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Can Flags Make Energy?

Can Flags Make Energy?

Jorge Silva Leon and a team of researchers at the University of Manchester recently published a paper in Applied Energy on a technology that generates energy on a much smaller scale than ususal—the microgrid. Powering the ever-expanding microgrid of mobile

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The Future of Fusion Energy

The Future of Fusion Energy

The Future of Fusion Energy by Jason Parisi (YC ’16), a PhD student at Oxford, and Justin Ball, a researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, attempts to shift the culture of popular science surrounding fusion energy. For decades,

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Jaime Teevan (TD ’98): Technology with people in mind

Jaime Teevan (TD ’98): Technology with people in mind

As an undergraduate computer science major at Yale, Jaime Teevan (YC ’99) sold her senior thesis to the company she had interned at the summer before. Since then, she has continued studying how computers can help people manage information and

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Eyes on the Road: Designing sensors for self-driving cars that see through rain, sleet, and snow

Eyes on the Road: Designing sensors for self-driving cars that see through rain, sleet, and snow

The future of the automobile industry depends on the in­novations of imaging sensors used in autonomous vehicles. Soon, more cars on the road will be self-driven with greater ac­curacy and spatial awareness than ever before. One challenge of autonomous cars

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Harvesting a Wide Range of Light: Computational chemistry & organic synthesis create a new light-absorbing molecule

Harvesting a Wide Range of Light: Computational chemistry & organic synthesis create a new light-absorbing molecule

Nothing is perfect, but often, nature comes pretty close. Photosynthesis, the process that converts light into electrochemical energy, is something researchers want to emulate. It happens to be the single biochemical process that sustains life on Earth, not least because

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Holding onto Energy: New insights into lithium sulfur batteries

Holding onto Energy: New insights into lithium sulfur batteries

Batteries have revolutionized modern life. Now, there is a push for bat­teries to undergo their own revolution. The electronics we use on a dai­ly basis run on lithium-ion batteries, but a new battery with lower cost and higher energy density

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New, Inexpensive Nanoscale Polymers Have Many Potential Applications

New, Inexpensive Nanoscale Polymers Have Many Potential Applications

Imagine if we could turn all the world’s saltwater into drinking water using a simple filter with tiny pores to catch salt particles. Such purification technology, which could save millions of lives, may be possible using materials called nanophase-separated block

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Powered by the Sun: How surface properties of an iron ore affect solar fuel efficiency

Powered by the Sun: How surface properties of an iron ore affect solar fuel efficiency

Though the earth’s remaining stores of nonrenewable energy sources like fossil fuels are becoming less abundant, the deleterious effects of these energy sources are not similarly diminishing. As a result, the search for renewable energy sources has burgeoned over the

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Testing Einstein

Testing Einstein

The quest to extend physics beyond the Standard Model will take a new turn this February, as an upgraded accelerator at the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization (KEK) in Japan begins its inaugural six-month data collection run. The experiment, dubbed

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The Role of Error in Quantum Computing

The Role of Error in Quantum Computing

The future of information technology may be in the qubit. The term, a combination of quantum and bit, is used to refer to an electronic circuit that functions as the basis of quantum computing. It relies on the principle of

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