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Colored diamonds are a superconductor’s best friend

Flawed but colorful diamonds are among the most sensitive detectors of magnetic fields known today, allowing physicists to explore the minuscule magnetic fields in metals, exotic materials and even human […]

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Researchers build nonflammable lithium ion battery

In studying a material that prevents marine life from sticking to the bottom of ships, researchers have identified a surprising replacement for the only inherently flammable component of today’s lithium-ion […]

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A Micro-Muscular Break Through

Vanadium dioxide is poised to join the pantheon of superstars in the materials world. Already prized for its extraordinary ability to change size, shape and physical identity, vanadium dioxide can […]

New theory may revolutionize superconductors

New theory may revolutionize superconductors

High-temperature superconductors exhibit a frustratingly varied catalog of odd behavior, such as electrons that arrange themselves into stripes or refuse to arrange themselves symmetrically around atoms. Now two physicists propose […]

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Why Blood Stem Cells Live So Long

The blood stem cells that live in bone marrow are at the top of a complex family tree. Such stem cells split and divide down various pathways that ultimately produce […]

Time is ripe for fire detection satellite

Time is ripe for fire detection satellite

As firefighters emerge from another record wildfire season in the Western United States, University of California, Berkeley, scientists say it’s time to give them a 21st century tool: a fire-spotting […]

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A Grand Unified Theory of Exotic Superconductivity?

Years of experiments on various types of high-temperature (high-Tc) superconductors—materials that offer hope for energy-saving applications such as zero-loss electrical power lines—have turned up an amazing array of complex behaviors […]

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On the Road to Fault-Tolerant Quantum Computing

Reliable quantum computing would make it possible to solve certain types of extremely complex technological problems millions of times faster than today’s most powerful supercomputers. Other types of problems that […]