Daily Archives:January 9, 2013

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Scientists Mimic Fireflies to Make Brighter LEDs

Fireflies create light through a chemical reaction that takes place in specialized cells called photocytes. The light is emitted through a part of the insect’s exoskeleton called the cuticle. Light travels through the cuticle more slowly than it travels through air, and the mismatch means a proportion of the light is reflected back into the lantern, dimming the glow. The unique surface geometry of some fireflies’ cuticles, however, can help minimize internal reflections, meaning more light escapes to reachthe eyes of potential firefly suitors.

January 9th

Sauna Box Gives Shipping Container a New Life

Set yourself up with a steam room pretty much anywhere you want with the Sauna Box($41,000). Built into a shipping container, this semi-portable sauna is designed to be completely self-sufficient, with solar panels providing the power and a wood-burning stove. Features include a red cedar interior, integrated iPod stereo, electric guitar hookup, Castor stool, a magnetic truck light, and bronze antlers.

January 9th

Mosaic’s First 4 Solar Energy Crowdfunding Projects Sell Out In Under 24 Hours

For those interested in the future of crowdfunding solar projects, this report from Andrew at Clean Technica is encouraging. Sustainable energy news like this is worth sharing with many. [repostus hash=bdf0844df65cd091a612d751072bb41d title=Mosaic%26%238217%3Bs+First+4+Solar+Energy+Crowdfunding+Projects+Sell+Out+In+Under+24+Hours host=Clean+Technica short=1yaSj snip=%C2%A0+There%E2%80%99s+clearly+strong+and+broad+public+demand+for+rooftop+solar+systems+in+the+US+despite+fierce%2C+very+well-funded+opposition+in+Congress+fighting+stronger+steps+to+set+US+energy+policy+on+a+firmer%2C+fast+track+renewable+energy+path.+The+latest+evidence+comes+from+Oakland%2C+California%E2%80%99s+Solar%26hellip%3B thumb=3927465 jump=1]

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