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Graphene Substitute Known as Silicene Has Been Produced

Silicene is a two-dimensional allotrope of silicon, similar to graphene.

In 2010, researchers have observed for the first time silicon structures that are suggestive of silicene.


The scientists at the Germany's Max Planck Institute, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, University of Utah, and Tsinghua University, Beijing have now created a Graphene transistor composed of 13 benzene rings. It has been named as Caronene

eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL)

XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) is a freely available, market-driven, open, and global standard for exchanging business information.

In News: The ministry of heavy industries and public enterprises plans to adopt the eXtensible Business Reporting Language (XBRL) for filing of data by public sector enterprises (PSEs).

The finance ministry is considering using the tool for its proposed goods and services tax (GST).

Courtesy: The Hindu and Times of India