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13-Year-Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence

13-Year-Old Makes Solar Power Breakthrough by Harnessing the Fibonacci Sequence
While most 13-year-olds spend their free time playing video games or cruising Facebook, one 7th grader was trekking through the woods uncovering a mystery of science. After studying how trees branch in a very specific way, Aidan Dwyer created a solar cell tree that produces 20-50% more power than a uniform array of photovoltaic panels. His impressive results show that using a specific formula for distributing solar cells can drastically improve energy generation. The study earned Aidan a provisional U.S patent – it’s a rare find in the field of technology and a fantastic example of how biomimicry can drastically improve design. Photo by Cristian Bortes Aidan Dwyer took a hike through the trees last winter and took notice of patterns in the mangle of branches. To see why they branch this way he built a small solar array using the Fibonacci formula, stepping cells at specific intervals and heights. His results did turn out to be incorrect though. Via Treehugger Related:  Climate change management (adaptation + mitigation)

DNA Can be influenced and reprogrammed by words and frequencies « Quantum Pranx by Grazyna Fosar and Franz BludorfRussian DNA Discoveries: Original version THE HUMAN DNA IS A BIOLOGICAL INTERNET and superior in many aspects to the artificial one. The latest Russian scientific research directly or indirectly explains phenomena such as clairvoyance, intuition, spontaneous and remote acts of healing, self healing, affirmation techniques, unusual light/auras around people (namely spiritual masters), mind’s influence on weather patterns and much more. In addition, there is evidence for a whole new type of medicine in which DNA can be influenced and reprogrammed by words and frequencies WITHOUT cutting out and replacing single genes. Only 10% of our DNA is being used for building proteins. It is this subset of DNA that is of interest to western researchers and is being examined and categorized. They found that the alkalines of our DNA follow a regular grammar and do have set rules just like our languages. One can simply use words and sentences of the human language!

Parametric Wood Turn Steel Into Solar Panels With Photovoltaic Spray Paint No, it's not a joke or a crazy awesome futuristic concept . It's real. Tata Steel Europe (formerly Corus) and Swansea University in Wales, UK are collaborating to develop a spray-on technology that would transform steel sheets into solar panels. The technology has significant applications since it is highly efficient even in diffused sunlight. If extended, the technology can find its way to the automobile industry where photo-sensitive dyes can be applied to cars to generate electricity to split water into hydrogen and oxygen for fuel cells. Imagine the applications of such a product. The power options could be limitless. And if you think the spray-on solar technology is years away from reality, think again. The technology gains significance because the process of 'printing' these dyes on the steel sheets has already been mastered by Tata's European subsidiary Corus which is working on a new plant for the production of these steel sheets. [Photo: Jaredmoo /Flickr]

Perturbation theory: are we covering up new physics? | Jon Butterworth | Life & Physics | Science A graphical representation of a proton-proton collision. Loosely speaking, the red, yellow and some blue bits are the skeleton, and the green stuff is squishy. Credit: Frank Krauss, Sherpa. We're measuring all kinds of stuff at the Large Hadron Collider right now. The question we're addressing could be summed up as Does the Standard Model of particle physics work at LHC energies or not? If it works, there is a Higgs boson but not much else new. This begs the question (of me at least) How well do we really understand the predictions of the Standard Model at these energies? This isn't an easy one. The strength of a force can be expressed as a number. This is mostly true at LHC energies, except for when it isn't. The bits when isn't mostly involve the strong nuclear force, Quantum Chromodynamics. For example, aspects of how quarks and gluons are distributed inside the protons we collide can't be calculated from first principles. * See here for what might be a good quote on that.

Carbon sequestration by soils: Our best shot at cooling the planet might be right under our feet | Global Development Professionals Network It’s getting hot out there. Every one of the past 14 months has broken the global temperature record. Ice cover in the Arctic sea just hit a new low, at 525,000 square miles less than normal. If we want to stay below the upper ceiling of 2 degrees, though, we still have a shot. How to make up the difference is one of the biggest questions of the 21st century. This leaves us in a bit of a bind. Soil is the second biggest reservoir of carbon on the planet, next to the oceans. As our soils degrade, they are losing their ability to hold carbon, releasing enormous plumes of CO2 [pdf] into the atmosphere. There is, however, a solution. The science on this is quite exciting. Yet despite having the evidence on their side, proponents of regenerative farming – like the international farmers’ association La Via Campesina – are fighting an uphill battle. Scientists are calling their bluff. The battle here is not just between two different methods. Ultimately, this is about more than just soil.

Australian Engineers Unveil "Free Energy Machine" THE world may soon be able to buy one of the Far North's most controversial yet revolutionary inventions. The Lutec 1000 free energy machine have resurfaced after six years of steering clear of the public spotlight, having been granted patents in at least 60 countries around the world, including the US, China and India. Engineers John Christie and Lou Brits, who have endured intense criticism after they first unveiled their invention in 2001, are now preparing to construct a prototype of their revolutionary power device they hope to market within the next two years. The dynamic duo said they felt somewhat vindicated they had been able to land patents for their device and have had the Lutec verified by an independent engineer. "When we first kicked off, there was a huge fuss about it and people said we’d never get patents for it," Mr Christie said. "They said it would never work, so we couldn’t get patents, so it’s a good thing to see now."

Symmetry in Plants: Phyllotaxis 1. Observing Spiral Patterns > 2. Spiral Applet > 3. Dynamical Model Applet > 4. Cylindrical Spirals > 5. Cylindrical Spirals Applet > 6. 4. In the three previous sections, you explored spiral structures that are observed when looking at a flower from above, or a pine cone from below. In this section, we go over steps similar to Section 1, but instead of planar spiral, we observe and create planar ones. Task 20: Using plants that you have available (eg. cylindrical pine cones, cacti, pineapples, palm trees, flowers stems from which you may want to cleanly cut the leaves), observe and count spirals winding up in opposite direction up the cylindrical surface. Task 21: Using the loose cylinder circles sheet, find a way to place one dot on each line in such a way that, as you close up the sheet into a cylinder, the dots form a regular spiral. Task 22: What kind of rule similar to that of the Remark in Task 2 are you applying to make your construction? Congratulations! 1.

Scientists Develop Affordable Solar Panels That Work In The Dark It's about damn time, don't you think? Scientists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory announced Wednesday that they have been able to confirm a new high-efficiency solar cell design that utilizes nearly the entire solar spectrum. Translation: They figured out a way to make solar panels generate electricity in the dark. CleanTechnica says , In earlier trials, the researchers used different alloys that achieved full spectrum responses but involved very high production costs. The Lawrence Berkeley breakthrough represents just one path to increasing the efficiency and lowering the cost of solar cells. In the meantime, you could just turn any metal surface into solar panels with photovoltaic spray paint . [Photo: Norby /Flickr]

Immoral thoughts: how does the brain react? When a person thinks about naughty things, does one side of the brain get more exercised than the other? Eight scientists studied that question. Their report, Hemispheric Asymmetries During Processing of Immoral Stimuli, appears in the journal Frontiers in Evolutionary Neuroscience. The stated goal is to describe "the neural organisation of moral processing". Debra Lieberman, a professor of evolutionary psychology at the University of Miami, Florida, acts as spokesperson for the team. They had to work with a few limitations – the same limitations that apply to anyone who tries to describe what's going on in the brain. With the exception of a few crackpots or geniuses, scientists don't claim to understand how the 100,000,000,000 or so parts of the human brain manage to think thoughts. The study does not risk getting bogged down in those larger, complicated conundrums. The scientists sought their answer by recruiting some test subjects.

Heating up the Games: Why the British Isles could be the only viable Olympic hosts Only four Northern hemisphere cities are likely to be cool enough to host the summer Olympic and Paralympic Games by 2100 – Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow Tropical Rio de Janeiro is in the middle of an Olympic-Paralympic Games festival of sport, with Tokyo primed to take over in 2020, and Paris, Los Angeles, and Budapest jostling over who gets to host the Games four years after that (Rome is also technically in the running but nobody expects its bid to survive much longer if the new mayor sticks to her election promises). But a warming climate suggests that sites for future Olympics will be significantly more restricted. Summary of all 645 northern hemisphere cities in 2085 capable of mounting the Summer Olympics.