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Zhenan Bao's stretchable solar cells will power 'super skin'

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Ultrasensitive electronic skin developed by researcher Zhenan Bao is getting even better. Now she's demonstrated that it can detect chemicals and biological molecules, in addition to sensing an incredibly light touch. And it can now be powered by a new, stretchable solar cell she's developed.

Bad publicity can be good, Business School study shows

In 2009, after months of scathing media reports of cars that could accelerate out of control, Toyota had an extremely expensive problem on its hands. Recalls, fines and plunging sales resulted in losses to the auto manufacturer in the neighborhood of $2 billion. But bad news isn't always bad for business. After the movie "Borat" made relentless fun of the nation of Kazakhstan, reported a 300 percent increase in requests for information about the country, and a wine described as "redolent of stinky socks" by a prominent website saw its sales increase by 5 percent.

Researchers develop technology for cheaper solar cells

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Solar energy could provide a clean alternative to fossil fuels, but the high cost of solar cells has been a major barrier to their widespread use. Adding a single layer of organic molecules to a solar cell can increase its efficiency threefold and could lead to cheaper, more efficient solar panels.

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  • Grief support for faculty and staff: The Help Center provides a quarterly support group for faculty and staff members dealing with the death of a co-worker, friend or loved one. The next meeting of the group is Tuesday, March 8, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., at the Help Center (Mariposa House). The group is facilitated by Help Center counselors Sean O'Riordan and Susan Owicki. To RSVP, call (650) 723-4577. There is no charge. Information is available on the Help Center website.
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LINDA DARLING-HAMMOND, MARIANO-FLORENTINO CUÉLLAR, ERIC HANUSHEK and REED HASTINGS appointed to a U.S. Department of Education commission on educational finance and equity . . .

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