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New method allows for greater variation in band gap tunability

If you can't find the ideal material, then design a new one.

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Compact wool measurement tool may find home on the range

Can a field-friendly, reasonably priced fiber measurement tool compare favorably with the high-dollar commercial unit that's set the industry standard for wool fineness measurement since 2000?

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A Cheap Material Boosts Solar Cells by 50 Percent

Researchers have found a way to augment ordinary silicon solar cells with a material called a perovskite.Putting a new kind of photovoltaic material on top of a conventional solar cell can boost ...

19 hours ago from MIT Technology Review

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How a spider spins electrified nanosilk

The cribellate orb spider (Uloborus plumipes) hacks and combs its silk to weave electrically charged nanofibers, a new study suggests.

13 hours ago from ScienceNews

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Taste receptors for hydrogen peroxide allow worms to indirectly detect light

Human taste receptors are specialized to distinguish several distinct compounds: sugars taste sweet, salts taste salty, and acidic compounds taste sour. Now a new study from MIT finds that the ...

Fri 30 Jan 15 from

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Pinholes are pitfalls for high performance solar cells

The most popular next-generation solar cells under development may have a problem the top layer is full of tiny pinholes, researchers at the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate ...

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Crystal light: New light-converting materials point to cheaper, more efficient solar power

University of Toronto engineers study first single crystal perovskites for new applicationsEngineers have shone new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could clear ...

Thu 29 Jan 15 from

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Hedgehog particles break the rules

Spiky structures dissolve in both hydrophobic and hydrophilic solvents – without being "chemically camouflaged".

Thu 29 Jan 15 from Nanotechweb

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Detecting chemical weapons with a color-changing film

In today's world, in which the threat of terrorism looms, there is an urgent need for fast, reliable tools to detect the release of deadly chemical warfare agents (CWAs). In the journal ACS ...

Wed 28 Jan 15 from

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Kevlar-reinforced lithium-ion batteries shouldn't catch fire

While lithium-ion batteries may outperform their older, lower-tech counterparts, they do have one drawback occasionally, they catch fire. This can happen when fern-like metal structures known ...

Wed 28 Jan 15 from Gizmag

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