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14th June 2021

New record distance for quantum communications

Toshiba has achieved quantum communications over optical fibres exceeding 600 km in length, three times further than the previous world record distance.

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10th June 2021

Future washable smart clothes powered by Wi-Fi

In the future, ordinary clothes could be turned into smart fabrics that are both waterproof and wirelessly powered.

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1st June 2021

Chinese fusion reactor sets world record

China's EAST tokamak has achieved a new world record for superheated plasma, with its reactor becoming 10 times hotter than the core of the Sun.

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23rd May 2021

Atoms viewed at highest ever resolution

Researchers at Cornell University have developed a new microscopy technique that can shrink spatial resolutions to less than 20 picometres.

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8th May 2021

New 3D printing process uses wood waste

Desktop Metal has become the first manufacturer to upcycle wood waste into 3D printing for the creation of custom and luxury wood products.

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6th May 2021

New extraction method could revolutionise mining

A new process that involves drilling electrodes directly into an ore body could lead to a more sustainable mining industry, without the need to remove huge volumes of surface soil and overburden.

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24th April 2021

Carbon dioxide turned into oxygen on Mars

This week, NASA's Perseverance rover performed a test of its MOXIE instrument to convert carbon dioxide into oxygen for the first time on Mars.

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19th April 2021

Ultra-white paint cools surfaces by 10°C

Researchers have demonstrated the whitest ever paint formulation, which reflects up to 98.1% of sunlight and could reduce the need for energy-hungry air conditioners.

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9th April 2021

First ever 3D atomic imaging of amorphous solid

Researchers have solved a 100-year-old problem in science – capturing the 3D structure of an amorphous solid, in this case metallic glass.

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17th March 2021

First model of physical warp drives

A theoretical way to create a sub-light warp drive has been described that does not require negative mass. This could enable fast travel through our Solar System and onwards to distant star systems.

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16th March 2021

Earth's oxygen will last another billion years

A new study calculates how long Earth's oxygen-rich atmosphere will persist, with a most likely timeframe of 1.08 billion years until the planet is rendered uninhabitable for most life.

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