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Beware of Plausible Predictions of Fantasy Materials


Surface of topological insulator

The surface of a topological insulator, as seen under a scanning tunnelling microscope.

Credit: Yazdani Lab/Princeton University

The hunt is on for materials that have exotic properties, to enhance quantum computers, touch screens and electronic displays, and to double the efficiency of solar cells, for example. 

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