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    Flexible Silicon Solar Cell Wires Could Make Solar Charging Fabrics A Reality

    A team led by Penn State researchers has succeeded in building silicon fibers thinner than a human hair that can act as solar cells. If the work scales up to produce longer fibers as well as the team thinks it could, these solar energy absorbing threads could be woven into clothing in the future. So if you've ever wanted a jacket that can pull in energy through the fibers it's made of and use it charge your phone while you take a stroll in the park, take heart -- you might be getting it sooner than expected.

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  2. Science

    Pacific Islands of Tokelau First Territory To Be 100% Solar Powered

    The island territory of Tokelau consists of just three small islands, including Atafu Atoll, above, which looks really pretty from the International Space Station, and has just 1,500 residents, so you can be forgiven for not knowing that it...is a thing that exists. This little group of islands has taken in a big step, though, becoming the first territory in the world to draw 100% of its energy from solar power.

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  3. Tech

    IKEA Going Energy Independent, Will Install Cheap Solar Panels in All Stores

    Swedish furniture giant IKEA is committing to energy independence in its stores worldwide, announcing today that it would strive to produce as much energy as it consumes as a corporation by 2020. Stores and warehouses will be outfitted with solar panels, while the company will also make new investments in wind farms that it hopes will make it an energy neutral enterprise.

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  4. 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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  5. Science

    Not Just for Popeye: Spinach Protein Boosts Solar Cell Power

    Spinach is apparently good for more than just growing hilariously oversized cartoon muscles. A team at Vanderbilt University has used a protein found in the light-loving leafy green to boost the electrical output from photovoltaic power cells. A study released today in the journal Advanced Materials found that by combining silicon solar cells with the photosynthesis protein Photosystem 1 (PS1), they could achieve improvements in both the current and voltage produced by traditional solar cells.

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