World’s most efficient solar cells created. The University of New South Wales’ ARC Photovoltaic Centre of Excellence has reported the first silicon solar cell to achieve the milestone of 25 per cent efficiency. The UNSW ARC Photovoltaic Centre of Excellence already held the world record of 24.7 per cent for silicon solar cell efficiency. Now a revision of the international standard by which solar cells are measured, has delivered the significant 25 per cent record to the team led by Professors Martin Green and Stuart Wenham and widened their lead on the rest of the world. — Science Alert

Australia to build huge electric car grid by 2012. Apparently not content with just one giant ongoing infrastructure project, Australia has committed to fully outfitting three of its biggest cities for widespread electric car use. In hardware terms, that amounts to 200,000-250,000 charging stations each for Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, with an additional 150 battery swap stations scattered between them. — Gizmodo

US environmental activists say they were on terrorist list. A handful of professional environmental advocates were placed on a Maryland State Police list of suspected terrorists, activists charged this morning. Three staffers for the Chesapeake Climate Action Network have learned they were on a list compiled by the state police, which also included nonviolent peace activists and anti-death penalty advocates, said Mike Tidwell, the group’s founder and executive director. — Hometown Annapolis

Dancing With Wolves. A new reality series follows a British couple as they attempt to integrate themselves into a pack of wolves. It makes for good drama, but are they downright crazy? Perhaps you’ve heard of Shaun Ellis before. For 21 years, the British wolf expert has been living among wolves—howling, licking and snarling as one of them, both in the wild and in captivity, in the name of research. — Newsweek

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