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You can have your conductor and insulator, too

By carefully tuning the chemical composition of a particular compound, researchers have created a 'topological crystalline insulator', whose bulk acts as an insulator but whose surface conducts electrical currents through a process that is related to the coupling between the motion and spin of electrons.

Posted: Dec 11th, 2015

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Viable single-molecule diodes

Researchers have designed a new technique to create single-molecule diodes that perform 50 times better than all prior designs.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2015

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Quantum physics problem proved unsolvable

A mathematical problem underlying fundamental questions in particle and quantum physics is provably unsolvable, according to a new report. The findings are important because they show that even a perfect and complete description of the microscopic properties of a material is not enough to predict its macroscopic behavior.

Posted: Dec 10th, 2015

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