Monthly Archives: September 2010

All men dream: but not equally

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

Artificial plant-like material that can generate electricity? Science WIN!

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….