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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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Lumens and Hertz: An Electric Union of Light and Sound

Lumens and Hertz: An Electric Union of Light and Sound

On June 10, 2000, hundreds of thousands of eager pedestrians traversed the newly opened London Millennium Footbridge. However, as more and more pedestrians filtered across, the bridge started to sway. Panicked, they shifted their weight in the opposite direction to

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Real-Time Imaging of Dynamic Surfaces: A new microscope images surfaces 5000 times faster

Real-Time Imaging of Dynamic Surfaces: A new microscope images surfaces 5000 times faster

Researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland, have constructed a new microscope that can be used to observe chemical reactions on surfaces at the molecular level, 5000 times faster than current microscopes.

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Knocking Around Atoms: A chemical synthesis for the quantum age

Knocking Around Atoms: A chemical synthesis for the quantum age

A team of researchers at IBM have succeeded in using a new method of chemical synthesis to create a previously non-synthesizable molecule called triangulene. Both this molecule and its method of synthesis are promising in the budding quantum age.

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Fighting Battery Fires with Microfibers

Fighting Battery Fires with Microfibers

As a possible solution to exploding batteries, the Yicui lab at Stanford has developed a new microfiber safety mechanism contained inside the battery.

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Organic Solar Cells Reach New Heights in Efficiency

Organic Solar Cells Reach New Heights in Efficiency

The old “solar cell” revolution has come to a halt. The types of solar cells that are now widespread were commercialized more than fifty years ago. Despite scientific improvements and increased attention to solar energy, the cost of conventional solar

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Deco Gecko: A Clean Touch to Art

Deco Gecko: A Clean Touch to Art

Materials inspired by gecko feet gather dust as Yale scientists and conservators team up to preserve fine art.

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America’s “New” Oldest Book: Researchers confirm the authenticity of the ancient Mayan Grolier Codex

America’s “New” Oldest Book: Researchers confirm the authenticity of the ancient Mayan Grolier Codex

Despite its bizarre origin story, the Grolier Codex is not only genuine, but also is the oldest surviving book in the Americas.

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The Science of Art: How scientists unmask fakes and forgeries

The Science of Art: How scientists unmask fakes and forgeries

Because forgery is an art in and of itself, experts may not be able to conclusively prove that a piece is a fake based only on visual examination. Enter the scientist. Using modern-day techniques, including instrumental analysis and imaging, scientists and conservators can do their own detective work in the art world.

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