The Sunshine #9-4

What the world needs now… “What the world needs now, is love sweet love. It’s the only thing that there’s just too little of. What the world needs now, is love sweet love. Not just for you and me, but for everyone.” Those immortal words of Burt Bacharach and Hal David ring ever more true…

Engineers Design “Tree-on-a-Chip”

Microfluidic device generates passive hydraulic power Engineers have designed a microfluidic device they call a “tree-on-a-chip,” which mimics the pumping mechanism of trees and other plants. Image: news.mit.edu Requires no moving parts or external pumps, able to pump water and sugars through chip at steady flow rate for days March 20, 2017: Trees and other…

Hot New Solar Cell

System converts solar heat into usable light, increasing device’s overall efficiency MIT researchers have demonstrated, for the first time, an STPV device that has a higher solar-to-electrical conversion efficiency compared to that of the underlying PV cell. Photo: courtesy of the researchers. David L. Chandler, MIT News Office, May 23, 2016: A team of MIT…

A New Approach

MIT develops nontoxic way of generating portable power; Battery substitutes produce current by burning fuel-coated carbon nanotubes like a fuse March 14, 2016: The batteries that power the ubiquitous devices of modern life, from smartphones and computers to electric cars, are mostly made of toxic materials such as lithium that can be difficult to dispose…