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Towards more efficient solar cells

A layer of silicon nanocrystals and erbium ions may help solar cells to extract more energy from the ultraviolet (UV, high-energy) part of the solar spectrum. Experimental physicists from the FOM Foundation, ...

Aug 13, 2014 4.7 / 5 (16) 6

Attack Ebola on a nanoscale

(Phys.org) —The Ebola virus outbreak in West Africa has claimed more than 900 lives since February and has infected thousands more. Countries such as Nigeria and Liberia have declared health emergencies, ...

Aug 15, 2014 4.6 / 5 (16) 3

Snow has thinned on Arctic sea ice

From research stations drifting on ice floes to high-tech aircraft radar, scientists have been tracking the depth of snow that accumulates on Arctic sea ice for almost a century. Now that people are more ...

Aug 13, 2014 3.7 / 5 (20) 43