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Electrons have been caught flowing through graphene like a liquid, reaching limits physicists thought were fundamentally impossible. This type of conductance is known as ‘superballistic’ flow, and this new experiment suggests it could revolutionise the way we conduct electricity.   If that’s not crazy enough, the super-fast flows actually occur as a result of electrons
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For the first time, physicists have achieved ‘liquid light’ at room temperature, making this strange form of matter more accessible than ever. This matter is both a superfluid, which has zero friction and viscosity, and a kind of Bose-Einstein condensate – sometimes described as the fifth state of matter – and it allows light to actually flow around objects and
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By heating carbon to an intimidating 1,000 degrees Celsius (1,800 degrees Fahrenheit), scientists have discovered a brand new elemental form that’s ultra-strong and ultra-light, but also elastic like rubber and electrically conductive. This new form of carbon not only offers up a range of extraordinary properties – the method used to find it could lead to
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A review of three separate experiments has turned up “remarkably similar” results, pointing to what researchers say is a strong possibility that we’ve found hits of a phenomenon that goes beyond the standard model of particle physics.  When taken together, data from experiments conducted in the US, Switzerland, and Japan, have yielded a result with
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Since the discovery of graphene in 2004, there’s been a proliferation of strange new two-dimensional materials. In all of them, scientists have been chasing one invaluable property – magnetism, which is crucial for data storage, medical devices, and electricity generators. After years of searching, many suspected that true two-dimensional magnets might not actually exist. But
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For the first time, physicists have demonstrated that a universe like ours with three spatial dimensions could actually host a naked singularity – an event so intense, the laws of physics would fall apart. Until now, researchers have only been able to place naked singularities in five-dimensional universes, but by proving that they could theoretically
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Researchers have constructed the world’s thinnest metallic nanowire, creating a stable string of the chemical element tellurium, that measures just one atom thick. The team behind the nanowire says the material is the most precisely configured ‘one-dimensional‘ system yet, and the technique used to produce the one-atom-thick atomic chain could lead to new advances in
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The first direct detection of gravitational waves, a phenomenon predicted by Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity, was reported by scientists in 2016. Armed with this “discovery of the century”, physicists around the world have been planning new and better detectors of gravitational waves.   Physicist Professor Chunnong Zhao and his recent PhD students Haixing