One Day Our Devices Will Self-Charge. This Technology Shows It's Possible.
A future of renewable energy can be ours.
An industry powered by renewables could be ours as early as 2050, according to researchers. This future depends on whether that industry is up to the task of developing the technology to support such a market. The Paris Agreement has helped show the world's commitment to supporting business decisions aimed at enhancing alternative energy solutions. Could this be the next step?
Smartwatch owners will be delighted to hear about this one: Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed an organic solar cell that can be taped to the skin, like a bandage, and is about half the size of a credit card. It generates enough energy to run a smartwatch.
"These devices are still kind of clunky,” researcher Timothy O’Connor said in an interview with New Scientist. “We’re trying to make these electronics almost imperceptibly integrated with the user.”
They tested the wearable solar cell's ability to handle the day-to-day twisting and bending that the skin endures, as well as its ability to sustainably “power an LED and a digital watch.”
This solution is unconventional, and whether or not it would succeed in the market is questionable. Building a zero-emission future will require developers to create a market full of choice, and making renewable energy solutions the easier choice. Paul Droege did just that when he created the SunPort.
“We have also grown in the building trades in terms of how you build energy-efficient homes and buildings,” says EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. “We have grown thousands and thousands of jobs. We are building the economy of the future by building in your considerations on environment into those decisions.”
Natalie has been writing professionally for about 6 years. After graduating from Ithaca College with a degree in Feature Writing, she snagged a job at PCMag.com where she had the opportunity to review all the latest consumer gadgets. Since then she has become a writer for hire, freelancing for various websites. In her spare time, you may find her riding her motorcycle, reading YA novels, hiking, or playing video games. Follow her on Twitter: @nat_schumaker
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A NASA astronomer explains how astronauts dispose of their, uh, dark matter.
- When nature calls in micro-gravity, astronauts must answer. Space agencies have developed suction-based toilets – with a camera built in to ensure all the waste is contained before "flushing".
- Yes, there have been floaters in space. The early days of space exploration were a learning curve!
- Amazingly, you don't need gravity to digest food. Peristalsis, the process by which your throat and intestines squeeze themselves, actually moves food and water through your digestive system without gravity at all.
The Harvard psychologist loves reading authors' rules for writing. Here are his own.
- Steven Pinker is many things: linguist, psychologist, optimist, Harvard professor, and author.
- When it comes to writing, he's a student and a teacher.
- Here's are his 13 rules for writing better, more simply, and more clearly.
A growing body of research shows promising signs that the keto diet might be able to improve mental health.
- The keto diet is known to be an effective tool for weight loss, however its effects on mental health remain largely unclear.
- Recent studies suggests that the keto diet might be an effective tool for treating depression, and clearing up so-called "brain fog," though scientists caution more research is necessary before it can be recommended as a treatment.
- Any experiments with the keto diet are best done in conjunction with a doctor, considering some people face problems when transitioning to the low-carb diet.
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