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Researchers demonstrate a significant jump in the efficiency with which heat can be converted directly into electricity.
An advance makes the conversion of heat to electricity practical.
Heating and air-conditioning systems that use thermoelectrics could make plug-in hybrids more practical.
Nanomaterials could be used for lower-emission cars and solar panels.
Cheap organic molecules could more efficiently convert waste heat into electricity.
A new way to convert heat into electricity could lead to more efficient solar power.
A hybrid refrigerator will bring efficient, cheap cooling to India.
Such materials could be used to cool computers and buildings, and harvest waste heat in cars.
Researchers have made ultrathin refrigerators for microprocessors.
A new design could help thermoelectric materials find broader use.