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Quantum mechanics paves the way for more stable organic solar cells

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 Quantum mechanics can be used to create more stable and more easily produced organic solar cells. These are the findings of new research from the University of Gothenburg.Organic solar cells have many advantages compared with traditional silicon-based solar cells. They can be manufactured cheaply at a large scale using printing presses, and t...
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How MIT OpenCourseWare became an educational resource to millions around the world

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Celebrating 20 remarkable years, MIT OCW looks to the future, informed by learning needs underscored by the Covid-19 pandemic."It is typical of our faculty to come up with something as bold and innovative as this," said then-MIT president Charles Vest at a special gathering of community members and press in April 2001. "OpenCourseWare looks counter...
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Method offers inexpensive imaging at the scale of virus particles

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Using an ordinary light microscope, researchers can now obtain images with unprecedented accuracy.Using an ordinary light microscope, MIT engineers have devised a technique for imaging biological samples with accuracy at the scale of 10 nanometers — which should enable them to image viruses and potentially even single biomolecules, the researchers ...
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Found in space: Complex carbon-based molecules

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Discovery may offer clues to carbon's role in planet and star formation.      Much of the carbon in space is believed to exist in the form of large molecules called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). Since the 1980s, circumstantial evidence has indicated that these molecules are abundant in space, but they have not been di...
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World-first sustainable office retrofit begins at new CISL headquarters

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 The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has announced the start of works on its new visionary headquarters. This world-first for a retrofitted sustainable office building will set new standards for low energy use, carbon emissions and impact on natural resources as well as user experience and wellbeing.The E...
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Dr. Jelle Zijlstra Award 2021 Laureate in the Field of Economic Development

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 Dr. Jelle Zijlstra was the former Prime Minister of the Netherlands, President of the Central Bank of the Netherlands, and President of the Bank for International Settlements in Switzerland, with long-standing engagement with the Swiss Chamber of Commerce in The Netherlands. In honour of this renowned economist, we recognize international lea...
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QS World University Rankings by Subject

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The QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021 cover a total of 51 disciplines, grouped into five broad subject areas.The QS World University Rankings by Subject are compiled annually to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject. Research citations, along with the results of major global surveys of employ...
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Changing the rules to control monopolies could see the end of Facebook domination

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No one raised an eyebrow when Mark Zuckerberg bought tiny Instagram in 2012 for US$1 billion. Now regulators want to unwind the deal, by forcing Facebook to sell Instagram, and WhatsApp. This move may spell the disintegration of the Facebook empire.But this is not only about Facebook, or Amazon, Google, and Apple. It is a global shift of the bounda...
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Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose: pandemic insights from fifth century B.C. Athens

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COVID-19 has prompted reflection on many previous pandemics, above all the outbreaks of plague in the 17th century and the Black Death in the 14th. I want to go still further back to the great plague of Athens in the fifth century B.C., which hit the Athenians shortly after they began the great Peloponnesian War against Sparta and her allies in 431...
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2020 a record fundraising year for EPFL startups

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EPFL startups raised CHF 293 million in 2020 – the highest they've achieved so far. Four of the young firms, including Kandou and Sophia Genetics, brought in over CHF 20 million each. The pipeline of new businesses also looks solid, as 25 new EPFL spin-offs were launched last year.The pandemic-related uncertainty doesn't seem to have dampened inves...
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Connecting machines in remote regions

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Skylo, co-founded by an MIT alumnus, is transforming fishing, farming, and shipping with an inexpensive network for transmitting data through satellites.On Nov. 26, seven fishermen aboard a small fishing boat off the coast of Maharashtra in western India were struck with panic when their vessel was damaged and began to sink. The panic was warranted...
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Research Network Opens Window into the Earth’s Interior

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 Each seismic wave that travels through the Earth's crust slightly changes this layer. Cutting-edge sensor technology now allows us to reevaluate risks such as landslides or the stability of bridges and buildings. Prof. Dr. Céline Hadziioannou of Universität Hamburg coordinates the European-wide development of new methods for observing the Ear...
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Top MIT research stories of 2020

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 The year's popular research stories include astronomical firsts, scientific breakthroughs, and engineering milestones addressing Covid-19 and other global problems.Although 2020 has been a year most of us would prefer to forget, it still featured a number of research breakthroughs worth celebrating. Despite the new challenges brought on by Co...
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European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) comes to Bonn

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The Council of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) has decided today that Bonn will be a new location for the European authority from 2021. This is a forward-looking decision for the University of Bonn and its partners in the region.Only recently, the University of Bonn, the University of Cologne and Forschungszentrum Jül...
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Silky sharks find hope in Atlantic, remain targets in Indo-Pacific

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New research shows that conservation efforts in the Atlantic Ocean may be working for one of the most popular — and endangered — species that ends up in the global shark fin trade. Diego Cardeñosa — an FIU postdoctoral researcher in the Institute of Environment — led a new study in collaboration with scientists in Hong Kong that uses DNA analysis t...
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Researchers of USP finalize the genetic improvement of sweet passion fruit

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The yellow passion fruit is the most consumed by Brazilians, presenting a sour and acid flavor. However, depending on the genetic improvement research at USP, the sweet passion fruit (Passiflora alata) will soon be occupying more spaces in the stands of the fairs, grocery stores, and supermarkets. Studies conducted since 2005 have now reached promi...
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Hot summers in the Alps deplete water reserves

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Increasingly frequent heat waves are reducing the supply of surface water in the European Alps, according to a study involving UdeM geographer Christoforos Pappas. Increasingly frequent heat waves in Europe are benefiting the vegetation at high altitudes in the Alps. But this unusual plant growth - which could become more common with climate c...
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Finnish and Swedish experts find common challenges for the renewable electricity policy in the Nordics

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 According to a new Finnish study the overall impact of Nordic cooperation in renewable electricity policy is seen positively, with the most tangible benefit being the possibility to use Nordic cooperation as a tool for voicing a common position both on the EU level and the international level.However, a further institutionalization of Nordic ...
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Data scientists gather ‘chaos into something organized’

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Data Science. It is one of the fastest growing professions in the nation, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And with the sheer increase in technology able to track our every move—both physically and digitally—the amount of information for these professionals to utilize is growing by the second.To cultivate more of these minds in the...
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New project explores the origins of money

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 Even in the age of digital cash transactions, the coin is a universal medium of monetary exchange. But where did the idea of coinage come from? A major new project in Oxford University's Faculty of Classics seeks to investigate its origins and development.The CHANGE Project is led by Professor Andrew Meadows, a Fellow and Tutor in Ancient His...
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