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Metal nanotubes make for better batteries

Electronic properties affect lithium-ion performance

Finding better ways to pack polyhedrons

"Angry alien spider" emerges from packing calculations

Data stored in magnetic holograms

New memory could offer high density and quick access

'Dropleton' quasiparticle makes its debut

Semiconductor excitation behaves like a liquid droplet

How to steer a qubit using sideways glances

New technique lifts the lid on Schrödinger's cat

Ordering electron and nuclear spins in quantum wires

Spontaneous magnetic order of spins observed at 0.1 K

Researchers spin a yarn into a muscle

Everyday polymer fibres used to create artificial muscles

New cochlear implant takes the middle road

Low-power microchip would be implanted in the ear

Microscope exploits spooky action at a distance

Entangled photons allow higher-contrast microscopy

Graphene oxide makes perfect sieve

Membranes could be ideal in water filtration and desalination technologies

Electron coincidence spectroscopy arrives on the bench top

Surface science technique no longer needs a synchrotron

Electronic whiskers could help robots navigate

Life-like structures can detect a gentle breeze

Pyramid powers polarizing light source using quantum dots

Method could be used to develop energy-saving LCD screens and for quantum cryptography

Heat cloaks hide objects in 3D

Thin layers steer heat around large objects

Ballistic electrons go further in nanoribbons

Puzzling results challenge conventional model of graphene