Monthly Archives: July 2014

Reducing burn-in voltage loss in polymer solar cells by increasing the polymer crystallinity

By Thomas Heumueller Energy Environ. Sci., 2014, Advance ArticleDOI: 10.1039/C4EE01842G, CommunicationThomas Heumueller, William R. Mateker, I. T. Sachs-Quintana, Koen Vandewal, Jonathan A. Bartelt, Timothy M. Burke, Tayebeh Ameri, Christoph J. Brabec, Michael D. McGeheeLight induced traps in the bulk of organic solar cells are correlated with Voc losses and those losses are reduced more

Source: RSC


Even as Spectacular Storms Bring Relief to U.S. Southwest, Drought Conditions Persist — and Worsen in California

After a profound lack of precipitation, parts of the Southwestern United States have finally begun to get some desperately needed relief.

New Mexico, where the spectacular photo above was taken yesterday, has been suffering through four years of drought. And while the drought hasn't ended (not by a long shot), the more

Source: Discover Magazine


Calif. appeals court says Citizens United measure should stay on ballot

By (Christopher Cadelago) A California appeals court on Thursday tossed out a lawsuit seeking to block a ballot measure asking whether Congress should overturn the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United campaign finance decision.

People protest outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 8. more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Israel, Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire

By Sudarsan Raghavan, William Booth, Ruth Eglash GAZA CITY — Israel and Hamas have agreed to an unconditional, 72-hour humanitarian truce to begin Friday morning, diplomats from the United States and the United Nations announced Thursday, potentially paving the way to bring an end to the 24-day-old conflict. Read full article >> more

Source: The Washington Post


Ebola crisis prompts CDC to warn against nonessential travel to West Africa

By Joel Achenbach, Lena H. Sun, Caelainn Hogan The outbreak of the extraordinarily lethal Ebola virus has worsened in West Africa, with the contagion showing no sign of coming under control, prompting the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday to warn Americans to avoid nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. Read full more

Source: The Washington Post


'Godfather of Makeup' Dick Smith dead at 92

Dick Smith, the Oscar-winning "Godfather of Makeup" who amused, fascinated and terrified moviegoers by devising unforgettable transformations for Marlon Brando in "The Godfather" and Linda Blair in "The Exorcist" among many others, has died. He was 92.

In this publicity image released by Warner Bros. Entertainment, Linda Blair portrays a possessed more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


House GOP leaders spike border bill rather than see it defeated

By Paul Kane, Ed O’Keefe House Republican leaders pulled Speaker John A. Boehner's slimmed-down legislation to address the brewing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border amid a revolt by conservatives, who said the $659 million proposal did not address the core causes of unaccompanied Central American minors arriving at the border. Read full article >> more

Source: The Washington Post


‘Doctor Who’: Season 8 premiere, ‘Deep Breath,’ set for big screen too

Peter Capaldi will begin his tenure as the Twelfth Doctor on “Doctor Who” in “Deep Breath,” the premiere of Season 8. (BBC America)
Ready to see “Doctor Who” on the silver screen? With anticipation building for the show's imminent return, the newest Time Lord will also be getting a celluloid coming-out more

Source: Los Angeles Times


Leave kids alone, go to jail?

In March, single mother Shanesha Taylor, destitute and effectively homeless, was arrested on charges of leaving her children in her car during a 40-minute job interview. The children were unharmed, but Taylor then faced two counts of third-degree felony child abuse -- charges that sparked outrage across the country. more

Source: CNN Top Stories


Kashkari explains job-hunting stunt at Sacramento food bank

By (Laurel Rosenhall) With a hidden camera in his backpack and a professional videographer waiting outside, Neel Kashkari, the Republican candidate for California governor, said he walked into stores, restaurants and car washes throughout Fresno during a recent week spent posing as a regular guy in need of a job.

Dottie Parker, Gary Stephens, more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


California health exchange touts 4.2 percent increase in rates for 2015

By (Christopher Cadelago) The state’s health insurance exchange released its preliminary insurance rates for the coming year on Thursday, announcing that the average premium will increase 4.2 percent.

Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee speaks to the media during the launch of Covered California in Rancho Cordova in October. more

Source: The Sacramento Bee


Chemists create nanofibers using unprecedented new method

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University have developed a novel method for creating self-assembled protein/polymer nanostructures that are reminiscent of fibers found in living cells. The work offers a promising new way to fabricate materials for drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. The findings were published in the July 28 issue more



Nanostructured metal-oxide catalyst efficiently converts CO2 to methanol (w/ Video)

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory have discovered a new catalytic system for converting carbon dioxide (CO2) to methanol-a key commodity used to create a wide range of industrial chemicals and fuels. With significantly higher activity than other catalysts now in use, the new system more



A mathematical theory proposed by Alan Turing in 1952 can explain the formation of fingers

Alan Turing, the British mathematician (1912-1954), is famous for a number of breakthroughs, which altered the course of the 20th century. In 1936 he published a paper, which laid the foundation of computer science, providing the first formal concept of a computer algorithm. He next played a pivotal role in more