17th October 2020
Superconductivity achieved at 15°C
A room-temperature superconductor has been demonstrated. Although requiring a high pressure of 269 gigapascals (GPa), this new compound is a 28°C improvement on the previous record.
6th September 2020
Molecular analyser is 100 times faster
A new infrared spectroscopy method, 100 times faster than previous techniques, is reported by the University of Tokyo.
5th September 2020
Largest known black hole merger is confirmed
Astronomers have confirmed the largest known black hole merger, which also provides the first clear evidence of an intermediate-mass black hole, estimated at 142 solar masses.
24th August 2020
New fastest Internet speed: 178 Tbps
Scientists have achieved a data transmission rate of 178 terabits per second (tbps) – a speed at which you could download the entire Netflix library in less than a second.
15th August 2020
Quantum coherence breakthrough: 10,000 times longer
Universal coherence protection has been achieved in a solid-state spin qubit – a modification allowing quantum systems to stay operational ("coherent") for 10,000 times longer than before.
16th July 2020
Pentadiamond, a new addition to the carbon family
Pentadiamond has been theorised by scientists in Japan. They calculate it has a Young's modulus of almost 1700 GPa, compared with 1200 GPa for conventional diamond.
10th July 2020
Robot scientist discovers a new catalyst
Researchers at the University of Liverpool have built an intelligent, mobile, robotic scientist that can solve a range of research problems and has already discovered a new catalyst.
20th June 2020
Possible first detection of axion particle
Physicists at the XENON dark matter research facility report an "excess" of 53 events, which may hint at the existence of hypothetical particles called solar axions.
13th June 2020
Carbon nanotube transistors make the leap from lab to factory floor
In a major leap forward for computer chip technology, researchers have shown that carbon nanotube transistors can be made rapidly in commercial facilities, with the same equipment used to manufacture traditional silicon-based transistors.
31st May 2020
Nanodevices track how cells change from inside
For the first time, scientists have added microscopic tracking devices into the interior of cells, giving a peek into how development starts.
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