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New method allows for greater variation in band gap tunability

If you can't find the ideal material, then design a new one.<p>Northwestern University's James Rondinelli uses quantum mechanical calculations to …

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How To Turn Your Old Windows, Mac, Or Linux Laptop Into A PC Gaming Powerhouse

I’m willing to bet you have a dilapidated HP, Gateway, or Dell laptop gathering dust in a closet somewhere. Or perhaps like me you have a MacBook Air that you tote around to conventions or use at home for work, writing, and browsing the web. Maybe an Ubuntu or Linux Mint box is more your speed. …

How It Works: The Highest-Efficiency Solar Cell

I'm going to soak up the sun.<p>Solar cells typically convert no more than 20 percent of incoming energy into electricity, in part because they capture only certain wavelengths of light. Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems have developed a solar cell that converts …

Roll over Einstein: meet Weinstein | Alok Jha

There are a lot of open questions in modern physics.<p>Most of the universe is missing, for example. The atoms we know about account for less than 5% of …

Nanotech roundup: safety concerns, bionic ears and world's smallest movie

Handle with care<p>Concerns about the safety of carbon nanotubes and nanofibres have led to new recommendations on maximum exposure levels from the US …

Quantum Or Not, New Supercomputer Is Certainly Something Else

It's exactly the sort of futuristic thinking you'd expect from Google and NASA: Late last week, the organizations announced a partnership to build a Quantum Artificial Intelligence Lab at NASA's Ames Research Center.<p>But questions surround the new type of computer at the lab's core. D-Wave systems, …

Noah's Ark and the Great Flood: Did it Really Happen?

<i>“In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great</i> …

Samsung Galaxy S4 review: The everything phone for (almost) everyone - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Samsung Galaxy S4</b> has Android 4.2.2, a fantastic camera, a powerful quad-core processor, and software solutions for just about every scenario -- including working as a TV/DVR remote. It's also comfortable in hand and has NFC, a user-replaceable battery, and a microSD storage slot.<p><b>The …

Gear & Gadgets

Will we ever understand what dark matter is made from?

(This piece originally appeared in the “Will we ever?” column at <i>BBC Future</i>. Though I added a few visuals, I left the UK spellings and BBC stylebook …