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A New Silicon PV Record

A New Silicon PV Record

Japanese group pushes closer to the 29 percent efficiency limit Photo: Kunta Yoshikawa/Kaneka/Nature Energy In research published this week in Nature Energy , researchers at Kaneka Corp., a resin and plastics manufacturer based in Osaka, describe the first silicon solar cell to achieve a record-breaking 26.3 percent efficiency—a 0.7 percent increase over the previous record. That may not(…)

The New Brain Behind the Whiteboards—and More—for HBO’s Silicon Valley

The New Brain Behind the Whiteboards—and More—for HBO’s Silicon Valley

This year many of the formulas, documents, and snippets of engineer-speak on HBO’s Silicon Valley will be coming from Stanford post-doc Dmitri Pavlichin Photo: Tekla Perry Dmitri Pavlichin When the HBO show that became Silicon Valley was still in development, and its creators decided its fictional startup would be in the compression business, they turned(…)

Efficiency of Silicon Solar Cells Climbs

Efficiency of Silicon Solar Cells Climbs

Japanese materials company prototypes a 26.3% efficient silicon cell, steps away from the 29% theoretical maximum Photo: Kunta Yoshikawa/Kaneka/Nature Energy In research published this week in Nature Energy , researchers at Kaneka Corporation, a resin and plastics manufacturer based in Osaka, describe the first silicon solar cell to achieve a record-breaking 26.3-percent efficiency—a 0.7-percent increase over the previous(…)

Silicon Valley Computational Drug Startup Takes on Glaucoma

Silicon Valley Computational Drug Startup Takes on Glaucoma

Palo Alto startup twoXAR partners with Santen Pharmaceutical to identify new glaucoma drugs; efforts on rare skin disease, liver cancer, atherosclerosis, and diabetic nephropathy also underway Photo: iStockphoto About a year ago I met two Silicon Valley entrepreneurs named Andrew Radin, whose matching names generated competition over an Internet domain, a connection, and eventually, a company. The(…)