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Graphene coating boosts battery performance

Carbon layers allows silicon nanoparticles to expand and contract without damage

US survey reveals high value of physicists to industry

"First systematic study" of PhD physicists in the private sector

Spectrometer made from quantum dots is compact and low cost

Devices could someday be used in household appliances

Astroparticle physics funding in the UK is 'critically low', says Institute of Physics

Report says British researchers should expand leadership roles in international projects

Bringing the human eye into focus

New imaging technique resolves the rods and cones at the back of the eye

Quantum cryptography set for lift-off

Satellite transmits qubits to the Earth's surface

Could lasers guide and control the path of lightning?

New method to steer electric discharges around an obstacle uses laser beams

Frequency combs smooth out optical-fibre signals

Research could mean higher bandwidth for optical fibres, and so more data

Thin semiconductors go through the Mott transition

Research could help build photonic devices from novel 2D transition metals

Kirigami patterns make composite materials more stretchy, while staying strong

Method could be used to make flexible electronics and optoelectronic devices

Upgraded LIGO will begin hunt for gravitational waves soon

First data from Advanced Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory expected in September

Does time dilation destroy quantum superposition?

Interplay between gravity and quantum mechanics should be observable on Earth

Graphene light bulb shines bright

Devices could be used to make transparent, flexible displays of the future

Getting the best glimpse of first-generation stars in the universe

VLT sees the brightest distant galaxy and signs of 'population III' stars

US cosmic-ray observatory set for expansion

Telescope Array in the Utah desert plans to quadruple in size