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  1. Tech

    Get Rich or Go Green Trying: Museum of Coal Mining Makes Serious Cash With $olar Panels

    With a name like Big Pit: National Coal Mining Museum -- located in Blaenafon, Torfaen, South Wales -- you would think the place would keep with the theme by powering their museum with the very same stuff they tore apart the land to get. In an ironic twist, the museum has installed 200 solar panels atop the building's roof, providing them with a constant energy source that produces no harmful emissions. In truth, this is merely a nice little perk in comparison to what they really gain from their decision to go eco-friendly. In fact, one can say the museum is making the green by going green.

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  2. Entertainment

    Stop-Motion LEGOs Make Installing Solar Panels Interesting [Video]

    Created by The Eco Experts in an attempt to show how easy it is to install solar panels, this stop-motion LEGO video does just that, and warms our cold, jaded hearts in the process. Look at how adorable solar panels are, guys! It's like having a puppy nailed to your roof and powers your household.

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  3. Science

    Twirling, Twirling Towards Energy Independence: Spinning Solar Cells Could Boost Energy Production Twenty Fold

    A new solar cell company is boasting that its one-of-a-kind solar panels (they are blue and pretty and cone-shaped and spinning!) are more than just eye-candy, and could boost solar production twenty fold over conventional flat panel solar cells. Sounds too good to be true, right? Well, yeah, probably, but it's an intriguing new design for an industry that could really do with a kick in the pants about now, so let's learn more, shall we?

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  4. Science

    Solar Panels Made By Ion Cannon Could Halve Production Costs

    Solar power is a pretty direct and elegant way to generate power. After all, most traditional fuels involve energy that originated from the sun in one way or another, and unlike oil, gas, even hydroelectric and wind, solar power doesn't require any of those pesky turbines. You just sit a panel out in the sun and wait. The problem is, convenient as that all may sound, the actually production of solar panels has been pretty inefficient up to this point, making them prohibitively expensive considering their relatively low level of energy collection. Now, however, a new production technique utilizing a literal ion cannon may be able to halve the production cost of solar cells and make them even better in the process.

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