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July 23, 2014
Self-cooling solar cells boost power, last longer
Washington DC (SPX) Jul 23, 2014
Scientists may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells-keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday Sun. By adding a specially patterned layer of silica glass to the surface of ordinary solar cells, a team of researchers led by Shanhui Fan, an electrical engineering professor at Stanford University in California has found a way to let solar cells cool themselves by shepherding away unwanted thermal radiation. The researchers d ... read more
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NIST shows ultrasonically propelled nanorods spin dizzyingly fast
Vibrate a solution of rod-shaped metal nanoparticles in water with ultrasound and they'll spin around their long axes like tiny drill bits. Why? No one yet knows exactly. But researchers at the Nati ... more

Low cost technique improves properties of nanomaterials
The challenges faced by researchers in modifying properties of nanomaterials for application in devices may be addressed by a simple technique, thanks to recent innovative studies conducted by scien ... more

NIST develops prototype meter test for hydrogen refueling stations
To support the fair sale of gaseous hydrogen as a vehicle fuel, researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a prototype field test standard to test the ac ... more


Creating optical cables out of thin air
Imagine being able to instantaneously run an optical cable or fiber to any point on earth, or even into space. That's what Howard Milchberg, professor of physics and electrical and computer engineer ... more


A new multi-bit 'spin' for MRAM storage
Interest in magnetic random access memory (MRAM) is escalating, thanks to demand for fast, low-cost, nonvolatile, low-consumption, secure memory devices. MRAM, which relies on manipulating the magne ... more
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Fires are a major cause of wind farm failure
Fire is the second leading cause of accidents in wind turbines, after blade failure, according to new research. Wind farming is one of the leading industries in the renewable energy sector. Ho ... more

Technique simplifies the creation of high-tech crystals
Highly purified crystals that split light with uncanny precision are key parts of high-powered lenses, specialized optics and, potentially, computers that manipulate light instead of electricity. Bu ... more
24/7 News Coverage
New water balance calculation for the Dead Sea

Sharks are Collateral Damage in Commercial Fishing

Size and age of plants impact their productivity more than climate

NASA Starts Campaign To Probe Ocean Ecology, Carbon Cycle

Has Antarctic sea ice expansion been overestimated?

NRL Reveals New Meteorological Insight into Mid-Level Clouds

Global warming 'pause' reflects natural fluctuation


China's Xi eyes increased investment in Cuba
Chinese President Xi Jinping visited Cuba on Tuesday to expand investment in the fellow communist nation, his last stop on a four-country Latin American charm offensive. ... more

iPhone sales boost profits; as smartwatch patents granted
Apple on Tuesday reported that its quarterly profit climbed with strong iPhone demand, but a decline in iPad tablet sales put a damper on its results. ... more

Microsoft profit hurt by Nokia, but revenues jump
Microsoft said Tuesday profits took a hit from its newly acquired Nokia phone division but that revenues got a strong lift from cloud services. ... more
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Virgin Islands one step closer to renewable energy goal
U.S. solar developer NRG Energy Inc. said its latest acquisition will help the Virgin Islands meet its renewable energy consumption targets. ... more

Failed Marx letter sale disappoints Chinese capitalists
A letter by the late Karl Marx, the German philosopher who offered an alternative to capitalism, has failed to sell in Communist-ruled China because the auctioneer set too high a price. ... more
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Comet ISON's Dramatic Final Hours

India could return to Mars as early as 2017

OCO-2 Data to Lead Scientists Forward into the Past

World's Largest Spacecraft Welding Tool Will Build Core Stage of NASA's Space Launch System

Chelyabinsk Meteorite Sheds Light on Dinosaur Extinction Mystery

Is The Universe A Bubble? Let's Check

Next ISS Cargo Spacecraft Rolls Out to Pad


Construction starts on carbon capture plant in Kentucky
The U.S. Department of Energy said construction started on a $19.5 million carbon capture research project at a coal power station in Kentucky. ... more

Using LED lighting to reduce streetlight glare
Long hours of nighttime driving can cause eyestrain because while our vision adapts to the surrounding darkness, the sudden stabs of brightness from streetlamps can be irritating, distracting and ev ... more

Cheap and easy software provides highly accurate real-time data on traffic
Researchers at the University of Granada have designed new software that provides real time data on traffic. It is a device that provides information on traffic flow between cities. Drivers can use ... more

19th Century Math Tactic Tweak Yields Answers 200 Times Faster
A relic from long before the age of supercomputers, the 169-year-old math strategy called the Jacobi iterative method is widely dismissed today as too slow to be useful. But thanks to a curious, num ... more

An anti-glare, anti-reflective display for mobile devices?
If you've ever tried to watch a video on a tablet on a sunny day, you know you have to tilt it at just the right angle to get rid of glare or invest in a special filter. But now scientists are repor ... more


Canadian Solar Responds to WTO Ruling Against US Photovoltaic Import Duties
Canadian Solar has released this statement on behalf of Thomas Koerner, General Manager of the Company's America's division, in response to the World Trade Organizations ("WTO's") ruling against the ... more

China's Xi signs Venezuela resource deals on LatAm blitz
Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a raft of oil and mineral deals with Venezuela Monday, his latest stop on a Latin American tour showcasing China's growing influence in the region. ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
US Air Force to launch new surveillance satellites

The X-Gen Men at 1600 and Number 10

IBM's Watson advises US soldiers on life after service

This time for the PLA: Chinese army shows off dancing robots

Saab buys ThyssenKrupp's Swedish submarine shipyard

Rising civilian deaths fuel outrage in Pakistan offensive

USAF orders ground approach radar for Saudi Arabia


Volvo Trucks mulls impact of US fine on marine engines


Marine life thrives around offshore wind farms


Yahoo builds mobile muscle with Flurry buy


China Internet population reaches 632 million: govt


Accused Android app pirates face criminal charges


U.S. ranks 13th among 16 economies in energy efficiency


China's Xi hails 'new horizons' in ties with Argentina


Directly visualizing hydrogen bonds


Economic development not the only influence on personal car use


Biofuels benefit energy security, Secretary Moniz says

No-wait data centers

Lighthouse Solar is getting off the Solarcoaster

Gurudwara Sahib Commissions Sunpreme's PV Solar System

DVP to Install Northern Virginia's Largest Solar Energy System Yet

A new stable and cost-cutting type of perovskite solar cell

Self-cooling Solar Cells Boost Power, Last Longer

French minister opposes Australian firm's plan to ship waste

In air tragedy, lightning strikes twice for Malaysia

Plus-sized parking spaces for Chinese women drivers

Amazon launches unlimited e-book subscription plan

Lockheed Martin Opens Space Technology Office In United Kingdom

Effects of starvation can be passed to future generations

Medical advances turn science fiction into science fact

Water problems lead to riots, deaths in South Africa

Britain enlists public in fight to save dwindling bees

Italian cruise ship wreck prepared for final voyage

Investigators struggle to reach MH17 crash site in strife-torn Ukraine

Are Ants the Answer to CO2 Sequestration?

New study links dredging to diseased corals

China leader signs Brazil deals on Latin America trip

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