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Scientists create thin films with tantalizing electronic properties

Scientists have created thin films made from barium zirconium sulfide (BaZrS3) and confirmed that the materials have alluring electronic and optical properties predicted by theorists. The films combine exceptionally strong light absorption with good charge transport — qualities that make them ideal for applications such as photovoltaics and LEDs.

Scientists create thin films with tantalizing electronic properties

(University at Buffalo) Scientists have created thin films made from barium zirconium sulfide (BaZrS3) and confirmed that the materials have alluring electronic and optical properties predicted by theorists. The films combine exceptionally strong light absorption with good charge transport — qualities that make them ideal for applications such as photovoltaics and LEDs.

How to recycle your Christmas lights

It doesn’t feel right to put Christmas lights in a trash can. Maybe they’ve stopped working, or maybe you’re replacing incandescent lights with safer, more energy-efficient LEDs. In any case, after brightening so many holiday seasons over the years, it…

India is putting Canada’s climate change plan to shame – Maclean’s

Stephen Leahy is an award-winning journalist and author who has covered international environmental issues for more than 20 years.India is likely to be feted as the global leader on climate change at the United Nations Climate Action Summit in New…

This bat-friendly town turned the night red

A sustainable neighborhood in the Dutch town of Nieuwkoop is leaving on the welcome light for bats. And if all goes well, they’ll never even notice it. The groundbreaking initiative, a culmination of more than five years of research on…

From not having kids to battling anxiety: Climate change is shaping life choices and affecting mental health – USA TODAY

For some, ignoring climate change is not an option. It’s real, and preventing global warming from getting worse is a driving force in their lives. Elizabeth Lawrence and Elinor Aspegren, USA TODAY Revelle Mast wanted to be an architect when…

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Geothermal-powered bus station will use anti-smog blocks to fight pollution

The Polish city of Lublin will soon be home to an environmentally friendly bus station that not only offers a new and attractive public space, but also combats urban air pollution. Designed by Polish architectural firm Tremend, the Integrated Intermodal Metropolitan Station in Lublin will be built near the train station and aims to revitalize the area around the railway station. The contemporary design, combined with its environmental focus and green features, earned the project a spot on World Architecture…