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UW fusion reactor concept could be cheaper than coal

University of Washington engineers have designed a concept for a fusion reactor that, when scaled up to the size of a large electrical power plant, would rival costs for a new coal-fired plant with similar electrical output.

Scientists craft a semiconductor junction only three atoms thick

Scientists have developed what they believe is the thinnest-possible semiconductor, a new class of nanoscale materials made in sheets only three atoms thick.

Scientists build thinnest-possible LEDs to be stronger, more energy efficient

University of Washington scientists have built the thinnest-known LED that can be used as a source of light energy in electronics. The LED is based off of two-dimensional, flexible semiconductors, making it possible to stack or use in much smaller and more diverse applications than current technology allows.

Solving a physics mystery: Those ‘solitons’ are really vortex rings

The same physics that gives stability to tornadoes lies at the heart of new UW research and could lead to a better understanding of nuclear dynamics in studying fission, superconductors and the workings of neutron stars.

‘Spooky action’ builds a wormhole between ‘entangled’ particles

New research indicates that a phenomenon called “quantum entanglement” could be intrinsically linked with the creation of wormholes.

A shot in the dark: Detector at UW on the hunt for dark matter

Physicists are using a detector at the UW to search for a particle called an axion, which would be the first physical evidence of the universe’s dark matter.

National Academy of Sciences selects Mary Lidstrom, David Kaplan

Mary Lidstrom and David Kaplan are among the 84 new members announced by National Academy of Sciences.