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Sunlight degrades polystyrene much faster than expected

October 17, 2019

Polystyrene persists in the environment for millennia, according to some international governmental agencies. This estimate is based on…
Getting more heat out of sunlight

July 8, 2019

A newly developed material that is so perfectly transparent you can barely see it could unlock many new…
How much sunlight did you get today? Cheap personalized sensors could help answering this question

October 4, 2018

Sun can be beneficial for us, but it can also be damaging. You want to get your daily…
New nanoporous metal foams uses sunlight to clean up water

February 15, 2018

Professor Davide Mattia from the University of Bath’s Department of Chemical Engineering has been awarded a five-year EPSRC(Engineering and Physical Sciences Research…
Scientists on the road to discovering impact of urban road dust

January 17, 2018

In an attempt to better understand the urban environment and its components, scientists have discovered that sunlight causes…
Reduced sunlight may contribute to winter weight gain

January 12, 2018

We may have a new reason, in addition to vitamin D generation, to bask in a little sunshine.…
Ray of hope for more abundant wheat crops

August 21, 2017

Crops such as wheat could be up to 21% more efficient at turning the sun’s energy into food,…
Window Blinds With Integrated Solar Panels

May 23, 2017

SolarGaps are a window blinds with integrated energy generating solar panels. It saves energy by keeping incoming sunlight…
Device pulls water from dry air, powered only by the sun

April 19, 2017

Imagine a future in which every home has an appliance that pulls all the water the household needs…
Artificial photosynthesis steps into the light

March 27, 2017

Rice University scientists have created an efficient, simple-to-manufacture oxygen-evolution catalyst that pairs well with semiconductors for solar water…
Team tests new device that finds sunshine on cloudy days

January 23, 2017

It was cold and cloudy. Campus was still being cleaned up after a December ice storm. Nevertheless, atop…
Major advance in solar cells made from cheap, easy-to-use perovskite

November 9, 2016

Solar cells made from an inexpensive and increasingly popular material called perovskite can more efficiently turn sunlight into…
Water helps assembly of biofibers that could capture sunlight

September 14, 2016

When it comes to water, some materials have a split personality – and some of these materials could…
MIT develops self-shading windows

August 12, 2016

A team of researchers at MIT has developed a new way of making windows that can switch from…
Making a Solar Energy Conversion Breakthrough With Help From a Ferroelectrics Pioneer

August 11, 2016

Designers of solar cells may soon be setting their sights higher, as a discovery by a team of…
UI scientists using sunlight, water to make clean energy

June 16, 2016

University of Iowa researchers are working with a California-based startup company to make clean energy from sunlight and…
Study reveals new insights into light color sensing and transfer of genetic traits

May 12, 2016

An international team led by Indiana University researchers has uncovered the regulation of a system that allows a…
Link between cholesterol and vitamin D production identified

April 19, 2016

UNSW scientists have identified a molecular switch in the body that regulates production of two substances vital to…
UC San Diego Researchers Link Higher Risk of Leukemia to Low Sunlight and Vitamin D

January 7, 2016

Epidemiologists at University of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that persons residing at higher latitudes, with…
A new way to store solar heat

January 7, 2016

Imagine if your clothing could, on demand, release just enough heat to keep you warm and cozy, allowing…
New concepts emerge for generating clean, inexpensive fuel from water

October 30, 2015

An inexpensive method for generating clean fuel is the modern-day equivalent of the philosopher’s stone. One compelling idea…
Boosting the Efficiency of Solar Panels

October 26, 2015

A UConn researcher has developed a light-harvesting antenna that could double the efficiency of existing solar cell panels…
Development of ferroelectric devices delivering giant voltage under visible light

October 21, 2015

University of Tokyo researchers have succeeded in developing ferroelectric devices delivering a high voltage of 23 volts under…
Highest efficiency hydrogen production under natural sunlight

September 30, 2015

Researchers at the University of Tokyo and Miyazaki University have produced hydrogen under natural sunlight at an energy…
Researchers demo solar water-splitting technology

September 7, 2015

Rice University researchers have demonstrated an efficient new way to capture the energy from sunlight and convert it…
Protecting kids’ skin now can prevent cancer later

July 20, 2015

More parents appear to be vigilant about protecting their children from the sun’s harmful rays—at least at Yale…
Study finds shade, cover can reduce predation by birds on trout

May 27, 2015

As snowpack levels decline with the warming climate, many streams will experience less water flow, especially during summer…
Climate change, oceans, and the importance of multiple indicators

April 1, 2015

Last fall, the climate policy world received a wake-up call when Nature magazine ran a commentary by David…
Updating memory for fact and fiction

July 23, 2014

Sunlight can make people sneeze.  Sounds ludicrous? But it’s true – it’s called a photic sneeze reflex, and…
Let the sun shine in: Redirecting sunlight to urban alleyways

April 15, 2014

This is a dim street in a dense urban area in Egypt (left) and a model of a…
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