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Solar cell mystery solved, expected to greatly increase efficiency

(Phys.org)—For the past 17 years, spiro-OMeTAD, has been keeping a secret. Despite intense research efforts, its performance as the most commonly …

Solar-plane pilots say trip was also test of human endurance

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — The two Swiss pilots taking turns to fly a solar-powered airplane around the world said Sunday the endeavor is not only a demonstration of the importance of renewable energy but also of the many challenges the human body can endure.<p>Pilot Bertrand Piccard completed a …

Pacific Ocean

'Like entering a prison': Japan's leprosy sufferers reflect on decades of pain

A class action has lifted the lid on years of mistreatment which saw ‘polluted’ victims rounded up and condemned to a life of isolation and neglect<p>Three years after the end of the second world war, Shinji Nakao stepped off a boat on to Nagashima island, convinced that his life was about to take a …

Disability

Jimmy Bain, Bassist for Dio and Rainbow, Dead at 68

"He was a very kind and gentle and generous soul and our lives were greatly enriched for having known him," Vivian Campbell writes<p>Jimmy Bain, bassist …

Pictures of the Week 1.22.15

The Last Joint American-French Military Operation Was During the Revolutionary War

If France de­cides to join the United States in a strike against Syr­ia, it would be the first time Amer­ic­an and French forces have con­duc­ted a …