Monthly Archives: May 2015

Back in black: record efficiency for black-silicon solar cell

Crystalline silicon solar cells have been around for a long time, and their blue sheen now shines anywhere from residential homes to airport rooftops. Their design and manufacturing methods have matured greatly since their first appearance in 1954 such that most … Continue reading

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Repeating the history of economic expansion in the Great Plains

“We speak of farmers and plows on the plains and the damage they did [to the Great Plains], but the language is inadequate. What brought them to the region was a social system, a set of values, an economic order.” … Continue reading

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Nature’s natural fix to the ticking carbon time bomb in the peatlands

Finally some good news on the climate change front! After reporting on global warming research for long enough, I begin to feel  like a perpetual bearer of bad news.  But new research in Nature Climate Change provides a glimpse of hope for … Continue reading

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What you need to know about newly proposed science funding legislation: Lamar Smith’s vision of our scientific future

Lamar Smith has been a busy man.  The Republican Congressman from Texas has long been interested in revamping how the government funds scientific research, but this interest could soon become a reality. Last week,Smith unveiled the newest version of the … Continue reading

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Eyes on Environment: the search for artificial photosynthesis

“Natural selection is not a master engineer, but a tinkerer. It doesn’t produce the absolute perfection achievable by a designer starting from scratch, but merely the best it can do with what it has to work with.” – Jerry Coyne … Continue reading

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