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  1. 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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  2. 13-Year Old Uses Fibonacci Sequence for Better Solar Power UPDATED

    While walking through a forest in the winter, 7th grader Aidan Dwyer thought he saw a pattern in the way leaves and limbs grew from trees. Some photography, measurements, and investigating the work of other naturalists confirmed that plants produce new growth following a Fibonacci sequence. This pattern, where the previous numbers are added together to make the next number in sequence (1+1=2, 2+1=3, 3+2=5, 5+3=8, etc.), and its corresponding golden ratio have been observed all over the nature world. This got Dwyer thinking about why trees grew in this way, and if there was an evolutionary advantage in doing so. He knew that trees, like all plants, use their leaves to photosynthesize and decided to make that the focus of his investigation. To do so, he constructed a "tree" using the sequence of leaves found on an oak tree. Except on his tree, Dwyer placed photovoltaic cells instead of leaves.

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