Doubling the efficiency of solar devices would completely change the economics of renewable energy. Here is a design that just might make it possible.
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I’m MIT Technology Review’s research editor. I spend my days taking things extremely seriously and attempting with all my nerdy might to piece together bigger pictures from the bits and shreds of truth I manage to filter from the information barrage. I’m particularly obsessed with the energy-related challenges facing humanity and the future of the Internet.
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Despite the need to reduce carbon dioxide emissions, the burning of coal has only been accelerating.
Biomimetic nanoparticles could be an effective treatment against antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
Underground rocks that react with carbon dioxide to form minerals could offer a safe way to keep the greenhouse gas from reaching the atmosphere.
Laboratory advance shows that nano-imprinting could help the hard drive industry meet its long-term goals for data storage capacity.
New electronic tattoos could help monitor health during normal daily activities.
Researchers have demonstrated a way to give concrete surfaces the ability to heal when small cracks appear, an advance that could allow bridges and other structures to last longer.
An impressive video shows a strand of material that folds itself into prescribed shape underwater. The inventor explains how the underlying idea could be useful.
Newly observed properties mean graphene could be a highly efficient converter of light to electric power.
Cheap natural gas means U.S. electricity producers are buying less coal. But the rest of the world is buying more.