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  • Oct 20, 2016 New perovskite solar cell design could outperform existing commercial technologies A new design for solar cells that uses inexpensive, commonly available materials could rival and even outperform conventional cells made of silicon. In a new article, researchers describe using tin and other abundant elements to create novel forms of perovskite -- a photovoltaic crystalline material that's thinner, more flexible and easier to manufacture than silicon crystals.
  • Oct 20, 2016 Liquid-repellant tape adheres to any surface A superomniphobic tape has been created that, when adhered to any surface, gives the surface liquid-repelling properties. Superomniphobic surfaces are extremely repellent to all liquids, made possible by an air cushion that lies between a liquid and a solid surface.
  • Oct 20, 2016 Needle-sized imaging probe improves image quality, surgical outcome To provide a better view of difficult to see tissue, researchers have miniaturized an imaging probe to fit inside a needle that can be inserted into the eye during eye surgery. The probe was used without complications in three human patients, as described in a new article.
  • Oct 20, 2016 ExoMars lander descent data: Decoding underway Essential data from the ExoMars Schiaparelli lander sent to its mothership Trace Gas Orbiter during the module's descent to the Red Planet's surface yesterday has been downlinked to Earth and is currently being analysed by experts.
  • Oct 19, 2016 ExoMars orbiter reaches Mars orbit while lander situation under assessment The Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO) of ESA's ExoMars 2016 has successfully performed the long 139-minute burn required to be captured by Mars and entered an elliptical orbit around the Red Planet, while contact has not yet been confirmed with the mission's test lander from the surface.
  • Oct 20, 2016 Designing the future internet This century, our world will be flooded with hundreds of billions of smartphones, gadgets, sensors and other smart objects connected to the internet. New research is at the forefront of efforts to redesign the internet to handle the enormous increase in traffic.

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