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Researchers have designed new type of solar cells inspired by the function of tiny butterfly wings


The new solar cell structure essentially mimics the scales on blue Morpho Didius butterfly wings. The Morpho Didius butterfly’s wing has tiny cone-shaped nanostructures that scatter light to create metallic, shimmering shades of blue. The blue color seems to change from light to dark when viewed from different angles by applying similar intricate wing patterns at the smallest scale; researchers have developed new solar cell structures. These solar cells are capable of controlling the direction of light more precisely than standard solar cells.

ANU engineers invent tiny structures inspired by butterfly wings that may lead to cool new technologies.— ANU Media (@ANUmedia) May 16, 2017

The possible applications of this new bio-inspired solar technology, which can absorb sunlight and convert it into a source of electricity or heat, are many and varied: from creating solar panels to facilitating the design of stealth technologies capable of avoiding enemy detection.


The technology could also be used in buildings as a part of their construction and enable residents to control how light and heat passes through the windows.

Researchers say the system is relatively cheap and could be used by both commercial and residential users.



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Flying cars set for takeoff at Tokyo Olympics in 2020

Japan has taken a step closer to realizing its dream of launching flying cars in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, following investment from a major car company.

Lack of dust makes China's air pollution much worse

Airborne dust is normally seen as an environmental problem, but the lack of it is making air pollution over China considerably worse.

Could Genetics Influence What We Like to Eat?

Understanding the roles of genes in eating behaviors and food preferences could lead to personalized diets that are easier to follow

“Project Portal” – a hydrogen fuel cell system designed for heavy duty truck use.

Toyota is big on hydrogen. While other major manufacturers are not sure about this technology and are moving towards pure electric power, Toyota is still toying with the idea that cars could be making electricity for themselves

Science and Technology Minister Is Spending 67.5 Million For 21 Selected Projects!

After comparing 331 research projects the ministry selected 21 projects to assist financially.

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