Nanotechnology Meets Solar Power
New methods of creating solar cells cut manufacturing costs nearly in half. The New Jersey-based company is also working to create super-efficient cells by using nanotechnology.
What's the Latest Development?
A new low-energy method of making solar cells could cut the manufacturing costs nearly in half, making them far more efficient or cheaper than conventional cells. Rather than the high-temperature gas-based process currently used by most manufacturers, the new technique "deposits coatings in a low-temperature, liquid-based process." The technology, developed at Rice University, is being commercialized by a New Jersey start up which estimates it can save $1 million annually on electricity costs using the low-temperature method.
What's the Big Idea?
The New Jersey company, Natcore Technology, is also working to incorporate nanotechnology into the solar cell industry. One of the designs for a next-generation solar panel involves depositing 'quantum dots' on silicon solar cells. "The quantum dots are designed to absorb colors that silicon doesn't, potentially doubling the efficiency of solar cells." Natcore is also working with Kodak to develop a process that coats carbon nanotubes with a solar semiconductor material to produce thin, flexible solar cells.
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Giving our solar system a "slap in the face"
- A stream of galactic debris is hurtling at us, pulling dark matter along with it
- It's traveling so quickly it's been described as a hurricane of dark matter
- Scientists are excited to set their particle detectors at the onslffaught
Bernardo Kastrup proposes a new ontology he calls “idealism” built on panpsychism, the idea that everything in the universe contains consciousness. He solves problems with this philosophy by adding a new suggestion: The universal mind has dissociative identity disorder.
There’s a reason they call it the “hard problem.” Consciousness: Where is it? What is it? No one single perspective seems to be able to answer all the questions we have about consciousness. Now Bernardo Kastrup thinks he’s found one. He calls his ontology idealism, and according to idealism, all of us and all we perceive are manifestations of something very much like a cosmic-scale dissociative identity disorder (DID). He suggests there’s an all-encompassing universe-wide consciousness, it has multiple personalities, and we’re them.
Once again, our circadian rhythm points the way.
- Seven individuals were locked inside a windowless, internetless room for 37 days.
- While at rest, they burned 130 more calories at 5 p.m. than at 5 a.m.
- Morning time again shown not to be the best time to eat.
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