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Rock crystals from the deep give microscopic clues to earthquake ground movements

“Microscopic imperfections in rock crystals deep beneath Earth’s surface play a deciding factor in how the ground slowly moves and resets in the aftermath of major earthquakes, says new research involving the University of Cambridge. The stresses resulting from …

Astronomers spot a ‘blinking giant’ near the centre of the Galaxy

“Astronomers have spotted a giant ‘blinking’ star towards the centre of the Milky Way, more than 25,000 light years away. An international team of astronomers observed the star, VVV-WIT-08, decreasing in brightness by a factor of 30 …

Atom swapping could lead to ultra-bright, flexible next generation LEDs

“An international group of researchers has developed a new technique that could be used to make more efficient low-cost light-emitting materials that are flexible and can be printed using ink-jet techniques. The researchers, led by the University of Cambridge and …

Ultra-high-density hard drives made with graphene store ten times more data

“Graphene can be used for ultra-high density hard disk drives (HDD), with up to a tenfold jump compared to current technologies, researchers at the Cambridge Graphene Centre have shown. The study, published in Nature Communications, was carried out in collaboration …

Fibre-optics used to take the temperature of Greenland Ice Sheet

“Scientists have used fibre-optic sensing to obtain the most detailed measurements of ice properties ever taken on the Greenland Ice Sheet. Their findings will be used to make more accurate models of the future movement of the world’s second-largest …

Following atoms in real time could lead to better materials design

“Researchers have used a technique similar to MRI to follow the movement of individual atoms in real time as they cluster together to form two-dimensional materials, which are a single atomic layer thick. The results, reported in the journal Physical …

New result from LHCb experiment challenges leading theory in physics

“UK particle physicists have today announced ‘intriguing’ results that potentially cannot be explained by the current laws of nature. This new result offers tantalising hints of the presence of a new fundamental particle or force that interacts differently with these …

Hubble sees new atmosphere forming on a rocky exoplanet

“For the first time, scientists using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have found evidence of volcanic activity reforming the atmosphere on a rocky planet around a distant star. The planet, GJ 1132 b, has a similar density, size, and …

Light used to detect quantum information stored in 100,000 nuclear quantum bits

“Researchers have found a way to use light and a single electron to communicate with a cloud of quantum bits and sense their behaviour, making it possible to detect a single quantum bit in a dense cloud. The researchers, from …

Portrait of young galaxy throws theory of galaxy formation on its head

“A team led by KICC visitor Dr Federico Lelli has peered 12 billion years into the past, revealing a distant galaxy with an unexpected appearance. Scientists have challenged our current understanding of the way galaxies form by unveiling pictures of …