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24th October 2020

World record resolution in cryo-electron microscopy

A novel technique developed by researchers in Germany can visualise individual atoms in a protein with cryo-electron microscopy for the first time.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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30th May 2020

New 5G switches bring better battery life, higher bandwidth and speeds

As 5G hits the market, new U.S. Army-funded research has developed a radio-frequency switch that is over 50 times more energy efficient than what is used today.

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29th May 2020

A sensor only 11 atoms in size

Scientists report the creation of a sensor only 11 atoms in size, which is able to capture magnetic waves. This could lead to spintronics-based computers that work without heating.

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24th May 2020

World's fastest Internet speed: 44.2 Tbps

Scientists have achieved a new world's fastest Internet speed using a single optical chip, at 44.2 terabits per second.

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21st April 2020

New camera captures 3D images with record speed and resolution

Researchers have developed the first megapixel photon-counting camera based on new-generation image sensor technology that uses single-photon avalanche diodes (SPADs).

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1st March 2020

Freeman Dyson, 1923–2020

Freeman Dyson, one of the 20th century's greatest theoretical physicists, died this week aged 96. He is known for popularising the Dyson Sphere – a hypothetical megastructure that could surround an entire star.

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20th February 2020

Major expansion of SETI observations

The SETI Institute and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) have announced a collaboration to bring a state-of-the-art search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) instrument to the Very Large Array (VLA) for the first time.

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18th February 2020

Radiation shielding made 30% lighter

Scientists have demonstrated a new technique for shielding electronics in military and space exploration technology from ionising radiation. The new approach allows cheaper, more effective, lightweight materials.

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17th February 2020

Ultra-fast 3D printing of objects

Researchers in Switzerland have demonstrated a new technique for 3D printing objects in a matter of seconds.

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28th December 2019

New laser method provides ultra-fast observations of electrons

Scientists have demonstrated X-ray Laser-Enhanced Attosecond Pulse generation (XLEAP), a new method for observing the movements of electrons on timescales measured in attoseconds.

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28th November 2019

1,000-times-faster fabrication of atomic-scale computers

A new atomic-scale manufacturing method could enable ultra-efficient computers.

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