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  1. Review: We Fired Guns at the EnerPlex Kickr II Solar Panel… For Science

    Solar panels! Guns! Jeeps!

    EnerPlex sent us their Kickr II and Kickr IV solar panels to test. They specifically asked that we test their durability and even mentioned that the panels could be punctured and still work. So we did the only logical thing we could do in this situation: Shot one of them with guns and then ran it over with a Jeep. How did it hold up?

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  2. We Actually Went Out in the Sun To Test the EnerPlex Packr Solar Backpack

    ...and lived to write about it!

    Keeping my phone charged when I'm not home is a constant source of anxiety for me, and I don't think I'm alone. (Please tell me I'm not alone.) So any product that can help allay the fear of running out of juice immediately has my attention. The Enerplex Packr is a backpack with a built-in solar panel for charging your stuff on the go, and I had the chance to test it out.

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  3. Call Harvey Birdman, the World’s Largest Solar Power Plant Is Melting Birds

    Turns out regular birds don't do so well with the power of the sun.

    The world's largest solar power plant located in California, which started generating power just last week, is a beautiful sight, because it uses mirrors to focus the heat in sunlight instead of solar cells. It's so beautiful, in fact, that birds are drawn to it and then melted by the extreme heat.

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  4. Japan Wants To Solve The Energy Crisis With A Solar Power Plant On The Moon

    Uh, no, because that's where they have to build the Silver Millennium.

    Okay, so we know the Japanese have some pretty epic ideas, but this one might just take the delicious steamed cake. Architectural/engineering firm Shimizu has proposed a Moon-based solar power plant to solve our energy and climate crisis here on Earth. No word yet on whether or not it will be powered by Queen Serenity's Silver Crystal.

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  5. Product Review: Goal Zero Nomad 7 Solar Charger

    Power your stuff with the power of the Sun.

    We've been testing out the Goal Zero Nomad 7 portable solar charger and battery pack for the past few weeks. If you're thinking about buying a solar charger to power your electronics on the go, see what we thought about the Nomad after spending some time with it.

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  6. New Technique Hijacks Photosynthesis to Create Electricity From Plants

    Plants use energy from the Sun through photosynthesis, and humans use energy from the Sun through things like solar panels. A new technique created by researchers at the University of Georgia allows humans to get electricity from plants by hijacking the photosynthesis process. This research could someday lead to some very literal power plants.

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  7. It’s Always Sunny in Germany: Fox News Fails to Grasp Solar Power Reality

    Solar power is one of those divisive political issues that stereotypical Republicans hate and stereotypical Democrats love. Alternative energy in general falls pretty strictly down party lines, but solar power tends to receive the most flak. Government subsidies and the like are constantly talked about for one reason or another. Germany's producing a whole mess of solar energy, on the other and, and Fox & Friends apparently seems to think that it's because "they've got more sun than we do." One guess as to how accurate that statement is.

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  8. Different Photosynthesis Rates Show The Grass Really Is Greener Sometimes

    Researchers at Brown University have found the anatomical and evolutionary basis behind the fact that some varieties of grass really are greener than others -- or at least why they're able to produce food for themselves via photosynthesis more effectively than their cousins. According to a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a slight difference in the cellular structure around the veins in blades of grass can make the difference between a grass that is highly efficient and successful and one that just putters along.

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  9. Peel-and-Stick Solar Panels Now Reality, Solar-Powered Unicorn Stickers Likely Not Far Off

    One of the most limiting elements of solar power technology so far has been that panels require a rigid surface to support them, making their placement an effort and cost-intensive chore. A new process discovered at Stanford University though, may allow thin and flexible solar panels to be applied to virtually any surface in the near future. The new panels work like decals that can be applied with an adhesive to almost any surface, meaning that middle school children of the future may be able to power their mobile devices with the Lisa Frank stickers on their notebook. Truly, we live in an age of wonders.

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  10. 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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