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Charge of the light brigade: How quantum dots may improve solar cells

Photovoltaic cells remain woefully inefficient at converting sunlight into electricity. Although layered cells composed of various elements can convert more than 40 percent of (lens-concentrated) sunlight into electricity, more simple semiconducting materials such as silicon hover around 20 percent when mass-produced...

June 18, 2010 — David Biello

Extra, Extra

Figure 1: Another gem from the good folks at Fake Science. Here is this week’s round-up of particularly awesome reading material:

June 18, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Altruistic Tortoises?

This video has been winding its way through the interwebs. It’s pretty neat, but is it truly a case of tortoise altruism? Who knows. We don’t know anything about those specific turtles or that specific situation...

June 17, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

Congress Hammers BP CEO for Dodging Deepwater Spill Responsibility

BP CEO Tony Hayward sat alone before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Thursday to answer for his company's questionable decision to continue drilling this spring at the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil well despite safety concerns and that decision's catastrophic consequences...

June 17, 2010 — Larry Greenemeier

Music While Doing Science Survey

I’m interested in finding out what are peoples’ music listening habits while working on various sciencey things. After a small survey and discussion on twitter, I thought I’d bring it to the blogosphere, as people seem to generally have opinions on the matter...

June 17, 2010 — Jason G. Goldman

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