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Newly Discovered Material Can Convert Heat, Light, and Movement to Electricity All at Once

This mineral may just be the next big thing in green energy!

A new material capable of instantly converting various types of energy, including light and heat energy, into electricity all at once has just been found. Researchers from the University of Oulu in Finland have recently discovered a mineral with a structure akin to that of a perovskite crystal, a material that can turn multiple energy sources into electricity.

Perovskite come from a family of minerals known for possessing properties that allow conversion of at least two types of energy – not simultaneously, though, to usable power. Some types may be efficient in converting solar energy while others may harness energy from heat and motion. This means that to create a device that can efficiently transform multiple types of energy into electricity all at once, multiple materials must likewise be used.

Perovskite crystals are ferroelectric.

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This is where the awesomeness of the newly-discovered material comes in.

The study, which was published in the paper Applied Physics Letters, revealed that the seemingly ordinary material, named KBNNO after its chemical structure, can simultaneously convert energies derived from light and changes in temperature and pressure into usable power. And, like any other perovskite, KBNNO is ferroelectric, which means that it is composed of small, electric dipoles comparable to compass needles. These dipoles misalign when physical changes occur thereby creating a current.

In the experiment, researchers tested KBNNO’s ability to convert light energy while synchronously evaluating how the material will react when exposed to changes in temperature and pressure. They witnessed something that was achieved for the first time ever – all three energies being converted to electricity simultaneously. It must be noted, though, that while KBNNO has this property, it is still not on a par with the more specialized crystals available. However, the researchers are hoping that they can still improve the material.

The newly discovered mineral can pave the way for greener sources of power.

Source: Rob Lavinsky

(Photo not KBNNO)

Yang Bai, the study’s lead author, said in a statement:

“It is possible that all these properties can be tuned to a maximum point.”

He also added that:

“This will push the development of the Internet of Things and smart cities, where power-consuming sensors and devices can be energy sustainable.”

Indeed, such material, once fully developed, will undoubtedly be of great use in industries and may pave the way to new advancements in technology. Just imagine being able to charge devices without the need to plug them!

The research team is planning to develop a prototype by next year and, if they get hold of the right materials, we might see more of this technology in the near future.

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Meet Gladys West, The “Hidden Figure” Behind The Creation Of The GPS

The humble history of the woman who brought you Global Positioning System (GPS).

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Gone are the days when people are contented with asking other people for directions while on the road. If you are using a smartphone, chances are you are using GPS as well. Now everyone knows what a GPS is, but do you know who Gladys West is? She made it possible for you to navigate easy peasy.

Gladys West is a mathematician, one of those who developed Global Positioning System. She isn't exactly a household name, but interested in her increased when she wrote a biography for a sorority function, in which she mentioned her important contribution.

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Women Likely to Lose Interest in Sex Than Men, According to New Study

The study also explores reasons why one suddenly loses his/her desire to do the deed.

For some, sex is all about pleasure and fun, the kind of experience that everyone in this world desires to feel. Apparently, it is a complicated thing, to begin with. For instance, you may be attracted to your partner – both physically and emotionally – but it does not mean you are going to have a blast. Neither is your partner guaranteed to be in the mood for the deed.

Apparently, a recent study suggests a definitive reason as to why some individuals start to lose their desire for sexual intercourse. The study, which is courtesy of BMK Open, includes 4,839 men and 6,669 women, between the ages of 16 and 74 years old, all of whom had at least one sexual encounter.

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Doctor Invents Machine That Helps People Die Painlessly and Peacefully in 5 Minutes

Dr Philip Nitschke believes euthanasia should be available for everyone who wants it.

With a nickname like ‘Dr Death’, you can bet Philip Nitschke isn’t your typical doctor. In fact, he is the founder of Exit International, a non-profit organization that advocates euthanasia legalization, and has written The Peaceful Pill, a suicide handbook.

As if that was not enough, he has also invented the Sarco, a machine that allows people to die peacefully – without any pain – in just five minutes. The said creations can be printed using a 3D-printer and uses liquid nitrogen to kill the person using it.

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