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Can the most exciting new solar material live up to its hype?

Can the most exciting new solar material live up to its hype?

While perovskites have the potential to reach high efficiencies (the world record for a perovskite-only cell is just over 25%), most of the best-performing perovskite cells today are tiny—less than an inch wide.  Scaling up makes it more difficult to reach the potential efficiency limits. Right now, Saule’s panels, which …

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Is Facebook a monopoly? Please define, says judge.

Is Facebook a monopoly? Please define, says judge.

Any additional action will be led by the new FTC chair, Lina Khan, a vocal critic of Big Tech who first came to prominence when she argued that antitrust laws focused on pricing were not enough to check the power of Amazon.  But while the FTC has another shot at …

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The future starts with Industrial AI

The future starts with Industrial AI

“Domain expertise is the secret sauce that separates Industrial AI from more generic AI approaches. Industrial AI will guide innovation and efficiency improvements in capital-intensive industries for years to come,” said Willie K Chan, CTO of AspenTech. Chan was one of the original members of the MIT ASPEN research program …

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Computing at the cutting edge

Computing at the cutting edge

A soft sell in retail IDC predicts that by 2023 more than 50% of new enterprise IT infrastructure deployed will be at the edge rather than in corporate data centers, up from less than 10% in 2020. By 2024, the number of apps at the edge will increase 800%. This …

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Venus doesn’t have enough water in its clouds to sustain life

Venus doesn’t have enough water in its clouds to sustain life

In 1978, NASA launched the Pioneer Venus mission, consisting of an orbiter and a group of four small probes that were jettisoned into the Venusian atmosphere. Within the atmosphere were signs of deuterium—a heavy isotope of hydrogen that can result from the breakdown of water. Scientists wondered whether Venus might …

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The race to find covid-19 drug treatments that actually work

The race to find covid-19 drug treatments that actually work

But antibody therapies have drawbacks. They’re expensive and must be given via infusion or injection. That makes them poor options for many low- and middle-income countries. And they may not perform as well against some circulating variants. In fact, on June 25 the FDA paused distribution of Lilly’s antibody cocktail …

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