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Scientists use light to purge defects from solar cells

All it takes is a humid day.<p>The last decade has seen a radical drop in the price of solar panels, driven largely by advances in manufacturing and installation. Researchers are developing solar cells that are even cheaper, using perovskite crystals, a cost-effective alternative to silicon typically …

Clean Energy

Caltech's optical quantum memory chip stores data in a flash

Researchers at Caltech have developed a computer chip that can store quantum information in the form of light, at the nanoscale. The breakthrough is …

Quantum Mechanics

3 animals inspiring the armor of the future

Seashells, fish, and spiders may hold the key to better bulletproof vests.<p>The animal kingdom is full of formidable armors. Some creatures don rigid shells or bony plates. Others favor a more flexible coating of scales. All of these shields are specialized to help their wearer withstand whatever …

Engineering

This Glowing Crystal Has the Quantum Internet Within Reach

And the key element is already found in fluorescent lights and old TVs.<p>The quantum computer has the potential to revolutionize the 21st century, …

Quantum Mechanics

China plans to ban sales of fossil fuel cars entirely

China’s big electric vehicle push is about to get even bigger: The country is planning to end the sale of fossil fuel-powered vehicles entirely, with regulators working currently on a timetable of when the ban will ultimately take effect, according to Bloomberg.<p>China is the world’s largest auto …

Energy

Researchers find 'internal clock' within live human cells

A Closer Look<p>A new study by researchers at New York University (NYU), as published in the journal <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> …

Biology

Cancer detected in just 10 seconds with new device

Ten seconds is all it could take to detect cancerous tissue during surgery, thanks to a novel device that researchers believe has the potential to …

Cancer

Bizarre theoretical particle could finally pave the way for superfast quantum computers

It is widely thought Majorana particles might turn out to be the ideal information carriers in certain designs for quantum computing.<p>The first of a …

Quantum Mechanics

Gut bacteria found to trigger gene that protects against type 1 diabetes

Researchers have discovered that a powerful guardian gene known to protect against a variety of autoimmune diseases, including type 1 diabetes, is …

Microbiome

Electricity-free Stanford system cuts cooling costs by beaming heat into space

Heat naturally flows from hot things to cold things, and since there are few places colder than the vacuum of space, that's a great place to try to …

Clean Energy

How a simple ethanol injection could revolutionize some cancer treatments

Scientists have known for some time that ethanol can kill cancer cells, but several limitations held it back from becoming a broadly used treatment. …

Cancer

Regular nanoparticle injections could help burn away the beer belly

You're probably familiar with white fat – it's the stuff that all-too-easily accumulates around our bellies and thighs. But not all fat is created …

Weight Loss

Acer aims for home theaters and public venues with two new projectors

Two days before the doors at Europe's biggest consumer tech show opens to the public – IFA 2017 in Berlin, Germany – Acer has announced two …

Acer

Groundbreaking gene therapy for cancer approved for use in US – but it's expensive

The FDA has just approved Kymriah, a new form of genetically modified T-cell immunotherapy for treating young patients with a type of blood and bone …

Cancer

New cancer treatment can eradicate tumors, scientists say

Scientists unveiled a new cancer treatment on Monday that can remove tumors, reduce side effects and prevent the disease from coming back better than current techniques.<p>The treatment, called Caspase Independent Cell Death (CICD), showed to effectively remove tumors in experimental models. Unlike …

Cancer

Icy molecules hold 25,000 gigabytes in a space the size of a quarter

A team from the University of Manchester has made a major breakthrough in the field of molecular data storage proving that high volumes of data can …

IT

This T-Shirt Sewing Robot Could Radically Shift The Apparel Industry

In a soon-to-open Arkansas factory, 21 production lines manned by the Sewbot will be capable of making 1.2 million T-shirts a year–and the ripple effects will soon be felt in garment factories in the developing world.<p>When the Chinese clothing manufacturer Tianyuan Garments Company opens its newest …

Manufacturing

Future Audis May Get Glass Roofs With Integrated Solar Cells

For an ever so slightly extended range<p>The idea of owning a car that can run entirely on solar power is pretty cool. Unfortunately, like flying cars, solar-powered cars are unlikely to happen anytime soon. But future Audis may take a step in that direction by charging their batteries with their …

Clean Energy

Microsoft's new record: Speech recognition AI now transcribes as well as a human | ZDNet

Microsoft speech-recognition systems now match professional human transcribers but understand nothing.<p>A speech-recognition system developed by …

Artificial Intelligence

New superbug-fighting antibiotics found in human breast milk

With the rise of antibiotic-resistant "superbugs," the pressure is on for scientists to develop new molecules, materials and methods to keep us from …