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Article ID: 713345

Data science helps engineers discover new materials for solar cells and LEDs

University of California San Diego

UC San Diego engineers have developed a high-throughput computational method to design new materials for next generation solar cells and LEDs. Their approach generated 13 new material candidates for solar cells and 23 new candidates for LEDs. Calculations predicted that these materials, called hybrid halide semiconductors, would be stable and exhibit excellent optoelectronic properties.

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Article ID: 713321

3-million-year-old fossilized mouse reveals evolutionary secrets of color

University of Manchester

The evolutionary use of colour for mammal's survival in the wild is evident from, red foxes, to zebras. Today an international team,

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22-May-2019 11:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 713275

New Argonne Battery Design Offers ​“Solid” Advantage

Argonne National Laboratory

In a new study from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory, researchers have identified a new boundary layer that emerges between a lithium metal anode and a lithium transition metal oxide (LLZO) electrolyte, potentially leading to improved battery stability.

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21-May-2019 4:35 PM EDT
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Article ID: 713258

Strain Enables New Applications of 2D Materials

American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Superconductors’ never-ending flow of electrical current could provide new options for energy storage and superefficient electrical transmission and generation. But the signature zero electrical resistance of superconductors is reached only below a certain critical temperature and is very expensive to achieve. Physicists in Serbia believe they’ve found a way to manipulate superthin, waferlike monolayers of superconductors, thus changing the material’s properties to create new artificial materials for future devices. They discuss their work in the Journal of Applied Physics.

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21-May-2019 3:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 713247

Brookhaven's Mircea Cotlet Named a Battelle "Inventor of the Year"

Brookhaven National Laboratory

The global science and technology organization Battelle recognized materials scientist Mircea Cotlet of Brookhaven Lab's Center for Functional Nanomaterials for his research in applying self-assembly methods to control the interfaces between nanomaterials and other light-interacting components.

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21-May-2019 10:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 713230

How to program materials

Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

Can the properties of composite materials be predicted? Empa scientists have mastered this feat and thus can help achieve research objectives faster. This leads, for instance, to better recycling techniques and electrically conductive synthetic materials for the solar industry.

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21-May-2019 6:05 AM EDT
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Article ID: 713174

Dark Matter Sheds Light to Medical Technology

Augustana University, South Dakota

Dr. Drew Alton, associate professor of physics at Augustana University, is conducting research on how dark matter can be applied to improve future PET [positron emission tomography] detectors, which offer imaging scans that allow doctors to check for diseases in the human body.

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20-May-2019 3:50 PM EDT
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Article ID: 712829

Ultra-Clean Fabrication Platform Produces Nearly Ideal 2D Transistors

Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science

Columbia Engineering researchers report that they have demonstrated a nearly ideal transistor made from a 2D material stack—with only a two-atom-thick semiconducting layer—by developing a completely clean and damage-free fabrication process. Their method shows vastly improved performance compared to 2D semiconductors fabricated with a conventional process, and could provide a scalable platform for creating ultra-clean devices in the future.

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14-May-2019 12:05 PM EDT
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Article ID: 713066

Record-shattering underwater sound

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

A team of researchers has produced a record-shattering underwater sound with an intensity that eclipses that of a rocket launch. The intensity was equivalent to directing the electrical power of an entire city onto a single square meter, resulting in sound pressures above 270 decibels.

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16-May-2019 5:05 PM EDT

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