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New smart window glass changes from clear to dark in nearly 30 seconds

By Faye Oney / August 11, 2017

Stanford University researchers have developed a smart window that can switch from transparent to dark in 30 seconds. The new smart glass has the potential to be used in buildings, automobiles, and even eyeglasses.

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biodegradable electronic component on a human hair

Biodegradable electronics might become a reality in the future

By Faye Oney / May 16, 2017

Our electronic devices might become biodegradable in the future. Stanford researchers have created a biodegradable electronic device characteristic of human skin—flexible, self-healing, and degradable with the addition of a weak acid.

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It takes two: New tandem perovskite solar cell could outrank silicon’s efficiency and stability

By Stephanie Liverani / October 25, 2016

Researchers from Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.) and Oxford University (Oxford, England) joined forces to create a new perovskite design they say “could outperform existing commercial technologies,” according to a Stanford News article.

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Move over silicon: Magnetoelectric multiferroics and tiny transistors could enable faster computers that consume less power

By April Gocha / October 18, 2016

The continuing trend for electronics is to pack more power into a smaller device that requires less energy input. Two significant materials research advances—one published in Nature and one published in Science—are moving precisely in that direction.

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Function over form: ‘Smarter’ textiles pave way for clothes that do more than cover

By Stephanie Liverani / September 16, 2016

From textiles that effectively dissipate body heat, to fabric that harvests energy from the sun, to computers sewn right into our sweaters, check out some of the latest innovations in “smart” clothing.

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Let there be light: Novel light-processing technique heals defects in perovskite solar cells to improve stability

By Stephanie Liverani / May 27, 2016

Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other affiliated institutions in the U.S. and the U.K. say they’ve “made significant inroads toward understanding a process for improving perovskites’ performance, by modifying the material using intense light,” according to an MIT news article.

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Heating up rust could make large-scale solar power storage possible

By Stephanie Liverani / March 4, 2016

Is the key to large-scale solar power storage rusting before our eyes? Researchers at Stanford University (Stanford, Calif.) found that ordinary metal oxides, such as rust, can be made into solar cells capable of splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen by day for energy use at night.

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New solar cell design uses ‘invisible’ nanowires to harness power potential of reflected light

By Stephanie Liverani / December 2, 2015

Scientists at Stanford University in California are developing a new solar cell that uses ‘invisible’ nanowires to redirect sunlight that is reflected away and lost with traditional solar cell designs.

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The ancient Roman secret to more ductile concrete could be buried (miles) beneath our feet

By Stephanie Liverani / July 13, 2015

The latest research to shed light on the ductility and durability of ancient concrete comes from geophysicists at the Stanford University, who discovered concrete-like rock deep within a dormant volcano in Italy they say could explain how ancient Romans invented the compound used to build structures like the Pantheon and Colosseum.

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Can the U.S. say goodbye to fossil fuels forever? Study shows the possibility is within reach

By Stephanie Liverani / June 30, 2015

Engineers at Stanford University have developed what they call a “state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050,” and they’ve outlined how this could work in a recent paper.

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