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Recreating Nature: Scientists Copy Mother Of Pearl
2012-07-26 05:30:27

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Research published July 25 in the journal Nature Communications shows that scientists have for the first time copied the way mother of pearl is created. The scientists wrote in a prepared statement: "Nacre, also called mother of pearl, is the iridescent coating that is found on the inside of some mollusks and on the outer coating of pearls. By recreating the biological steps that form nacre in mollusks, the scientists were able to...

New Solar Cell Grabs More Of The Sun's Energy
2012-02-09 04:24:13

New solar cells could increase the maximum efficiency of solar panels by over 25%, according to scientists from the University of Cambridge. Scientists from the Cavendish Laboratory, the University's Department of Physics, have developed a novel type of solar cell which could harvest energy from the sun much more efficiently than traditional designs. The research, published Feb 8 in the journal Nano Letters, could dramatically improve the amount of useful energy created by solar panels....

2011-07-04 12:45:56

Research reveals vital insight into spintronics Scientists have taken one step closer to the next generation of computers. Research from the Cavendish Laboratory, the University of Cambridge's Department of Physics, provides new insight into spintronics, which has been hailed as the successor to the transistor. Spintronics, which exploits the electron's tiny magnetic moment, or 'spin', could radically change computing due to its potential of high-speed, high-density and low-power consumption....

2011-05-20 00:00:30

Peter B. Littlewood, formerly the head of the Cavendish Laboratory and the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge, has been named the new Associate Laboratory Director for Physical Sciences and Engineering at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory. Argonne, IL (PRWEB) May 18, 2011 Peter B. Littlewood, formerly the head of the Cavendish Laboratory and the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge, has been named the new Associate Laboratory...

2008-10-07 00:00:18

Physicist who proved the existence of the Fermi surface and was the first President of Clare Hall, Cambridge Brian Pippard was a distinguished physicist and university teacher, a talented classical pianist, a historian of science and an able administrator. He enjoyed discussion and debate and he had an impressive knowledge and understanding of classical physics, quantum physics and statistical thermodynamics. He was the Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge University from 1971 to...