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Super-efficient solar cells can power homes in unforgiving areas

Scientists have long talked about black silicon (that is, silicon with nano-sized structures) having the potential to trump conventional solar power, and there's now some proof that this is happening. Aalto University researchers have developed black silicon solar cells that achieve a record 22.1 …

Markets React to Weak Retail Sales Report

U.S. retail sales in April were flat, the Commerce Department said, below even the modest expectations of a 0.2% rise, as consumer spending did not rebound from the brutal winter. It’s a mark against the theory that the first quarter’s weak GDP was driven primarily by temporary factors. You can’t …

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Here are 2 forces that’ll boost US housing for years

The US housing market comeback is far from over.<p>Morgan Stanley credit analysts led by Vishwanath Tirupattur believe that positive trends will continue because of two major forces: favorable demographics and further improvements in the labor market.<p>"[We] note that the millennial generation is …

Tesla thinks turn signals will solve liability in semi-autonomous cars

In vehicles with self-driving features, who takes the blame for a crash? Tesla may have an answer. The <i>Wall Street Journal</i> understands that the turn signal activation of the Model S' car-passing autopilot is largely about liability. When you flick the signal stalk, you're conveying your intent -- if …

This is how BMW became the top selling luxury car company in the U.S.

In 1975, when Bayerische Motoren Werke AG opened its first dealership in the U.S., the German maker of sporty cars and motorcycles was barely known …