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Researchers demonstrate a significant jump in the efficiency with which heat can be converted directly into electricity.
Such materials could be used to cool computers and buildings, and harvest waste heat in cars.
A new design could help thermoelectric materials find broader use.
Researchers have made ultrathin refrigerators for microprocessors.
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.
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.
Research shows that silicon is as efficient as pricier materials.