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“Seed Pod” Sculpture Blooms at Night with Solar Energy

Solar Lights Sculpture

“Seed Pod,” Chattanooga’s first solar-powered sculpture, will be on exhibit for 18 months in Renaissance Park. The sculpture was created by Birmingham, Ala., artist Deedee Morrison and is part of Public Art Chattanooga’s 2012 Biennial Sculpture Exhibition. (Photo: Staff)

A new solar-powered sculpture installed Wednesday near the wetlands in Renaissance Park artistically demonstrates how solar power works by illuminating laser-cut sheets of metal designed to replicate a seed pod coming out of a dormant state to form new life.

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DIY Solar Panels Made Out Of Grass Clippings

After years of tweaking by other scientists, researchers at MIT have figured out how to chemically stabilize plant-derived photosystem-I (PS-I), the structures inside plant cells that perform photosynthesis, on a substrate that creates electric current when exposed to light–all using readily available materials.

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Solar Decathlon moves to Irvine, CA for 2013

Last week, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced that the international event, which challenges 20 university teams from around the world to build asolar-powered home and compete in 10 events, will take place at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif., in 2013.

Since the first event in 2002 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., it has been held in the nation’s capital. And it has spawned sister events in Europe and China.

The new location is on former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, which Irvine is turning into sustainable parkland, according to the DOE.

The teams will build their homes on the runway, which will make it easier for teams to set up their homes and won’t damage the land—as the competition had done to the National Mall, since the homes were built on grassy land.

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Solar Power is making Science possible in Developing Countries

An innovative project led by a chemistry academic at the University of Southampton is using solar generators to provide IT resources and ‘hands-on’ science for students in developing countries. To read more about this please follow this link: Solar Powered Science

Google Science Fair Opens Today


The annual Google Science Fair opens today, calling anyone and everyone 13 to 18 years old to push the edges of our knowledge and help pave the way to the future. Just like a school science fair, entrants submit their idea, perform their experiments and then present the results to be judged. What sets this event apart is the worldwide participation, world-renowned judges, and life-changing prizes.

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Solar-Powered Wireless Keyboard Is a Sunny Delight

Two solar panels at the top of the keyboard work to keep the internal battery charged, even in low indoor ambient light.

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Mapping Solar Grid Parity

Here is a great interactive map that shows when Metropolitan areas in the US will achieve grid parity.

Mapping Solar Grid Parity

Solar-powered boat sails around the world

Solar Halloween Lights

Halloween lighting is an essential component of this holiday. But it presents a big problem – the miles of wires, extension cords, power strips and plugs which all must be hidden. Solar Halloween lights can relieve some of these problems. Although the availability of solar Halloween products is still rather limited, this year has more to offer than ever before. Here are some solar solutions!

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