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Dr. Hwang Woo-suk, the disgraced Korean stem cell researcher, is back in the news again with a report that he has successfully cloned dogs.

Remember the fraudulent research of South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk? A new analysis of Hwang's research indicates that the disgraced scientist actually did reach a long-sought scientific goal. It's just not the one he claimed.

Solar cells: ten cents a watt
Solar cells: ten cents a watt
Existing solar cells that use silicon semiconductors cost around "$2.30 to generate one watt of electricity," whereas this group's solution costs just ten cents per watt. Better yet, plans are already in motion to increase efficiency up to 15-percent, after which we could see these things hitting the marketplace at large "by 2012."
More info in Technlogy Review.


The Buzz

Since early 2004 the scientific community has been all abuzz with news of the multiple remarkable discoveries of South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk. His work has given him rock-star status in South Korea that we can hardly imagine in America. The only problem is, he was completely lying about several of his key findings. He finally admitted to this deceit on Monday, Jan. 9th, but also claims he was sabotaged.

Hwang Woo-Suk: The scientist who fabricated stem cell research. Image credit

Hwang Woo-suk was a pioneer in the field of stem-cell research and cloning. Stem cells are the special cells in a human embryo that can grow into any type of tissue or organ in the body. Research into these cells offers the possibility of many unique science breakthroughs: