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Researchers find better way to 'herd' electrons in solar fuel devices

23-Jun-2016

Researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have discovered a new way to optimize electron transfer in semi-conductors used in solar fuel solutions. The finding could have a big impact on devices that convert sunlight into electricity and ...

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The invisible key to methane hydrates

Nanobubbles shown to play a driving role in the formation and decomposition of hydrates

08-Jun-2015

Like the carbon dioxide in a fizzing glass of soda, most bubbles of gas in a liquid don't last long. But nanobubbles persist. These bubbles are thousands of times smaller than the tip of a pencil lead and their stability makes them useful in a variety of applications, from targeted drug delivery ...

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Cuprates earn their stripes

Superconductivity breakthroughs

25-Mar-2015

The Canadian research community on high-temperature superconductivity continues to lead this exciting scientific field with groundbreaking results coming hot on the heels of big theoretical questions. The latest breakthrough, which will be published Science, answers a key question on the ...

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Researchers snap-shot fastest observations of superconductivity yet

12-Mar-2015

An international team of researchers has used infinitely short light pulses to observe ultrafast changes in the electron-level properties of superconductors, setting a new standard for temporal resolution in the field.The scientists - from the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, the University ...

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Phenomenon that fights with superconductivity universal across both flavors of cuprates

20-Jan-2015

Researchers have spotted charge ordering - a phenomenon that interferes with superconductivity - in electron-doped copper-oxide crystals for the first time. The discovery is a critical step towards achieving zero electrical resistance at room temperature.The findings appear in Science, ...

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Designed trees that make it easier to produce paper

07-Apr-2014

Researchers have genetically engineered trees that will be easier to break down to produce paper and biofuel, a breakthrough that will mean using fewer chemicals, less energy and creating fewer environmental pollutants. "One of the largest impediments for the pulp and paper industry as well as ...

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Three-star system to challenge Einstein’s theory of General Relativity

08-Jan-2014

A newly discovered system of two white dwarf stars and a superdense pulsar–all packed within a space smaller than the Earth’s orbit around the sun–is enabling astronomers to probe a range of cosmic mysteries, including the very nature of gravity itself. The international team, which includes UBC ...

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Resistance makes waves

There is a growing understanding of the conditions required for superconductivity and how it can be achieved at realistic temperatures

02-Jan-2014

Even physics can give pointers for energy saving. An international team working together with the Centre for Quantum Materials, run by the Max Planck Society in conjunction with the University of British Columbia (Canada), is now in a position to provide materials scientists with tips for the ...

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Ancient soils reveal clues to early life on Earth

01-Oct-2013

Oxygen appeared in the atmosphere up to 700 million years earlier than we previously thought, according to research published today in the journal Nature, raising new questions about the evolution of early life. Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and University of British Columbia ...

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Superglue for cells

22-May-2013

Scientists in Canada have developed a super-strong membrane adhesive that can stick red blood cells together. The polymer, which is based on the phospholipid head group phosphatidyl choline, could be used to secure cells in particular positions for tissue engineering and wound closure. Research ...

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