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2013-02-12 15:18:26

Researchers at the Vienna University of Technology show that a recently discovered class of materials can be used to create a new kind of solar cell.

2013-01-25 10:55:45

A new way of making crystalline silicon, developed by U-M researchers, could make this crucial ingredient of computers and solar cells much cheaper and greener.

New Class Of Hydrophobic Ceramics From Rare Earth Elements
2013-01-22 05:13:50

A research team from MIT has now come up with a new class of hydrophobic ceramics that are durable in the face of rough treatment and extreme temperatures.

Chiton Teeth Inspire Solar Cell, Lithium-ion Improvements
2013-01-17 05:50:53

A new study led by the University of California, Riverside's Bourns College of Engineering is using the teeth of a coastal California marine snail to create less costly and more efficient nanoscale materials in an effort to improve solar cells and lithium-ion batteries.

Ulstrastable Glass Gets Its Properties From Tetris-Like Structure
2013-01-07 13:27:01

While exploring ways to create this ultrastable glass on a shorter timetable, researchers have gained some key insights into the bizarre structure of glasses as well as how it affects their properties.

Real-Time CT-Scan Test Rig For Ceramic Composites At Ultrahigh Temperatures Developed
2012-12-10 16:41:08

Advanced ceramic composites can withstand the ultrahigh operational temperatures projected for hypersonic jet and next generation gas turbine engines, but real-time analysis of the mechanical properties of these space-age materials at ultrahigh temperatures has been a challenge – until now.

Liquid Metals Have Different Breaking Points
2012-11-26 08:55:23

Mathematical methods developed by a Berkeley Lab researcher help explain why liquid metals have wildly different breaking points, depending on how they are made

2012-10-24 12:05:33

For the first time, scientists have observed how droplets within solids deform and burst under high electric voltages.


Word of the Day
alicorn
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.
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