William Yuan, a seventh-grader from Portland, OR, developed a three-dimensional solar cell that absorbs UV as well as visible light. The combination of the two might greatly improve cell efficiency. William’s project earned him a $25,000 scholarship and a trip to the Library of Congress to accept the award, which is usually given out for research at the graduate level.
“Current solar cells are flat and can only absorb visible light,” he said. “I came up with an innovative solar cell that absorbs both visible and UV light. My project focused on finding the optimum solar cell to further increase the light absorption and efficiency and design a nanotube for light-electricity conversion efficiency.”
You know, that’s just what I was thinking when I was 12, but my idea didn’t quite work. Well, it was just a paper towel roll with “Solar Rays” written on the side in Sharpie, and I tried to use it to melt G.I. Joe figures. But still. Well done, William!
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Sony WALKMAN NWZ-A
Sony WALKMAN A series
Amidst the blanket coverage that surrounds a flurry of new releases from Apple it’s sometimes the case that other very brilliant gadgetry gets left behind. This is certainly the case with Sony’s new WALKMAN models, which were unveiled recently with a fanfare of celebrity and music industry approval in a hip corner of London’s Hackney.
The new WALKMAN NWZ-A has a raft of technical capabilities that leave its Apple rivals out in the cold not least the 33 hours playback, which means enough battery power to take you on the world’s longest flight and get you through customs at both ends.
The Kia Kee Coupé concept
HLD 4 hairdryer designed by Dieter Rams for Braun in 1970
Post-War Plastics, Vitsoe
From computers to food wrapping and iPods to cars, plastic has become such an integral part of our daily lives that it’s impossible to imagine life without it. And equally impossible to imagine is that just fifty years ago, plastic was revolutionary; brushed with the aura of a fantastical Jetsons-tinted future.