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7th August 2019

World's thinnest gold: 0.47 nanometres

Scientists in the UK have created a new form of gold just two atoms thick. In addition to being the thinnest unsupported gold ever produced, it functions 10 times more efficiently as a catalytic substrate than larger gold nanoparticles.

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6th August 2019

In the future, this electricity-free tech could help cool buildings

A new device can help to cool parts of buildings by up to 11°C (20°F), without using electricity.

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21st June 2019

New computer memory device uses 100 times less energy than DRAM

Researchers have described a new electronic memory device able to record or delete data using 100 times less energy than DRAM and 1,000 times less than Flash.

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2nd June 2019

10,000-fold increase in the rate of chemical reactions

Scientists have exceeded the Sabatier maximum, with a 10,000-fold increase in the rate of chemical reactions, using waves to create an oscillating catalyst.

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7th May 2019

Rare chemical element could power spacecraft for up to 400 years

UK scientists have reported the first generation of usable electricity from americium, which could lead to the development of "space batteries" that power missions for up to 400 years.

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26th April 2019

Dark matter project observes "rarest event ever recorded"

The XENON project has observed the radioactive decay of xenon-124, which has a half-life of 1.8 sextillion years.

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10th April 2019

First ever image of a black hole

Scientists have today announced the first ever image of a black hole, located 54 million light years away in the centre of the M87 galaxy.

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9th March 2019

New optical imaging system could spot tiny tumours

Researchers have demonstrated a new optical imaging system that could enable the discovery of tiny tumours, as small as 200 cells in size, deep within the body.

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6th March 2019

Asteroids may be harder to destroy than previously thought

Incoming asteroids may be harder to break apart than scientists previously thought, based on a study that revises our understanding of rock fracture and a new computer model to simulate asteroid collisions.

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3rd March 2019

Nanoparticle injections create infrared vision

Scientists report the creation of mice with infrared vision, using nanoparticles injected into their eyes. The treatment could one day work in humans.

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15th February 2019

Asteroid mining colonies are technically feasible

Researchers conclude that a hypothetical 500-metre asteroid with its interior hollowed out could provide suitable conditions for a mining colony.

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28th January 2019

New technology uses lasers to transmit audible messages to specific people

Researchers have demonstrated that a laser can transmit an audible message to a person without any type of receiver equipment. The ability to send highly targeted audio signals over the air could be used to communicate across noisy rooms, or warn individuals of a dangerous situation such as an active shooter.

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25th January 2019

Breakthrough in fabricating nanochips

In the quest for smaller, faster 2D processors, researchers have developed a new thermal lithography process with potential for mass production at higher quality and lower cost.

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15th January 2019

IBM unveils quantum computer

IBM has unveiled the IBM Q System One, its first integrated quantum computing system for commercial use.

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14th January 2019

First direct evidence that white dwarfs form crystal cores

The first direct evidence of white dwarf stars solidifying into crystals has been discovered by astronomers. Our own Sun will meet this fate in 10 billion years.

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8th January 2019

Excitons could lead to more efficient electronics

Scientists report a way to control properties of excitons, which could lead to transistors that undergo less energy loss and heat dissipation.

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3rd December 2018

Future devices for cancer treatment could zap tumours in less than a second

New machines, which could see human clinical trials in the 2020s, will reduce the side effects of radiation therapy by vastly shrinking the length of a typical session.

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28th November 2018

Fusion experiment in China exceeds 100 million °C

China has confirmed that plasma in the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) exceeded 100 million degrees Celsius.

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28th October 2018

Future "superhumans" predicted in Stephen Hawking's final essays

In this book, Stephen Hawking leaves us with his final thoughts on the universe's biggest questions. He makes predictions on the future of humanity, including a race of "superhumans" that could emerge as people choose to upgrade themselves.

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