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Scientists create new indoor organic solar cells

Scientists create new indoor organic solar cells

Scientists have created a new type of solar cell that is able to convert ambient indoor lighting into electricity. The solar panels they have developed are organic solar cells, and while the power they produce is low, it could be plenty of juice to power internet of things devices. As the IoT expands, there will be millions of devices that are in public spaces and homes that need power to operate.

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MIT researchers find a way to make cement greener

MIT researchers find a way to make cement greener

A group of researchers at MIT have announced that they have found a way to eliminate carbon emissions from cement production. The scientists say that it's well known that the production of cement, which is the leading construction material in the world, is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions. The team says that cement production alone accounts for about 8% of all greenhouse gas emissions.

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Largest neutron star ever discovered is insanely compact and massive

Largest neutron star ever discovered is insanely compact and massive

The most massive neutron star ever discovered has more than two times the mass of the Sun, but manages to pack it all into a sphere measuring around only 15 miles across. The discovery was recently detailed by West Virginia University, where researchers helped discover the new record neutron star. With its insanely high mass and compact nature, a study recently published on the discovery reveals that the star is on the brink of becoming a black hole.

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MIT has developed the blackest black material

MIT has developed the blackest black material

Engineers at MIT have announced that they have cooked up a material that is blacker than anything that has been previously reported. The material is said to be the "blackest black" that has been made so far. MIT's invention is ten times blacker than anything previously recorded.

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NASA says comet C/2019 Q4 is an interstellar visitor

NASA says comet C/2019 Q4 is an interstellar visitor

Scientists are excited about a newly discovered comet that is dubbed Comet C/2019 Q4 as the comet appears to have originated from outside the solar system. The comet was discovered on August 30, 2019, by Gennady Borisov from the MARGO observatory in Nauchnij, Crimea. As of now, there has been no official confirmation that comet C/2019 Q4 is an interstellar comet.

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Scientists warn antibiotic resistance is also impacting dolphins

Scientists warn antibiotic resistance is also impacting dolphins

A study out of Florida Atlantic University has found that dolphins are increasingly facing antibiotic resistance similar to humans. The research tracked antibiotic resistance related to bottlenose dolphins for 13 years, finding that since initially reporting high resistance in 2009, the degree of antibiotic resistance among wild dolphins has increased significantly.

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NASA snaps photo of a violent icy avalanche on Mars

NASA snaps photo of a violent icy avalanche on Mars

Mars is home to a dusty landscape painted with orange and brown hues, pocked with craters, and adorned with a variety of hills and mountains. Depending on where you look, Mars is also home to numerous sheer cliffs that look like long striations when captured from a distance and like near-vertical rock walls when snapped by the Martian rover. One of the latest images of these cliffs includes a clearly visible avalanche.

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DARPA seeks psychedelic drugs that don’t cause hallucinations

DARPA seeks psychedelic drugs that don’t cause hallucinations

The government research agency DARPA has announced a new program called Focused Pharma that seeks drug innovations that offer the mental health benefits of psychedelics without the 'significant side effects.' The agency detailed its new program earlier this week, revealing that it has reviewed the growing body of private research on the potential benefits of psychedelics like LSD and psilocybin.

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When to watch tonight’s Friday the 13th Harvest ‘micromoon’

When to watch tonight’s Friday the 13th Harvest ‘micromoon’

Skygazers across the US will have the rare opportunity to view a 'micromoon' tonight, the earliest viewing times starting in the Pacific time zone with other following. The micromoon will happen on a notable date -- Friday the 13th, making it a fun coincidence for most people. If you miss seeing the moon tonight, you won't get the chance to see another micromoon for more than a year.

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Researchers create cheap electricity using natural cooling phenomena

Researchers create cheap electricity using natural cooling phenomena

A group of researchers from UCLA have created a low-cost device that can generate electricity using a natural cooling phenomenon. The cooling phenomenon is called radiative sky cooling. The team has leveraged that phenomenon to create renewable energy at night that they say could be adapted to provide low-cost electricity to people without access around the world.

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Robot swims and soars through the air using water as propulsion

Robot swims and soars through the air using water as propulsion

Scientists at Imperial College London have created a new bio-inspired robot that takes inspiration from flying fish. The robot can propel itself out of the water and glide through the air. The challenge for robots of this sort is the transition from the water to the air.

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Climate change threatens fatty acid essential for brain health

Climate change threatens fatty acid essential for brain health

Global warming may lead to a drastic reduction in the availability of an essential omega-3 fatty acid that is needed for brain development in mammals, among other things. Docosahexaenoic acid, more commonly called DHA, is primarily acquired from eating seafood and fish, though it can also be acquired from fatty acid supplements. The production of DHA is mostly reliant on biochemical reactions that are very sensitive to temperature changes.

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