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    A semiconductor material with three energy bands uses more sunlight, by trapping low-energy photons.


  • The Genetic Secrets of Longevity

    A study of long-lived families will help isolate the genetic mysteries that allow some people to live disease-free into their nineties and beyond.


  • Delivering DVDs in Seconds

    Japan’s NTT DoCoMo is testing a network that could send DVDs to handheld devices in about 10 seconds. Here’s how they do it.


  • Heavy-Duty Hybrids

    Hybrid trucks and buses could significantly cut U.S. fuel consumption, but initial high costs are holding them back.


  • Sensors Without Batteries

    In the future, the environment could be pervaded by sensors using the same power-scavenging techniques as RFID tags.


  • Methanol: The New Hydrogen

    Advances in methanol synthesis, coupled with improved fuel cell technology, could make it a viable alternative to gasoline.



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