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The Value of Curiosity-Driven Research

The Value of Curiosity-Driven Research | Physics | Scoop.it
Neutrino research is fundamental basic science.  It’s part of this human endeavor to understand our natural environment and make sense of it, to understand our own origins and how we fit into the big picture in a cosmic context.  Since neutrinos...

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"So often it’s not easy to tell which particular line of inquiry would lead you to a practical application fastest or what will become the most valuable or profitable kinds of application.  But generally the idea of curiosity-driven research is that it explores nature and our place within it, and that can often lead to practical benefits. "

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Colorful 'solar glass' means entire buildings can generate clean power - The Mind Unleashed

Colorful 'solar glass' means entire buildings can generate clean power - The Mind Unleashed | Physics | Scoop.it
Oxford Photovoltaics uses non-toxic organic solar cell materials printed directly on to glass to produce clean energy. Photograph: Oxford PhotovoltaicsRead More...
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- “What we say here is rather than attach [solar] photovoltaics to the building, why not make the building the photovoltaics?”

- "...technology works by adding a layer of transparent solid-state solar cells at most three microns thick to conventional glass, in order to turn around 12% of the solar energy received into low-carbon electricity."

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Ultra-flexible chip can be wrapped around a hair

Ultra-flexible chip can be wrapped around a hair | Physics | Scoop.it
Scientists in Switzerland said Tuesday they can create electronic chips so flexible they can be wrapped around a human hair.
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Scientists find a practical test for string theory

Scientists find a practical test for string theory | Physics | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Scientists at Towson University in Towson, Maryland, have identified a practical, yet overlooked, test of string theory based on the motions of planets, moons and asteroids, reminiscent of Galileo's famed test of gravity by dropping...
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Coolest science of 2013, in GIFs

From Surprising Science blog in the USA: December 24, 2013 The Coolest Science of 2013, in GIFs An electronic circuit that dissolves in the presence of water. From video by University of Illinois I...
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13 major clean energy breakthroughs of 2013

13 major clean energy breakthroughs of 2013 | Physics | Scoop.it
The rapidly improving technology, declining costs, and increasing accessibility of clean energy is the true bright spot in the march toward a zero-carbon future.
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How touch screen phones work › Bernie's Basics (ABC Science)

How touch screen phones work › Bernie's Basics (ABC Science) | Physics | Scoop.it

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First noble-gas molecules found in space - physicsworld.com

First noble-gas molecules found in space - physicsworld.com | Physics | Scoop.it
Argon hydride spotted in remnant of exploded star
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EMSL News: Understanding the impact of brown carbon on climate

EMSL News: Understanding the impact of brown carbon on climate | Physics | Scoop.it
The haze of brown carbon aerosols, or smog, is an important environmental issue. But the impact of brown carbon aerosols on atmospheric warming is not well understood.
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Plant Power

Plant Power | Physics | Scoop.it
A proposal for more efficient solar cells is inspired by the light-harvesting molecules in plants.
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The future of fusion energy - Washington Post

The future of fusion energy - Washington Post | Physics | Scoop.it
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Before I came to Congress, I spent nearly a decade as a physicist at the Princeton Plasma Physics Lab, working on the effort to make the promise of fusion energy a reality.

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ICTmagic Resources

ICTmagic Resources | Physics | Scoop.it
Make learning the Periodic Table more enjoyable by playing this 'find the element' chemistry game. Choose the level of difficulty.
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Quantum mechanics explains efficiency of photosynthesis

Quantum mechanics explains efficiency of photosynthesis | Physics | Scoop.it
Light-gathering macromolecules in plant cells transfer energy by taking advantage of molecular vibrations whose physical descriptions have no equivalents in classical physics, according to the first unambiguous theoretical evidence of quantum...
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Energy exchange between electronic and vibrational degrees of freedom. Collective vibration of two chromophores. 

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Nanofibers align to the sound of Beethoven and Mozart

Nanofibers align to the sound of Beethoven and Mozart | Physics | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Humans create and perform music for a variety of purposes such as aesthetic pleasure, healing, religion, and ceremony.
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New holographic process uses image-stabilized X-ray camera

New holographic process uses image-stabilized X-ray camera | Physics | Scoop.it
A team headed by Stefan Eisebitt has developed a new X-ray holography method that will enable snap-shots of dynamic processes at highest spatial resolution.
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CeCoIn5 reveals new secrets about how superconductivity and magnetism can be related

CeCoIn5 reveals new secrets about how superconductivity and magnetism can be related | Physics | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Superconducting materials exhibit unexpected behaviors when subjected to magnetic fields or high pressures –discoveries that have implications for controlling electrons in those special materials.
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Focus: Device Couples Light to Atom and Quantum Motion - Physics

Focus: Device Couples Light to Atom and Quantum Motion - Physics | Physics | Scoop.it

Focus: Device Couples Light to Atom and Quantum Motion Physics ... proposed hybrid devices that combine cQED with optomechanics.


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Researchers find simple, cheap way to increase solar cell efficiency

Researchers find simple, cheap way to increase solar cell efficiency | Physics | Scoop.it
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Chinese Academy of Sciences have found an easy way to modify the molecular structure of a polymer commonly used in solar cells.
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Breaking relativity: Celestial signals defy Einstein

Breaking relativity: Celestial signals defy Einstein | Physics | Scoop.it
Strange signals picked up from black holes and distant supernovae suggest there's more to space-time than Einstein believed, says Stuart Clark
    

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6 Cool Underground Science Labs

6 Cool Underground Science Labs | Physics | Scoop.it
Labs under the Earth track everything from the behavior of the universe to the feasibility of safely storing nuclear fuels.

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Theorists predict new state of quantum matter may have big impact on electronics

Theorists predict new state of quantum matter may have big impact on electronics | Physics | Scoop.it
Constantly losing energy is something we deal with in everything we do. If you stop pedaling a bike, it gradually slows; if you let off the gas, your car also slows. As these vehicles move, they also generate heat from friction.
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First Atomic Level Simulation of a Whole Battery | MIT Technology Review

First Atomic Level Simulation of a Whole Battery | MIT Technology Review | Physics | Scoop.it
Computer scientists have simulated from first principles the way batteries wear out as they are charged and discharged for the first time
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J. Chem. Phys. 139, 064106 (2013); http://dx.doi.org/10.1063/1.4817772

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Reindeer Eyes Change Color in Wintertime - wunderground.com

Reindeer Eyes Change Color in Wintertime - wunderground.com | Physics | Scoop.it
Researchers have found that these mammals have a unique way of coping with extremely dark Arctic winters: Their eyes change color.
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