Physical sciences

Definition

Physical sciences are those academic disciplines that aim to uncover the underlying laws of nature - often written in the language of mathematics. It is a collective term for areas of study including astronomy, chemistry, materials science and physics.

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    Luminescent solar concentrators (LSCs) offer a unique opportunity to ‘invisibly’ integrate semi-transparent photovoltaic architectural elements, such as electrodeless glazing units, into the building envelope. This Review highlights the advancements making LSCs a realistic technology for near zero-energy buildings, along with the remaining challenges and strategies for further device optimization.

    • Francesco Meinardi
    • , Francesco Bruni
    •  & Sergio Brovelli
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    • Karen J. Meech
    • , Robert Weryk
    • , Marco Micheli
    • , Jan T. Kleyna
    • , Olivier R. Hainaut
    • , Robert Jedicke
    • , Richard J. Wainscoat
    • , Kenneth C. Chambers
    • , Jacqueline V. Keane
    • , Andreea Petric
    • , Larry Denneau
    • , Eugene Magnier
    • , Travis Berger
    • , Mark E. Huber
    • , Heather Flewelling
    • , Chris Waters
    • , Eva Schunova-Lilly
    •  & Serge Chastel
  • Research | | open

    The magnitude of organic carbon burial in lakes and reservoirs is poorly constrained. Here, using a compilation of modern data from the literature and statistical modeling, the authors estimate a global yearly organic carbon burial of 0.15 Pg C in inland waters, of which 40% is stored in reservoirs.

    • Raquel Mendonça
    • , Roger A. Müller
    • , David Clow
    • , Charles Verpoorter
    • , Peter Raymond
    • , Lars J. Tranvik
    •  & Sebastian Sobek
  • Research | | open

    Extracellular vesicles (EV)-associated RNAs are serum biomarkers potentially exploitable for early cancer diagnosis. Here the authors develop a catalyzed hairpin DNA circuit within a cationic lipid-polymer hybrid nanoparticle that can detect low–level EV-associated RNAs in early stage cancer patients.

    • Jiaming Hu
    • , Yan Sheng
    • , Kwang Joo Kwak
    • , Junfeng Shi
    • , Bohao Yu
    •  & L. James Lee
  • Research | | open

    The terrestrial carbon cycle is strongly influenced by El Niño/Southern Oscillation (ENSO), but how this relationship will change in future is not clear. Here the authors use state-of-the-art models to show that the sensitivity of the carbon cycle to ENSO will increase under future climate change.

    • Jin-Soo Kim
    • , Jong-Seong Kug
    •  & Su-Jong Jeong

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