News tagged with illumination

This spot on Mercury (almost) never goes dark

Mercury, traveling in its 88-day-long orbit around the Sun with basically zero axial tilt, has many craters at its poles whose insides literally never see the light of day. These permanently-shadowed locations have been found ...

dateApr 26, 2013 in Space Exploration
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New inexpensive solar cell design

One of the most promising technologies for making inexpensive but reasonably efficient solar photovoltaic cells just got much cheaper. Scientists at the University of Toronto in Canada have shown that inexpensive nickel can ...

dateAug 03, 2010 in Nanomaterials
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Plasmonics: Growth lamps for nanoparticles

Just as gardeners can use 'growth lamps' to stimulate plant growth, materials scientists can now promote uniform growth of decahedron-shaped silver nanoparticles while they are in solution. These 10-faced solids, only tens ...

dateOct 10, 2012 in Nanophysics
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Billion people invited to switch off lights

Around a billion people living in the world's major cities are being invited to turn off their lights at 8:30 p.m. local time on Saturday for "Earth Hour," described as the biggest mass campaign to demand action on climate ...

dateMar 26, 2009 in Environment
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Mini beamer in a cellphone or PDA

(PhysOrg.com) -- Looking at photos on a cellphone display can be somewhat arduous. A new mini beamer will make it easier. The beamer is so small that it can be integrated in a cellphone or a PDA. As it does not need an extra ...

dateJun 02, 2009 in Engineering
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