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Went to Times Square tonight thinking I might get into a flash mob but instead just found Cookie Monster on a break.
New solar cell technique could more than double efficiency.
A joint Australian/German research team have developed a way to boost efficiency of solar cells up to a record breaking 40% efficiency. Current panels have around 12-17% efficiency.
Called photochemical upconversion, the process captures energy that is normally lost in solar cells.
“We are able to boost efficiency by forcing two energy-poor red photons in the cell to join and make one energy-rich yellow photon that can capture light, which is then turned into electricity,” Associate Professor Schmidt said.
“We now have a benchmark for the performance of an upconverting solar cell. We need to improve this several times, but the pathway is now clear.”
It’s big. It’s blue. It’s plastic. It’s a triangle.
James Dean during the filming of Rebel Without a Cause (1955, dir. Nicholas Ray) Photographer: Dennis Stock (via)
Shyness Study Examines How Human Brain Adapts to Stimuli
Shyness may be the result of deficits in two areas of the brain, new research from Vanderbilt University finds. Extremely shy or inhibited individuals are typically slow to acclimate to new people.
Paul Higgins: I think that we have to be really careful in these sorts of areas in confusing the ideas of a disease with a range of behaviours or states along a continuum of normal human behaviour. Having been a shy child myself, and still tending towards the shy and introverted side of the spectrum (although a lot of people would not pick that up) I think it is important that when seeking to understand how the brain works we do not categorise people as abnormal just because they are not average.
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Osheaga, an annual 3-day music festival in Montréal since 2006, for those not in the know, has revealed their 2012 lineup and it’s by far their best to date (and believe us when we say that we are hard to please). Here are all the bands that have confirmed so far: The Black Keys, …
Lauren Hermele, On Different Ground, follows a family’s transition from NYC “post 9-11, to Pawlet, Vermont. Hermele describes how this series ‘deals with the idea of home and a sense of being in the right place,’ concepts that are hard to define, let alone convey visually. ‘Over the years, as both this project and this family’s life have evolved, these photos continue to move beyond the boundaries of their initial post-9-11 framework onto contemplating a transplanted life and the idea of home in rural America,’ says Hermele, who was recently named one of PDN’s 30: New and Emerging Photographers to Watch.”