Promising strategies for durable perovskite solar cells

Promising strategies for durable perovskite solar cells

Tue, Oct 27, 2020 - 3:00 pm

Perovskite materials are becoming increasingly popular as the active layer in solar cells. Internal forces in these materials cause distortions in their crystal structures, reducing symmetry and contributing to their intrinsic instability. They are also subject to environmental degradation.

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Photovoltaics industry can help meet Paris agreement targets

Photovoltaics industry can help meet Paris agreement targets

Tue, Oct 27, 2020 - 3:00 pm

To meet the Paris Agreement's daunting goal of preventing Earth's average temperature from rising more than 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above its level in preindustrial times, one of the best options for the energy economy will involve a shift to 100% renewable energy using solar energy and several other clean energy sources.

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One more huge chip deal in 2020;  AMD buys Xilinx for $35B

One more huge chip deal in 2020; AMD buys Xilinx for $35B

Tue, Oct 27, 2020 - 2:55 pm

Advanced Micro Devices is buying Xilinx for $35 billion in an all-stock deal that will combine the two Silicon Valley chip makers and accelerate an already rapid-fire pace of mergers and buyouts in the industry.

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Tulle-like DefeXtiles can be 3-D printed with no custom software or hardware

Tulle-like DefeXtiles can be 3-D printed with no custom software or hardware

Tue, Oct 27, 2020 - 2:52 pm

Sometimes, 3-D printers mess up. They extrude too much material, or too little, or deposit material in the wrong spot. But what if this bug could be turned into a (fashionable) feature?

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If a robot is conscious, is it OK to turn it off? The moral implications of building true AIs

If a robot is conscious, is it OK to turn it off? The moral implications of building true AIs

Tue, Oct 27, 2020 - 2:37 pm

In the "Star Trek: The Next Generation" episode "The Measure of a Man," Data, an android crew member of the Enterprise, is to be dismantled for research purposes unless Captain Picard can argue that Data deserves the same rights as a human being. Naturally the question arises: What is the basis upon which something has rights? What gives an entity moral standing?

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Stressed on the job? An AI teammate may know how to help

Stressed on the job? An AI teammate may know how to help

Tue, Oct 27, 2020 - 2:31 pm

Humans have been teaming up with machines throughout history to achieve goals, be it by using simple machines to move materials or complex machines to travel in space. But advances in artificial intelligence today bring possibilities for even more sophisticated teamwork—true human-machine teams that cooperate to solve complex problems.

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