It’s always amazing to see what happens when great minds work together towards a common goal which, in this case, is to improve our lives by making wise use of readily-available natural resources.
As it turns out, a group of researchers from the Michigan State University have developed an inspired piece of tech that may just revolutionize the way we tap solar power. According to the team, the transparent luminescent solar concentrator (TLSC) can gather green energy which can be potentially used for mobile devices, vehicles, and even buildings.
Because of its see-through feature, this solar panel can be installed in clear surfaces, such as windows, as it then collects solar energy without affecting the natural light transmitted by the sun.
“The technology,” according to an ArchitectureDesign article, “uses organic molecules which absorb light wavelengths which are not visible to the human eye, such as infrared and ultraviolet light.”
As Richard Lunt, assistant professor of chemical engineering and materials science at MSU’s College of Engineering, explained:
“We can tune these materials to pick up just the ultraviolet and the near infrared wavelengths that then ‘glow’ at another wavelength in the infrared. The captured light is transported to the contour of the panel, where it is converted to electricity with the help of thin strips of photovoltaic solar cells.”
Compared with rooftop solar panels, this new tech can collect greater amounts of energy as it takes advantage of its vertical positioning in buildings, for instance – and the cost doesn’t even have to be expensive.
The New York Times pointed out:
“If the cells can be made long-lasting, they could be integrated into windows relatively cheaply, as much of the cost of conventional photovoltaics is not from the solar cell itself, but the materials it is mounted on, like aluminum and glass. Coating existing structures with solar cells would eliminate some of this material cost.”
So far, further research is still needed but if these transparent cells display commercial viability, energy consumption for large buildings can decrease dramatically.
Dr. Lunt said:
“We’re not saying we could power the whole building, but we are talking about a significant amount of energy, enough for things like lighting and powering everyday electronics.”
Watch the video here to learn more about this awesome tech:
Oldest Rock On Earth Recently Found On The Moon!
How did it get there?
Experts believe that they have discovered the Earth’s oldest rock and funny as it may seem, they found it, not on our home planet, but on the moon! This discovery sparks imagination and new theories that could help us understand how the early Earth was formed.
NASA has sent several missions on the moon. Astronauts in these missions were given the task to take samples of rocks and whatever they can find on the moon for earthlings to study. One of these expeditions was the 1971 Apollo 14 where astronauts were able to collect the rock in limelight right now.
Scientists believe that they may have found the first evidence of terrestrial meteorite ever.
FaceTime Bug Allows Callers To Eavesdrop On Other People Even Before Call Is Picked Up
This is scary!
Apple is in shambles right now as a FaceTime bug, which allows eavesdropping, has surfaced. Apparently, this bug allows iPhone users to activate another person’s microphone remotely.
Basically, the bug’s like this: you call someone on FaceTime, add yourself so you create a group chat while the phone is still ringing and voila, you will be able to hear the audio of the person you are calling even if he/she has not picked up yet.
Apple Facetime Allows Users To Eavesdrop
First Paralyzed Man Treated With Stem Cells Regains Upper Body Movement
He was completely paralyzed from the neck down but can now move his hands and arms!
Stem cells are already believed to be the one medical treatment that can cure just about anything. But can it actually help someone walk again? A paralyzed man is the first patient who has been treated with stem cells. Amazingly, the patient has already regained upper body movement.
Kristopher Boesen has been paralyzed since he was in a car accident that changed his life. Boesen lost control of his car on a slippery road surface and slammed into a tree. Although he survived, doctors told Boesen's parents that he might never be able to function from the neck down again. However, things changed when Boesen got an offer that could change things for the better.
The procedure called for stem cells to be injected directly into the spine cord.