A solar panel is typically made up of lots of silicon cells that together form a circuit. The electrons zip through the panels to create electricity in a very efficient manner. But what if scientists could create the same efficiency in a different material that was cheaper?
Fei Yu, a University of Cincinnati doctoral student in materials engineering, is studying how to make polymer solar cells more efficient. Right now their performance is well below the most efficient silicon solar panels.
The University of Cincinnati is stepping up efforts to improve safety around its main campus.
Block By Block Safety Ambassadors will fan out in neighborhoods surrounding University Heights. The idea is to improve safety and security in high foot-traffic areas. Crime around the UC campus has been making students and neighbors increasingly uneasy during the past year.
One of the still hotly contested debates over fracking is whether the practice of extracting trapped gas underground contaminates drinking water. Researchers at the University of Cincinnati are using an expensive machine to determine whether, at least in eastern Ohio, any contamination is naturally occurring or from fracking.
There's no shortage of negative publicity when it comes to fracking. Take the 2010 documentary "Gasland."