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Possible diamond-graphene read head for quantum computers

Nitrogen-vacancy centers in diamonds could be used to construct vital components for quantum computers. But hitherto it has been impossible to read optically written information from such systems electronically. Using a graphene layer, researchers have now implemented just such a read unit.

Dec 1st, 2014

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New material makes water and oil roll off

Car finish, to which no dirt particles adhere, house fronts, from which graffiti paints roll off, and shoes that remain clean on muddy paths - the material 'fluoropore' might make all this possible.

Nov 28th, 2014

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Organic layer adds light particles

Solar cells can only use photons with energies above a specific threshold to generate electricity. A German-Australian research collaboration has now combined solar cells with an organic material which can 'add up' low-energy photons to yield higher-energy light, which can then be harvested by the solar cell.

Nov 27th, 2014

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Single-atom gold catalysts may offer path to low-cost production of fuel and chemicals

New catalysts have potential to greatly reduce processing costs in future fuels like hydrogen. The catalysts are composed of a unique structure of single gold atoms bound by oxygen to sodium or potassium atoms, supported on non-reactive silica materials. They demonstrate comparable activity and stability with catalysts comprising precious metal nanoparticles on rare earth and other reducible oxide supports when used in producing highly purified hydrogen.

Nov 27th, 2014

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