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A More Efficient, Lightweight and Low-Cost Solar Cell

Scientists trying to improve the power conversion efficiency of organic solar cells were long hampered by drawbacks of metal electrodes. Now comes a more efficient, easily processable and lightweight solar cell that can use any metal for the...
18-Sep-2014 2:40 PM EDT

Chemist Receives National Pharmacopeia Award

Khaja Muneeruddin is one of three promising young scientists to recently receive the 2014-15 Global Fellowship Award from the United States Pharmacopeial Convention, dual publishers of the official pharmacopeia and National Formulary, the book of...
16-Sep-2014 1:00 PM EDT

New Research Questions Legitimacy of Corporate Ratings and ‘Best-Of’ Lists

New research published by the UMass Amherst Labor Center raises questions about the legitimacy of popular corporate ratings systems and industry “best-of” lists. In “The Corporate Rating Sham: The Case of T-Mobile,” Tom Juravich, professor...
11-Sep-2014 11:00 AM EDT

New ‘Green Growth’ Report Shows How the U.S. Can Cut Carbon Pollution by 40 Percent While Creating 2.7 Million New Jobs

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A new report from the UMass Amherst Political Economy Research Institute and the Center for American Progress shows that the United States can cut its carbon pollution by 40 percent from 2005 levels and create a net increase of 2.7 million clean...
8-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT

CloudLab Will Allow Tests of New Cloud Architectures

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Computer systems engineers have a three-year NSF grant to create a new instrument for the national research community known as a cloud laboratory. CloudLab will allow scientists to run huge or complex experiments on an enormous and flexible new...
20-Aug-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Making Eco-Friendly ‘Pre-Fab Nanoparticles’

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A team of materials chemists, polymer scientists and device physicists this week report a breakthrough technique for controlling assembly of nanoparticles over multiple length scales that may allow cheaper, ecologically friendly manufacture of...
12-Aug-2014 3:00 PM EDT

What Triggered Abrupt Climate Change in Paleo Arctic?

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Climate scientists at UMass Amherst have a three-year NSF grant to study an extremely thick, immobile area of ice that may once have covered much of the Arctic Ocean during glacial periods, providing new insights into its possible role in, and...
11-Aug-2014 3:30 PM EDT

Learning from Origami to Design New Materials

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Scientists want to design new materials that have desired physical properties rather than relying on these to emerge naturally. Now origami-based folding methods may “tune” the physical properties of thin sheets, leading to micro machines that...
7-Aug-2014 1:00 PM EDT

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