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Top stories featured on ScienceDaily's Space & Time, Matter & Energy, and Computers & Math sections.
  1. 'Triple eyes' on a catalytic reaction

    There are various microscopies to monitor chemical processes on such surfaces -- they use, for example, ultraviolet light, X-rays or electrons. But no single method alone provides a complete picture. This is why research teams have developed a novel approach that allows to have 'triple eyes' on a catalytic reaction -- using three different surface microscopies.
  2. More reasons to go solar when gearing up for a greener drive

    With electric vehicles sales soaring worldwide, potential buyers are not just weighing up the price tag, but also the logistics and expense of charging the planet-friendly cars. A new study shows households with solar panels and batteries will be the big winners.
  3. Scalable and fully coupled quantum-inspired processor solves optimization problems

    Annealing processors are more energy efficient and quicker at solving mathematical optimization problems than PCs. Researchers at Tokyo University of Science have now developed a new approach to realizing scalable fully coupled annealing processors. These quantum-inspired systems can model the interactions between magnetic spins and use it to solve complex optimization problems. The new method greatly outperforms modern CPUs and shows potential for applications in drug discovery, artificial intelligence, and materials science.
  4. Engineers discover new process for synthetic material growth, enabling soft robots that grow like plants

    Researchers have developed a new, plant-inspired extrusion process that enables synthetic material growth, and the creation of a soft robot that builds its own solid body from liquid to navigate hard-to-reach places and complicated terrain.
  5. New report offers blueprint for regulation of facial recognition technology

    A new report outlines a model law for facial recognition technology to protect against harmful use of this technology, but also foster innovation for public benefit.
  6. New research can help electric utilities account for climate change

    Researchers have devised a method to determine the impact of climate change on the supply and variability of local renewable energy. An increase in unusual weather patterns related to climate change means the demand for power and the availability of solar, hydro and wind energy can all become more variable.
  7. Catalytic process with lignin could enable 100% sustainable aviation fuel

    An underutilized natural resource could be just what the airline industry needs to curb carbon emissions. Researchers report success in using lignin as a path toward a drop-in 100% sustainable aviation fuel. Lignin makes up the rigid parts of the cell walls of plants. Other parts of plants are used for biofuels, but lignin has been largely overlooked because of the difficulties in breaking it down chemically and converting it into useful products.
  8. Powerful Bragg reflector with ultrahigh refractive index metamaterial

    Researchers report the development of ultrahigh refractive index metamaterials which are integrated with a low refractive index polymer producing distributed Bragg reflector (DBR). The highest refractive index in the visible and near-infrared regions was reported. The new technology is applicable to precision semiconductor processes and high-resolution display technology.
  9. Ending a 50-year mystery, scientists reveal how bacteria can move

    Researchers used cryo-electron microscopy to reveal the structure of bacteria's 'propellers' in near atomic detail.
  10. Casting shadows on solar cells connected in series

    Even small objects, such as dust and leaves, can block sunlight from reaching solar cells, and understanding how the loss of incoming radiation affects power output is essential for optimizing photovoltaic technology. Researchers explore how different shade conditions impact performance of single solar cells and two-cell systems connected in series and parallel. They found that the decrease in output current of a single cell or two cells connected in parallel was nearly identical to the ratio of shade to sunlight. However, for two cells running in series, there was excess power loss.