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Solar Magnetic Energy, Better than Photovoltaic Cells?

Solar Magnetic Energy, Better than Photovoltaic Cells?

Researchers at the University of Michigan have discovered a new property of light that allows them to harness the magnetic attributes of light. Electromagnetism being a classically unified force, the relationship between light and magnetism is well known, but the magnetic component was thought to be weak enough that it could be safely ignored. Stephen Rand, a professor at UMich, said of this, "You could stare at the equations of motion all day and you will not see this possibility. We've all been taught that this doesn't happen. It's a very odd interaction. That's why it's been overlooked for more than 100 years." Scientists are so awesome.

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Artificial Leaf to Cheaply Provide Power For Developing World

Artificial Leaf to Cheaply Provide Power For Developing World

Yesterday we came to another major breakthrough in technology that's going to bring us a future without dependence on petroleum fuels. Last week we talked about a breakthrough in nanotech-batteries that charge in a fraction of the time needed for conventional batteries. Yesterday, scientists at the 241st Meeting of the American Chemican Society released details on a new design, an advanced solar cell married with fuel cells. Instead of transforming sunlight into stored sugars for a plant's metabolism, the artificial leaf uses the energy to transform water into hydrogen and oxygen for later combustion.

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Sign Phone Concept by Joseph K. Lee

Sign Phone Concept by Joseph K. Lee

The Sign phone concept, designed by Joseph K. Lee, is a sweet piece of vapor technology. Ideas like this are what keep us looking forward into the horizon of tomorrow with joy. With technologies like capacitive touch pads, Active Matrix Organic LED screens, and high-efficiency solar panels married together into this sleek looking phone, how can you go wrong?

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Teen Creates Death Ray with Brightness of 5,000 Suns

Teen Creates Death Ray with Brightness of 5,000 Suns

19 year old Eric Jacqmain created a "death ray" using 5,800 tiny mirrors placed in a 5'9” dish mounted on a wagon chassis. When objects (including a wood plank, a metal disk, an aluminum can, and a piece of mud) were placed in the focal point, they were quickly obliterated. It's pretty doubtful that the ray could produce the HEAT of 5,000 suns (which would be 30 million °C), but maybe it could equal the brightness of 5,000 suns.

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Woman Gets Ownership of the Sun Notarized

Woman Gets Ownership of the Sun Notarized

Owning a star isn't all that new. People have been registering stars for people for a long time now. And, while a man already reportedly owns the moon, it looks like a woman from Spain feels like she should be the rightful owner of the star of stars. That's right, Angeles Duran has officially registered her ownership of the sun.

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