All men dream: but not equally.
Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake in the
day to find that it was vanity: but the dreamers of the day are dangerous
men, for they may act their dreams with open eyes, to make it possible.
– T.E. Lawrence, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom
from the article,
One of the problems with harvesting sunlight is that the sun’s rays can be highly destructive to many materials. Sunlight leads to a gradual degradation of many systems developed to harness it. But plants have adopted an interesting strategy to address this issue: They constantly break down their light-capturing molecules and reassemble them from scratch, so the basic structures that capture the sun’s energy are, in effect, always brand new.
Guess what… MIT researchers have discovered a way to use seven different compounds to mimic natures way of assembling and breaking down a material that is used to generate electricity from sunlight. To repeat: we’ve created a artificial plant-like material that can generate electricity. Wow. Wow….
Seriously. Stop. Drinking. Bottled Water. Stop it. Seriously.
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