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Black Silicon could mean improved solar cells

Black Silicon could mean improved solar cells

Silicon is in every piece of electronic equipment we own. However, when Harvard physicist Eric Mazur discovered black silicon, the substance was found to be a whole lot more sensitive to light, which could spell serious improvements in consumer electronics and more.

Black silicon was discovered in the late 1990's after a laser was shone on a silicon wafer that had sulfur hexafluoride on it. Once examined under an electron microscope, the wafer, which appeared black, had microscopic spikes all over it. This later proved to show an increased sensitivity to light. In fact, a "100 to 500 times increase in sensitivity to light compared to conventional silicon detectors," was found and the technology is now being implemented in night vision systems.
 
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Solyndra solar panels generate more energy

Solyndra solar panels generate more energy

Solar panels are a well known source of alternative energy. However, they are often discredited for not being very efficient, in that they do not convert as much energy as they could. However, these cylindrical solar panels made by Solyndra generate more energy.

And really it all is in the form. Apparently, the cylindrical shape makes it so more solar cells are in a more compact area. They are, in fact, curved into a glass tube. This increases energy output substantially, especially when compared to the output of a standard solar panel, which is typically flat.

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Google and GE partner to push for ‘Smart Grid’ Electricity

Google and GE partner to push for ‘Smart Grid’ Electricity

Google has announced a partnership with General Electric (GE) which will see the two companies cooperate on policy and technology solutions around electricity generation, transmission and distribution.  The deal will see the development of a so-called "smart grid" that can prioritize energy efficiency, use of environmentally-friendly sources such as enhanced geothermal systems and support electric vehicles.

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IKEA to sell cheap solar panels, other eco-tech

IKEA to sell cheap solar panels, other eco-tech

IKEA is known for their cheap furniture. And while their products may not be high-end, they get the job done. IKEA can afford to offer furniture so cheaply because they significantly cut costs by flat-packing their products which reduces shipping and storage prices. The only sacrifice is that you have to put the furniture together yourself.
 

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Nanoantenna Skin to provide next-gen PC cooling

Nanoantenna Skin to provide next-gen PC cooling

If you're looking for the next generation of PC cooling technology or consumer electronic recharging, you may only have to look so far as a group of researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory who have developed a flexible solar cell. This cell could be applied to all sorts of electronics to make recharging a snap and cooling devices a breeze.

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Magic Mushrooms to light your path

Magic Mushrooms to light your path

If you're looking to make your yard look a bit more mystical, or attempting to make it look like that last time you were on all those mystery drugs then pick up a few of these “Magic Mushrooms”.  That or you could just screw with your friends that have permanently fried their brain and pretend to not see them.

I have a couple of friends like that, when you invite them over it's a bit like hiring a clown for a child's party.  They are there as the entertainment.

The Solar Powered Sun Lounger

The Solar Powered Sun Lounger

A solar powered sun lounger is one of those ideas that you feel like an idiot for not thinking up yourself. It just seems so obvious, it sits in the sun, you lounge in it. You quite obviously have gadgets, so why not charge them while slowly baking your skin to charred little bits.

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