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How Twisted Graphene Became the Big Thing in Physics

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 “It would have been crazy to predict superconductivity based on what we knew,” said Antonio Castro Neto, a physicist at the National University of Singapore. “But science moves forward not when we understand something, it’s when something totally unexpected happens in experiment.”

It’s exceptionally difficult to twist two sheets of graphene exactly 1.1 degrees out of alignment. But this “magic angle” leads to extraordinary effects. “I couldn’t believe it,” said one scientist. “I mean I actually found it beyond belief.”

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