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Bacteria-powered solar cell converts light to energy, even under overcast skies

06-Jul-2018

University of British Columbia researchers have found a cheap, sustainable way to build a solar cell using bacteria that convert light to energy. Their cell generated a current stronger than any previously recorded from such a device, and worked as efficiently in dim light as in bright ...

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Theory of general relativity proven yet again in new research

06-Jul-2018

In a novel test of Einstein's theory of general relativity, an international group of astronomers has demonstrated that the theory holds up, even for a massive three-star system. Einstein's theory states that all objects fall the same way despite their mass or composition, like a cannonball and ...

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Silicon breakthrough could make key microwave technology much cheaper and better

25-May-2018

Researchers using powerful supercomputers have found a way to generate microwaves with inexpensive silicon, a breakthrough that could dramatically cut costs and improve devices such as sensors in self-driving vehicles. "Until now, this was considered impossible," said C.R. Selvakumar, an ...

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A faster and more efficient way to process information

15-May-2018

University of Waterloo chemists have found a much faster and more efficient way to store and process information by expanding the limitations of how the flow of electricity can be used and managed. In a recently released study, the chemists discovered that light can induce magnetization in ...

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Cheaper and easier way found to make plastic semiconductors

26-Apr-2018

Cheap, flexible and sustainable plastic semiconductors will soon be a reality thanks to a breakthrough by chemists at the University of Waterloo. Professor Derek Schipper and his team at Waterloo have developed a way to make conjugated polymers, plastics that conduct electricity like metals, ...

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Cracking eggshell nanostructure

01-Apr-2018

How is it that fertilized chicken eggs manage to resist fracture from the outside, while at the same time, are weak enough to break from the inside during chick hatching? It's all in the eggshell's nanostructure, according to a new study led by McGill University scientists. The findings could ...

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Mass production of new class of semiconductors closer to reality

13-Feb-2018

Two Waterloo chemists have made it easier for manufacturers to produce a new class of faster and cheaper semiconductors. The chemists have found a way to simultaneously control the orientation and select the size of single-walled carbon nanotubes deposited on a surface. That means the developers ...

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This is your brain. This is your brain outdoors

The brain acts much differently when we're outdoors

31-Jan-2018

The brain acts much differently when we're outdoors compared to when we're inside the lab, a new study has found. "It happens when we're doing normal, everyday activities, like riding a bike," explained Kyle Mathewson, a neuroscientist in UAlberta's Department of Psychology. Mathewson and his ...

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Artificial photosynthesis gets big boost from new catalyst

22-Nov-2017

A new catalyst created by U of T Engineering researchers brings them one step closer to artificial photosynthesis -- a system that, just like plants, would use renewable energy to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into stored chemical energy. By both capturing carbon emissions and storing energy from ...

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Phosphorus Rubber

Poly-(1-phospha-isoprene): phosphorus-containing natural rubber analogue

11-Jul-2017

Goodyear’s 1839 discovery of the vulcanization of natural rubber obtained from rubber trees marks the beginning of the modern rubber industry. A variety of synthetic rubber products were subsequently developed. Scientists have now introduced a new, interesting variant: a phosphorus-containing ...

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