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16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough

16-Year-Old Irish Girls Win Google Science Fair 2014 With World-Changing Crop Yield Breakthrough

Irish teenagers Ciara Judge, Émer Hickey and Sophie Healy-Thow, all 16, have won the Google Science Fair 2014. Their project, Combating the Global Food Crisis, aims to provide a solution to low crop

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Breakthrough Extracts Hydrogen from Water 30 Times Faster

Breakthrough Extracts Hydrogen from Water 30 Times Faster

Scientists at the University of Glasgow have made an exciting clean energy production breakthrough: they've discovered a new method for extracting hydrogen from water that is not only safer than current

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14-Year-Old’s Biofuel Breakthrough Boosts Algae Production 500%

14-Year-Old’s Biofuel Breakthrough Boosts Algae Production 500%

Algae could provide an endless source of biofuel, however current production methods tend to be costly and time-intensive - first you have to grow the algae, and then you extract oily lipids and convert

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Breakthrough Honeycomb Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Boost EV Range to 300 Miles

Breakthrough Honeycomb Lithium-Ion Batteries Could Boost EV Range to 300 Miles

A team from the Stanford School of Engineering has made a breakthrough in lithium-ion battery design that is expected to result in more stable batteries for electric vehicles (EVs) and significantly

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Solar Cell Breakthrough Could Unlock Cheaper Energy

Solar Cell Breakthrough Could Unlock Cheaper Energy

A new breakthrough in the design of silicon-based solar cells has seen a 20-year-old efficiency record broken by not one, but three companies. Presenting at the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference in

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Solar Cell Breakthrough Replaces Harmful Lead With Less Expensive Tin

Solar Cell Breakthrough Replaces Harmful Lead With Less Expensive Tin

Researchers at Northwestern University just unveiled a new solar cell that can be manufactured for less money using fewer harmful elements. Inorganic chemist Mercouri G. Kanatzidis and Robert P. H. Chang

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Breakthrough Discovery Uses Sunlight to Create Materials for Solar Devices

Breakthrough Discovery Uses Sunlight to Create Materials for Solar Devices

Researchers at Oregon State University just made an energy breakthrough that could cut the cost of solar energy while also drastically reducing the carbon footprint of manufacturing solar materials. OSU

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Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Produces More Energy Than It Takes In

Nuclear Fusion Breakthrough Produces More Energy Than It Takes In

A newly-published study describes how for the first time, scientists have been able to generate more energy through an experiment than was used to initiate nuclear fusion. For more than 50 years,

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CellEra’s Breakthrough Platinum-Free Fuel Cell is Cheaper and Doesn’t Use Rare Earth Metals

CellEra’s Breakthrough Platinum-Free Fuel Cell is Cheaper and Doesn’t Use Rare Earth Metals

CellEra’s new platinum-free fuel cell could be the cleanest engine ever created. Instead of using an extremely expensive rare earth metal as the fuel cell’s catalyst, CellEra employs a catalyzed,

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Photonics Breakthrough Could Lead to Blazingly Fast Electronics

Photonics Breakthrough Could Lead to Blazingly Fast Electronics

A recent development in the world of silicon photonics (that's technology using optical rays for the layperson) means that computer speeds could really begin to skyrocket. The recently developed

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MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

MIT’s Breakthrough Rechargeable Flow Battery Could Lower US Electric Bill and Carbon Footprint

Researchers at MIT have engineered a new kind of rechargeable flow battery that could lead to a greater switch to renewable energy, such as wind and solar. Despite widespread support for renewable

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MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

MIT Creates World’s First ‘Perfect Mirror’ with Zero Distortion, Signaling Breakthrough for Solar Power

Parabolic Solar Mirror photo from Shutterstock Scientists at MIT just announced that they have created the perfect mirror - and it could signal a breakthrough for solar power technology. The team's

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Breakthrough Converts Normal Skin Cells into Protective Brain Cells

Breakthrough Converts Normal Skin Cells into Protective Brain Cells

Photo via Shutterstock Researchers at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine have discovered a way to turn ordinary skin cells into protective brain cells - a breakthrough that could have a resounding

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Researchers Find Way to Extract Hydrogen from Any Plant in Potential Breakthrough for Fuel Cells

Researchers Find Way to Extract Hydrogen from Any Plant in Potential Breakthrough for Fuel Cells

In a breakthrough that could be a game-changer for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, researchers at Virginia Tech have discovered a way to extract large amounts of hydrogen from any plant. Current methods of

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MIT Breakthrough Could Double Smartphone Battery Life

MIT Breakthrough Could Double Smartphone Battery Life

Smartphone photo from Shutterstock As much as we love Smartphones, they are a pretty inefficient technology. We typically focus on charging as the main point of energy consumption, but new research

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Breakthrough 3D Photografting Tech Could Lead to Tiny Organic Environmental Sensors

Breakthrough 3D Photografting Tech Could Lead to Tiny Organic Environmental Sensors

A team from the Vienna University of Technology has developed a method to grow biological tissue with laser beams. The Austrian scientists found that using lasers, molecules could be fixed at exactly the

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University of Arizona’s Breakthrough Telescope Solar Panel Doubles Efficiency

University of Arizona’s Breakthrough Telescope Solar Panel Doubles Efficiency

Inspired by old telescope technology and high-efficiency solar panels used in space, a small research team at the University of Arizona (UA) has developed a new “telescope solar panel” that doubles

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LikeMeat Hopes to Be a Juicy Breakthrough in Fake Meat

LikeMeat Hopes to Be a Juicy Breakthrough in Fake Meat

The meat industry alone is said to be responsible for around 18% of the World's greenhouse gas emissions, and it employs a horrifying spectrum of cruel practices and dangerous contaminants. While

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Breakthrough Silver Ink Could Lead to Cheaper, Lower-Impact Flexible Electronics

Breakthrough Silver Ink Could Lead to Cheaper, Lower-Impact Flexible Electronics

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed a new method of printing silver ink that could lead to dramatic decrease in the price of flexible electronics. Previous conductive silver inks used

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Northwestern University Researchers Create Breakthrough Batteries That Could Give EVs 500 Mile Range, 10 Minute Charge Time

Northwestern University Researchers Create Breakthrough Batteries That Could Give EVs 500 Mile Range, 10 Minute Charge Time

Researchers led by professor Harold Kung at Northwestern University have just developed a breakthrough battery technology that could allow electric cars to run 10 times longer and recharge 10 times

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PEE POWER: Bristolian Scientists Make Breakthrough In Using Urine as a Viable Power Source

PEE POWER: Bristolian Scientists Make Breakthrough In Using Urine as a Viable Power Source

We have run many stories in the past about urine being used as a power source, but this week scientists appear to have made a breakthrough discovery. A research team from Bristol have published the

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6 Groundbreaking Green Innovations We Spotted at Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Awards

6 Groundbreaking Green Innovations We Spotted at Popular Mechanics’ Breakthrough Awards

OSORB We've written about Osorb before, but we were eager to see this miracle material in person. Made out of what is essentially glass, the substance acts like a nanomechanical sponge that absorbs

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13-Year-Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence

13-Year-Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence

// While most 13-year-olds spend their free time playing video games or cruising Facebook, one 7th grader was trekking through the woods uncovering a mystery of science. After studying how trees

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In-Road Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Breakthrough Yields 90% Efficiency

In-Road Wireless Electric Vehicle Charging Breakthrough Yields 90% Efficiency

Utah State University researchers have made a breakthrough in the quest to make in-road electric vehicle chargers practical for the real world, managing to wirelessly transmit 5 kilowatts of electricity

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BMW Unveils Breakthrough i3 and i8 Electric Vehicles

BMW Unveils Breakthrough i3 and i8 Electric Vehicles

BMW just raised the stakes for electric vehicles by unveiling its new i Series concept cars. The runabout all-electric i3 is to debut in 2013, followed by the sporty i8 hybrid in 2014. Both 4-seaters push

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Toyota’s Breakthrough M2LFh Technology Will Remove 95% of Ozone from the Air

Toyota’s Breakthrough M2LFh Technology Will Remove 95% of Ozone from the Air

Ozone is a ground-level air pollutant that plagues cities, especially those overrun by cars. But now Toyota's Central Research and Development labs have announced the development of a material that

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Pythagorus Solar Windows Offer Breakthrough in Solar Tech for High-Rises

Pythagorus Solar Windows Offer Breakthrough in Solar Tech for High-Rises

High-rise buildings require a lot of energy to cool in the summer, but they have relatively little space on their small roofs for solar arrays. This quandary got Pythagorus Solar of San Mateo,

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Breakthrough Invisibility Cloak Will Help Develop More Efficient Solar Cells

Breakthrough Invisibility Cloak Will Help Develop More Efficient Solar Cells

Researchers at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany, working in the new field of transformation optics, have created an invisibility cloak that could lead to more efficient solar cells. The

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BREAKING: Solar Power Breakthrough Could Render Photovoltaic Cells Obsolete

BREAKING: Solar Power Breakthrough Could Render Photovoltaic Cells Obsolete

Researchers at the University of Michigan have made a discovery about the behavior of light that could change solar technology forever. Stephen Rand, a professor in the departments of Electrical

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Tata & MIT Work on Breakthrough Way to Generate Power From Ordinary Water

Tata & MIT Work on Breakthrough Way to Generate Power From Ordinary Water

The Tata Group has signed a deal with the founder of SunCatalytix, MIT scientist Daniel Nocera, who has discovered how to generate energy water. Although the terms of their agreement have not yet been

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