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27th November 2022

Photochemistry is confirmed on an exoplanet

For the first time, photochemistry is confirmed to be happening on a planet beyond our own Solar System. The James Webb Space Telescope has detected a range of signatures, including sulfur dioxide.

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21st November 2022

Star found to have solid surface

Astronomers using the IXPE space observatory report that a magnetar found 13,000 light-years away has a solid surface with no atmosphere.

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10th November 2022

433-qubit quantum processor revealed

IBM has unveiled 'Osprey', the successor to its Eagle system, featuring the highest ever qubit count for a quantum processor.

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4th November 2022

€3.5 billion 'green steel' project to go ahead

A Swedish company has secured funding to build the first large-scale hydrogen-based steel plant, which could remove 95% of CO2 emissions from the reduction process.

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24th October 2022

New record data transmission speed

The first data transmission to exceed 1 petabit per second (Pbit/s) using only a single laser and a single optical chip has been demonstrated by European researchers.

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2nd October 2022

Smart microrobots walk autonomously

Researchers have installed electronic "brains" on solar-powered robots that are just 100 to 250 micrometres in size, so the tiny machines can walk autonomously without being externally controlled.

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12th September 2022

Efficient simulation of 1 billion particles

By redesigning how fluids are simulated, researchers have demonstrated an order of magnitude speed increase on the previous state-of-the-art for slow-flowing viscous liquids.

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8th July 2022

New record solar cell efficiency

The first tandem perovskite-silicon solar cells to exceed 30% efficiency have been independently certified.

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3rd July 2022

World's first quantum computer integrated circuit

The world's first quantum computer integrated circuit has been demonstrated by researchers in Australia. This could enable accurate simulations of molecules, leading to the creation of new materials.

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18th June 2022

Batteries 98% charged in under 10 minutes

California-based Enovix is developing 3D silicon lithium-ion batteries with faster charging times and higher energy densities than current cells.

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28th May 2022

World's smallest remote-controlled walking robot

The world's smallest remote-controlled walking robot, measuring just half a millimetre wide, has been demonstrated by Northwestern University. Its potential applications include the clearing of blocked arteries.

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4th May 2022

Major advance in microwave power beaming

Researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of terrestrial microwave power beaming by transmitting 1.6 kilowatts (kW) over a distance of 1 kilometre (km) – the most significant advance for this technology in nearly 50 years.

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29th April 2022

Ultra-pure diamond could store 25 exabytes of data

Engineers have developed a way to mass-produce diamond wafers that could store the equivalent of a billion Blu-ray disks on a single device.

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20th March 2022

Transistor gate is just 0.3 nm long

Using graphene and molybdenum disulphide, scientists have made a transistor gate with a length of only 0.3 nanometres, equivalent to just one carbon atom.

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14th March 2022

New record temperature for spherical tokamak

Tokamak Energy has demonstrated a world-first with its privately-funded spherical tokamak. The reactor achieved a plasma temperature of 100 million degrees Celsius, the threshold required for commercial fusion energy.

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9th February 2022

Major breakthrough in fusion energy

The biggest breakthrough in fusion energy since 1997 has been reported today at the Joint European Torus in Oxford, UK, with 59 megajoules produced over five seconds, more than double the previous record.

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29th January 2022

Astronomers discover mysterious new object in space

Astronomers in Australia report the discovery of a repeating transient with an unusually slow spin, occurring just three times an hour. It is believed to be a new class of neutron star or white dwarf.

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20th January 2022

Breakthrough in separating plastic waste

Machines can now distinguish between 12 different types of plastic, thanks to a new camera system developed in Denmark.

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20th January 2022

BMW reveals colour-changing car

German carmaker BMW has demonstrated the use of electrophoretic technology enabling a vehicle's surface to rapidly change its colour. The futuristic concept has potential for a number of interior and exterior applications.

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20th December 2021

New semiconductor design could extend Moore's Law

IBM and Samsung Electronics have jointly announced a breakthrough in semiconductor design, utilising a new vertical transistor architecture that demonstrates a path to scaling beyond the nanosheet.

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