Light can “heal” defects in some solar cells

Cambridge, Massachusetts - A family of compounds known as perovskites, which can be made into thin films with many promising electronic and optical properties, has been a hot research topic in recent years. But although these materials could potentially be highly useful in applications such as solar cells, some limitations still hamper their efficiency and consistency.

Rare Evolutionary Event Detected

Austin, Texas - It took nearly a half trillion tries before researchers at The University of Texas at Austin witnessed a rare event and perhaps solved an evolutionary puzzle about how introns, noncoding sequences of DNA located within genes, multiply in a genome. The results, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, address fundamental questions about the evolution of new species and could expand our understanding of gene expression and the causes of diseases such as cancer.

President Obama to Travel to Colorado Springs

Washington, DC - On Thursday, June 2, the President will deliver the commencement address to the 2016 graduates of the United States Air Force Academy. The U.S. Air Force Academy is recognized for educating and training some of the nation’s most dedicated leaders, and the President looks forward to thanking them for their service.

Disability and the Face of Mercy

West Lafayette, Indiana - The Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture and the Jacques Maritain Center at Notre Dame, in collaboration with the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization, are hosting a two-day colloquium on disability and mercy to take place in Rome, June 5–6, 2016. The colloquium will bring together theologians, scholars, historians, persons with disabilities, families, and intentional Christian communities for shared discussion about disability and the ways in which mercy, properly understood, requires friendship, communion, and a shared life with those who have disabilities.

Missouri Regulators Take Right Approach to Aetna-Humana Merger

Chicago, Illinois - Steven J. Stack, MD President, American Medical Association: