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Now's the time to invest in quantum computing skills

Futurists looking ahead for the types of skills that will be required by future generations have highlighted quantum computing skills as a core requirement for preparing for the next technological wave.

Physicists to create new X-ray diagnostics for WEST facility

A team of scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL) has won a DOE Office of Science award to develop new X-ray diagnostics for WEST, the Tungsten (W) Environment in Steady-state Tokamak, in France.

Essential Science: Physicists detect a 'time' crystal

Scientists have uncovered hints of a time crystal. This is a a crystalline form of matter that 'ticks' when exposed to an electromagnetic pulse. The location of the discovery is almost as unusual as the discovery itself.

After death, Hawking cuts 'multiverse' theory down to size

Paris - With a science paper published after his death, Stephen Hawking has revived debate on a deeply divisive question for cosmologists: Is our Universe just one of many in an infinite, ever-expanding "multiverse"?

German physics Nobel laureate Peter Gruenberg dead at 78

Berlin - German physicist Peter Gruenberg, a joint Nobel Prize winner whose work revolutionised digital data storage, has died aged 78, his research centre said Monday.

James Webb space telescope launch date pushed to 2020

NASA has announced a further delay to the James Webb Space Telescope’s launch. The agency had been targeting March-June 2019 for the much-heralded telescope’s liftoff, but technical problems and "avoidable errors" have pushed the launch date to 2020.

Can machines be taught to spot the essential?

Zurich - Physicists are examining the possibility of harnessing machine learning as an integral part of the physical reasoning process, developing platforms to help advance science.

Physicists create new form of light

Physicists have demonstrated that photons can be made to interact with each other, creating what is, in effect, a new form of light. This development could help with the creation of quantum computers.

Black holes dissolving like aspirin: How Hawking changed physics

Paris - When Stephen Hawking postulated in the mid-1970s that black holes leak radiation, slowly dissolving like aspirin in a glass of water, he overturned a core tenet of the Universe.

Stephen Hawking: a brief history of genius

London - Stephen Hawking, who has died aged 76, was Britain's most famous modern day scientist, a genius who dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the Universe.

Stephen Hawking: a brief history of genius

London - Stephen Hawking, who has died aged 76, was Britain's most famous modern day scientist, a genius who dedicated his life to unlocking the secrets of the Universe.

Astronomers detect signal of Universe's first stars

Paris - A signal from the Universe's first stars, born a cosmic heartbeat after the Big Bang, has been detected for the first time, astronomers said Wednesday, setting the science world aflutter.

Einstein's love letters, LPs set for Asian exhibits

Jerusalem - Handwritten pages from Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, letters to his lovers and other parts of his archive stored in Jerusalem are to be exhibited for the first time in Taiwan, China and Japan.

'Graphene-like' nanocomposite battery developed

Technologists have a created a new nanocomposite material that increases battery life and also improves the performance of smartphones, tablets, and laptops. In trials the battery outperformed comparable products.

Physicists discover new form of matter

Physicists have demonstrated, for the first time, the existence of a new form of matter called excitonium. This material has perplexed scientists since it was first theorized, some 50 years ago.

Wild graphene 'tamed' for new electronic devices

A new discovery concerning the controlling of electrons in the 'super'- material graphene could lead to the future production of novel electronic devices.

Essential Science: Graphene leads to efficient dialysis device

Boston - A significant advancement has been made with a medical device, in the form of a dialysis membrane, with the ‘super-material’ graphene at its core. This is a change from the core use of graphene, which is with electronic components.

US trio wins physics Nobel for spotting wrinkles in the cosmos

Stockholm - US astrophysicists Barry Barish, Kip Thorne and Rainer Weiss were awarded the Nobel Physics Prize Tuesday for the discovery of gravitational waves, offering a sneak peek at the Universe's very beginnings.

US trio wins physics Nobel for detection of waves from black hole collisions

Stockholm - US astrophysicists Barry Barish, Kip Thorne and Rainer Weiss were awarded the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for the discovery of gravitational waves, the Nobel jury said.

Hurricane Irma is now one of the most powerful storms in history

Irma has become one of the most powerful storms in history with the National Hurricane Center calling it “potentially catastrophic," with wind speeds of 185 mph, making it a Category 5 storm on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.

Monster X-ray laser offers glimpse into nano-world

Hamburg - The world's most powerful X-ray laser opened Friday in Germany, promising to shed new light onto very small things by letting scientists penetrate the inner workings of atoms, viruses and chemical reactions.

Self-healing rubber invented and triggers business interest

Imagine a tire on a freight vehicle that could heal after being punctured, without the need to call out a breakdown service? This is the technology that has been developed by researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School in the U.S.

Large Hadron Collider detects 'double heavy' particle

Geneva - Scientists have detected a new particle at the Large Hadron Collider at the CERN facility. The particle is described as "double heavy" and it may provide new insights into 'strong forces'.

See why nanowires are the future of electronics

Barcelona - The current consumer demand for small-sized electronic devices requires new approaches for their design. One answer is nanowires, according to scientists from the University of the Basque Country.

Big scientific breakthrough at sub-atomic level holds promise for secure comms

Washington - Chinese scientists have pulled off a major feat with one of the sub-atomic world's weirdest phenomena: photons that behave like twins and experience the same things simultaneously, even over great distances.

Food transforms into 3D shapes in water

Food technologists have created flat sheets made up of gelatin and starch. When these sheets are submerged in water they rapidly develop into three-dimensional structures.

Has a new phase of matter been discovered?

Particle physicists have put forward the notion that possibility that some types of glass may exist in a new state of matter at low temperatures.

Top lab CERN launches key new accelerator

Geneva - Europe's top physics lab CERN launched its newest particle accelerator on Tuesday, billed as a key step towards future experiments that could unlock the universe's greatest mysteries.

Large Hadron Collider detects new subatomic particles

Geneva - The Large Hadron Collider has detected five new subatomic particles. The remarkable discovery may explain how the centers of atoms are held together.

New form of matter may advance quantum computing

In what could overturn our understanding of physics, a new phase of matter has been created. This is called, colloquially at least, “a time crystal.” Here atoms appear to move in a pattern that repeats in time rather than in space.
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Graphene is an allotrope of carbon in the form of a two-dimensional, atomic-scale, honey-comb lattice in which one atom forms each vertex.
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