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    MIT scientists create self-assembling solar cell

    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.

    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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    If we could do that on a large scale it would be a game changer, then we could build organic spaceships, like the Vorlan.

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    Please do not copy entire articles from other web sites unless it is very clear from the T&C's of that website that such copying is encouraged.
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    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.
    "I'm planning to live forever. So far, that's working perfectly." Steven Wright

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