The Daily Brief: Tuesday, March 26

March 26, 2013, 4:02 p.m.

SIMES researchers develop new solar energy chips | Researchers at the Stanford Institute for Materials and Energy Sciences (SIMES) have developed a solar energy chip that is 100 times more efficient than previous iterations. The new solar device has an efficiency of two percent – compared to a few hundredths of a percent previously – and utilizes a photon-enhanced thermionic emission (PETE) process that captures heat as well as light for conversion into electricity.

School of Medicine receives $6.9 million grant | Researchers at the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and the School of Medicine have received a $6.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to study post-transplant lymphoproliferative disorder, a high-risk form of childhood cancer. The disorder, which is caused by immune-suppressing medications, can occur in children who have had an organ transplant. The study will focus on ways to predict and detect the disorder in its early stages.

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