering ... - Read More

Method of synthesizing new type of nickel-carbon heterofullerenes

Scientists from several British Spanish and Russian research centers MIPT Institute for Spectroscopy RAS Kurchatov Institute and Kintech Lab Ltd have come up with a method of synthesizing a new type of nickel carbon compound ... - Read More

Evolution of a bimetallic nanocatalyst

Atomic scale snapshots of a bimetallic nanoparticle catalyst in action have provided insights that could help improve the industrial process by which fuels and chemicals are synthesized from natural gas coal or plant biomass A ... - Read More

Better tissue healing with disappearing hydrogels

When stem cells are used to regenerate bone tissue many wind up migrating away from the repair site which disrupts the healing process But a technique employed by a University of Rochester research team keeps ... - Read More

Quantum criticality observed in new class of materials

Quantum criticality the strange electronic state that may be intimately related to high temperature superconductivity is notoriously difficult to study But a new discovery of quantum critical points could allow physicists to develop a classification ... - Read More

60-year-old prediction of atomic behavior confirmed: New experimental path to superfast quantum computing

Researchers at Washington State University have used a super cold cloud of atoms that behaves like a single atom to see a phenomenon predicted 60 years ago and witnessed only once since The phenomenon takes ... - Read More

Electrical control of nuclear spin qubits: Important step towards quantum computers

Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology KIT and their French partners succeeded in making an important step towards quantum computers Using a spin cascade in single molecule magnet the scientists demonstrated how nuclear spins can ... - Read More
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