The energy required to power the tools and technology used in our daily lives is often underestimated - a ten-minute Google search, for example, generates enough energy to boil a cup of water. The world is searching for ways to make our technology cleaner, smaller and greener. Now, researchers at the University of Ottawa, the National Research Council Canada, University at Buffalo and the University of Crete have done just that. By studying a single atomic layer, isolated with tungsten disulfide — one of the most lubricious materials known to science — they have discovered that the properties of electrons in a single layer change drastically. This could lead to new everyday technologies that significantly reduce energy consumption.
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