Scientists Just Set a New World Record In Solar Cell Efficiency
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According to a paper published in the journal Science, researchers report they they have now hit an efficiency of 29.15 percent in the perovskite/silicon tandem solar cell category. ScienceAlert reports: For this type of panel, the long-term target of more than 30 percent is now tantalizingly within reach. The latest lab tests edge ahead of […]

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For the First Time Scientists Detect Neutrinos Traced To CNO Cycle Inside the Sun
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NBC News calls it “the ghostly signal that reveals the engine of the universe.” Long-time Slashdot reader fahrbot-bot shares their report: In research published Wednesday in the journal Nature, scientists reported that they’ve made the first detection of almost-ethereal particles called neutrinos that can be traced to carbon-nitrogen-oxygen fusion, known as the CNO cycle, inside […]

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Scientists Discover Outer Space Isn't Pitch Black After All
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Researchers with NASA’s New Horizons say they’ve finally been able to determine if space is truly black. The group has posted their work online, and it will soon appear ini the Astrophysical Journal. NPR reports: New Horizons was originally designed to explore Pluto, but after whizzing past the dwarf planet in 2015, the intrepid spacecraft […]

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CU scientists create batteries that could make it easier to explore Mars
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Clemson SC (SPX) Sep 01, 2020 Electrifying research by Clemson University scientists could lead to the creation of lighter, faster-charging batteries suitable for powering a spacesuit, or even a Mars rover. The research, which was funded by NASA, was recently reported in an article titled “Three-Dimensional Si Anodes with Fast Diffusion, High Capacity, High Rate […]

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Scientists Solve a Mystery By Firing a Laser at the Moon
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“The moon is drifting away,” reports the New York Times. Every year, it gets about an inch and a half farther from us. Hundreds of millions of years from now, our companion in the sky will be distant enough that there will be no more total solar eclipses. For decades, scientists have measured the moon’s […]

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Tulane scientists build high-performing hybrid solar energy converter
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New Orleans LA (SPX) Jul 27, 2020 Tulane University researchers are part of a team of scientists who have developed a hybrid solar energy converter that generates electricity and steam with high efficiency and low cost. The work led by Matthew Escarra, associate professor of physics and engineering physics at Tulane, and Daniel Codd, associate […]

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Perovskite solar cells developed by NTU Singapore scientists record highest power conversion
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Singapore (SPX) Jul 27, 2020 A team of researchers at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) has created a perovskite solar mini module that has recorded the highest power conversion efficiency of any perovskite-based device larger than 10 cm2. Perovskites are new materials that have emerged as promising alternatives to silicon in solar cell […]

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Scientists Pull Living Microbes, Possibly 100 Million Years Old, From Beneath the Sea
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sciencehabit writes: Microbes buried beneath the sea floor for more than 100 million years are still alive, a new study reveals. When brought back to the lab and fed, they started to multiply. The microbes are oxygen-loving species that somehow exist on what little of the gas diffuses from the ocean surface deep into the […]

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Scientists have devised method for gentle laser processing of perovskites at nanoscale
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St Petersburg, Russia (SPX) Apr 23, 2020 Scientists of Far Eastern Federal University (FEFU) in partnership with colleagues from ITMO University, and universities in Germany, Japan, and Australia, have developed a method for precise, fast and high-quality laser processing of halide perovskites (CH3NH3PbI3), promising light-emitting materials for solar energy, optical electronics, and metamaterials. Structured by […]

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USC scientists develop a better redox flow battery
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Los Angeles CA (SPX) Apr 13, 2020 USC scientists have developed a new battery that could solve the electricity storage problem constraining widespread use of renewable energy. The technology is a new spin on a known design that stores electricity in solutions, sorts the electrons and releases power when it’s needed. So-called redox flow batteries […]

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