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GPM satellite sees Tropical Storm Irma forming near Cape Verde Islands

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The National Hurricane Center (NHC) upgraded a low pressure area in the far eastern Atlantic Ocean to tropical storm Irma on August 30, 2017 at 11 a.m. EDT (1500 UTC).Tropical cyclones that form in that part of the Atlantic Ocean are often the largest and most powerful hurricanes of the season. Hurricanes Ivan (2004), Isabel...Powered by WPeMatico

New device could turn heat energy into a viable fuel source

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A new device being developed by Washington State University physicist Yi Gu could one day turn the heat generated by a wide array of electronics into a usable fuel source.The device is a multicomponent, multilayered composite material called a van der Waals Schottky diode. It converts heat into electricity up to three times more...Powered by WPeMatico

Magnetic fields in distant galaxy are new piece of cosmic puzzle

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Astronomers have measured magnetic fields in a galaxy 4.6 billion light-years away -- a big clue to understanding how magnetic fields formed and evolved over cosmic time.In an article published Aug. 28 in Nature Astronomy, a collaboration led by Sui Ann Mao, the Minerva Research Group leader at the Max Planck Institute for...Powered by WPeMatico

Nucleolus is a life expectancy predictor


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Scientists discover that nucleolar size correlates with health and lifespan in organisms as diverse as roundworms, flies and humansCan a cell show its biological age? And is it possible to foresee an animal’s lifespan? Scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing in...Powered by WPeMatico

Mechanically stacked GaInP/GGaInP/GaAs- and Si Solar Cell Reaches 35.4% Efficiency

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A mechanically stacked GaInP/GaAs//Si triple-junction solar cell reaches a certified one-sun energy conversion efficiency of 35.4%. While the Si bottom cell with POLO (poly-silicon on oxide) passivating contacts was fabricated at ISFH the monolithic GaInP/GaAs top cell was fabricated at NREL.A cooperation of the Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) reaches a certified one-sun energy...Powered by WPeMatico

Clamping down on causality by probing laser cavities

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By monitoring the optical response of an externally probed laser cavity before and after gain clamping, a University of Central Florida and Yale collaboration reveals the underlying mechanisms driving the cavity's responsesSince the realization of the first laser cavity countless questions have been asked for which laser light has provided the answer. Numerous questions have also...Powered by WPeMatico

Smart buildings through innovative membrane roofs and façades

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The Cooperative Research Project FLEX-G started on June 1, 2017 under the federal construction technology initiative named ENERGIEWENDEBAUEN funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (FR 03ET1470A). The main goal of the research project is to investigate technologies for the manufacturing of translucent and transparent membrane roof and façade elements with integrated optoelectronic components. The focus lies on a switchable total energy transmittance (often referred to as the solar factor or solar heat gain and “g-value” in Europe) and on flexible solar cell integration to significantly contribute to both energy saving and power generation in buildings.Solar modules and a variety of energy management systems are well established in small and large buildings to

New method of analysing lymphoedema – Making digital 3D images of tissue

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Researchers at the Cells-in-Motion Cluster of Excellence have developed a new method for producing digital 3D reconstructions of blood and lymphatic vessels from tissue samples and then creating images of them for analysis. The study has been published in the “JCI Insight” journal.When researchers and physicians analyse tissue, for example in order to investigate any pathological changes, they often look at the tissue samples under the...Powered by WPeMatico