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Newswise: Crystal Light: New Family of Light-Converting Materials Points to Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Power and LEDs

Crystal Light: New Family of Light-Converting Materials Points to Cheaper, More Efficient Solar Power and LEDs

University of Toronto

Engineers have shone new light on an emerging family of solar-absorbing materials that could clear the way for cheaper and more efficient solar panels and LEDs. The materials, called perovskites, are particularly good at absorbing visible light, but had never been thoroughly studied in their purest form: as perfect single crystals. Using a new technique, researchers grew large, pure perovskite crystals and studied how electrons move through the material as light is converted to electricity.

Channels: DOE Science News, Engineering, Materials Science, All Journal News, Energy,

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29-Jan-2015 4:00 PM EST
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Newswise: Record Number of Female First-Year Students Join Canada’s Top-Ranked Engineering School

Record Number of Female First-Year Students Join Canada’s Top-Ranked Engineering School

University of Toronto

Women now account for 30.6 per cent of first-year students in U of T Engineering programs: a record for the Faculty and a number that surpasses all other Ontario universities. It is the only engineering school in Ontario with female first-year enrollment of more than 30 per cent. National figures are expected later this year from Engineers Canada.

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28-Jan-2015 6:00 AM EST
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18-Dec-2014 2:00 PM EST
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Education Empowers Canadians but Raises Risks of Overwork and Work-Family Stress

University of Toronto

The higher your level of education, the greater your earnings and your sense of “personal mastery” or being in control of your fate, University of Toronto researchers say. But wait: there’s a downside.

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20-Nov-2014 11:00 AM EST
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Genetic Testing for Personalized Nutrition Leads to Better Outcomes

University of Toronto

Personalized dietary advice based on a person’s genetic makeup improves eating habits compared to current “one-size-fits-all” dietary recommendations, says a University of Toronto researcher.

Channels: Genetics, Nutrition, PLOS ONE, All Journal News,

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19-Nov-2014 12:35 PM EST
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25-Aug-2014 11:00 AM EDT
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New Research Helps Explain Why Elderly Are Prone to Sleep Problems

University of Toronto

Reported online today in the journal Brain, findings from researchers at the University of Toronto and Harvard University show that a group of inhibitory neurons, whose loss leads to sleep disruption in experimental animals, are substantially diminished among the elderly and individuals with Alzheimer’s disease.

Channels: Neuro, Seniors, Sleep, All Journal News, Featured: DailyWire, Featured: MedWire,

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19-Aug-2014 4:00 AM EDT
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One Third of Adults with Dyslexia Report They Were Physically Abused During Their Childhood

University of Toronto

Adults who have dyslexia are much more likely to report they were physically abused before they turned 18 than their peers without dyslexia, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Toronto and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill.

Channels: Children's Health, Mental Health, All Journal News, Featured: DailyWire, Featured: LifeWire, Featured: MedWire,

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3-Jul-2014 12:05 AM EDT
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Newswise: New Class of Nanoparticle Brings Cheaper, Lighter Solar Cells Outdoors

New Class of Nanoparticle Brings Cheaper, Lighter Solar Cells Outdoors

University of Toronto

Researchers in the University of Toronto’s Edward S. Rogers Sr. Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering have designed and tested a new class of solar-sensitive nanoparticle that outshines the current state of the art employing this new class of technology. This new form of solid, stable light-sensitive nanoparticles, called colloidal quantum dots, could lead to cheaper and more flexible solar cells, as well as better gas sensors, infrared lasers, infrared light emitting diodes and more.

Channels: DOE Science News, Technology, Energy,

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9-Jun-2014 10:00 AM EDT
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University of Toronto Biologists Pave the Way for Improved Epilepsy Treatments

University of Toronto

University of Toronto biologists leading an investigation into the cells that regulate proper brain function, have identified and located the key players whose actions contribute to afflictions such as epilepsy and schizophrenia. The discovery is a major step toward developing improved treatments for these and other neurological disorders.

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6-Jun-2014 10:30 AM EDT
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