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New state of matter detected in a two-dimensional material

An international team of researchers have found evidence of a mysterious new state of matter, first predicted 40 years ago, in a real material. This state, known as a quantum spin liquid, causes electrons - thought to be indivisible building blocks of nature - to break into pieces.

Posted: Apr 4th, 2016

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Catching more of the sun

Combining quantum dots and organic molecules can enable solar cells to capture more of the sun's light, researchers report.

Posted: Apr 4th, 2016

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Scientists push valleytronics one step closer to reality

Scientists have taken a big step toward the practical application of 'valleytronics', which is a new type of electronics that could lead to faster and more efficient computer logic systems and data storage chips in next-generation devices.

Posted: Apr 4th, 2016

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Carbon nanotubes move into the fast lane

For the first time, researchers have shown that carbon nanotubes as small as eight-tenths of a nanometer in diameter can transport protons faster than bulk water, by an order of magnitude.

Posted: Apr 4th, 2016

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