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Glowing nanomaterial to drive new generation of solar cells

Physicists have discovered radical new properties in a nanomaterial which opens new possibilities for highly efficient thermophotovoltaic cells, which could one day harvest heat in the dark and turn it into electricity. The research team from the Australian National University (ARC Centre of Excellence CUDOS) and the University of California ...

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Ultrathin organic material enhances e-skin display

University of Tokyo researchers have developed an ultrathin, ultraflexible, protective layer and demonstrated its use by creating an air-stable, organic light-emitting diode (OLED) display. This technology will enable creation of electronic skin (e-skin) displays of blood oxygen level, e-skin heart rate sensors for athletes and many other applications. Integrating electronic ...

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Oh Good: Congress Can’t Even Agree to Protect the US From Zika

Mosquitoes don’t wait for Congress. But mosquito control programs? Public health departments and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention? They do have to wait for Congress, where Republicans are currently holding up  emergency funding for Zika. As the weather warms, ever more Aedes aegypti mosquitoes will hatch along the Gulf Coast, ...

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Zika causes microcephaly and other birth defects, CDC concludes

Scientists at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have concluded, after careful review of existing evidence, that Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects. In the report published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the CDC authors describe a rigorous weighing ...

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Forests synchronize their growth in response to climate change

A new study, with the participation of UPM, has revealed a growing synchrony in ring-width patterns of trees in response to global warming. A multidisciplinary research team consisting of Russian and Spanish researchers, with the participation of a female researcher from School of Forestry Engineering and Natural Resources at Universidad ...

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The Physics of That Crazy Ricochet Hole in One at the Masters

Watch @Louis57TM make a hole-in-one off J.B. Holmes golf ball on No. 16 #themasters — Masters Tournament (@TheMasters) April 10, 2016 It’s not so easy to get a hole in one—you can’t control every part of a ball’s motion towards the hole. So, let’s say this shot is part ...

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