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Team improves solar-cell efficiency

New light has been shed on solar power generation using devices made with polymers, thanks to a collaboration between scientists in the University of Chicago's chemistry department, the Institute ...

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Startup scales up graphene production, develops biosensors and supercapacitors

An official of a materials technology and manufacturing startup based on a Purdue University innovation says his company is addressing the challenge of scaling graphene production for commercial ...

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A more efficient, lightweight and low-cost organic solar cell

For decades, polymer scientists and synthetic chemists working to improve the power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells were hampered by the inherent drawbacks of commonly used metal ...

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Artificial 'beaks' that collect water from fog: A drought solution?

From the most parched areas of Saudi Arabia to water-scarce areas of the western U.S., the idea of harvesting fog for water is catching on. Now, a novel approach to this process could help meet ...

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A Nanosized Hydrogen Generator

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory have created a small scale "hydrogen generator" that uses light and a two-dimensional graphene platform to boost ...

9 hours ago from Newswise

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Stonehenge's most intricate archaeological finds were probably made by children

Some of the most high-status pieces of prehistoric "bling", prized by Stonehenge's Bronze Age social elite, are likely to have been made by children, according to new research.

Wed 17 Sep 14 from The Independent

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Environmentalists and industry duke it out over plastic bags

Campaigns against disposable plastic shopping bags and their environmental impact recently scored a major win. In August, California lawmakers passed the first statewide ban on the bags, and ...

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Making Microscopic Stained Glass, From Algae

During the height of the Victorian era, some of the finest works of art could only be viewed through a microscope. Their materials: The tiniest flotsam and jetsam of nature, and glue. Starting ...

12 hours ago from Discover Magazine

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Using solar energy to turn raw materials into ingredients for everyday life

( —Just about everything we touch in the course of a day - car, phone, computer, fridge, detergent - even medicines, rely on the chemical industry to turn raw materials such as petroleum ...

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Research team aims to improve plant-based battery with neutrons, simulation

( —When Orlando Rios first started analyzing samples of carbon fibers made from a woody plant polymer known as lignin, he noticed something unusual. The material's microstructure—a ...

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