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Ancient Diatoms Lead to New Technology for Solar Energy


April 8, 2009

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Engineers at Oregon State University have discovered a way to use an ancient life form to create one of the newest technologies for solar energy in systems that may be surprisingly simple to build compared to existing silicon-based solar cells. The secret: diatoms. Full Story

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