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VP(R)'s Picks: Breakthrough in Understanding Quantum Metals

VP(R)'s Picks: Breakthrough in Understanding Quantum Metals

The “high-temperature” superconductivity of metals holds great promise for enabling highly efficient energy transportation, but it requires extremely cold temperatures that are currently too costly and energy-intensive to replicate. A better understanding of quantum critical metals themselves is needed. New research from Dr Meng Zi Yang in the Department of Physics and his collaborators takes us closer to overcoming this challenge.

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VP(R)'s Picks: Mathematician at the Frontier of Knowledge

VP(R)'s Picks: Mathematician at the Frontier of Knowledge

Theoretical mathematics pushes the limits of human knowledge by probing patterns in the world around us. HKU’s Chair of Mathematics, Professor Ngaiming Mok, is renowned for his achievements in this pursuit.

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VP(R)'s Picks: Patterns of Tyranny

VP(R)'s Picks: Patterns of Tyranny

Renowned HKU Historian Professor Frank Dikӧtter examines some of the worst dictatorships of the 20th century to detect patterns of behaviour and insights on how they seized and retained power.

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VP(R)'s Picks: New Chromatin 'Road Sign' Discovered

VP(R)'s Picks: New Chromatin 'Road Sign' Discovered

Histones help to regulate gene expression as part of the chromatin, which sits at the centre of every cell. The discovery of a new histone mark, called H4K91glu, by Dr Xiang David Li and his team opens the way to a better understanding of human health and disease.

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VP(R)'s Picks: Libra's Challenge to the Global Financial System

VP(R)'s Picks: Libra's Challenge to the Global Financial System

Facebook’s cryptocurrency project, Libra, has the potential to be a gamechanger for the financial world – on a par with the end of the gold standard in the 1970s, according to Professor Douglas Arner and his colleagues. They have been assessing the regulatory implications.

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