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Engineering

Solar harvesting system has potential to generate solar power 24/7

The great inventor Thomas Edison once said, "So long as the sun shines, man will be able to develop power in abundance." His wasn't the first great mind to marvel at the notion of harnessing the power of the sun; for centuries ...

Hardware

This new computer chip is ideal for AI

Artificial intelligence presents a major challenge to conventional computing architecture. In standard models, memory storage and computing take place in different parts of the machine, and data must move from its area of ...

Energy & Green Tech

Improved efficiency of all-polymer solar cells

Solar cells are an important contributor to a renewable energy supply, but solar panel waste will quickly become an enormous problem. Now, in a study recently published in Journal of Materials Chemistry A, researchers from ...

Engineering

Air filter showcases excellent performance and endurance in harsh environments

A team of researchers has designed a high-performance composite sponge that works effectively to filter particulate matter in high temperature and high humidity environments. The sponge, with its excellent mechanical properties, ...

Computer Sciences

A computational shortcut for neural networks

Neural networks are learning algorithms that approximate the solution to a task by training with available data. However, it is usually unclear how exactly they accomplish this. Two young Basel physicists have now derived ...

Robotics

Researchers develop humanoid robotic system to teach Tai Chi

Zhi Zheng's robot is skilled at Tai Chi, and her research team hopes it will soon lead a class of older adults at a local community center. Her robot is more than a cute companion. It can help improve cognitive function and ...

Energy & Green Tech

Clean hydrogen: A long-awaited solution for hard-to-abate sectors?

One of the world's biggest climate challenges is decarbonizing fossil energy uses that cannot be directly electrified using renewable power. Among so-called "hard-to-abate" (HTA) sectors are major industries that rely on ...

Business

Bitcoin as environmentally costly as beef production

Taken as a share of the market price, the environmental costs of mining the digital cryptocurrency Bitcoin are more comparable to the climate damages of producing beef than gold mining costs, according to analysis published ...