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'Decorated' graphene is a superconductor

Depositing lithium on 2D material generates Cooper pairs

World's thinnest diffraction gratings made from graphene

Ultrathin nano-gratings produce high-contrast interference patterns of massive molecules

Could radon and one of its radioactive isotopes reliably predict an earthquake?

Radon–thoron isotope concentrations may peak before an earthquake

Single photons see the light

Photon–photon interactions pave the way to all-optical quantum computers

Joint quantum-computing venture is a first for China

Online retail giant Alibaba and the Chinese Academy of Sciences open lab in Shanghai

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