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CosmicUnderstanding
2010-Sep-07, 10:45 PM
I found this article interesting. Nature has evolved so much over time that it can perform many complex processes on-demand. If we can figure out the key to performing these processes automatically, we could emulate nature much more precisely and intimately.

http://scienceagogo.com/news/20100805234309data_trunc_sys.shtml

MIT scientists create self-assembling solar cell

One of the problems with common photovoltaic cells is that the sun's rays can be highly destructive to the materials used in the cell, leading to a gradual degradation of its performance. But plants have adopted an interesting strategy to address this issue: They constantly break down their light-capturing molecules and reassemble them from scratch, so the basic structures that capture the sun's energy are, in effect, always new and at optimum efficiency. Now, MIT scientists have succeeded in mimicking a key aspect of that process.

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jlhredshift
2010-Sep-07, 10:55 PM
If we could do that on a large scale it would be a game changer, then we could build organic spaceships, like the Vorlan.

pzkpfw
2010-Sep-07, 11:15 PM
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Noclevername
2010-Sep-09, 10:00 PM
It is definitely the Wright Brothers flight of the solar energy industry. And it'll provide a motivational boost to the carbon nanotube production industry too.