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Monday, July 20, 2015

Solar

It's summer and the most universal symbol of summer is the sun. It's amazing how we can harness the energy of the sun to power and heat our homes. More research and development, including investment, is needed before we can truly say we've taken full advantage of the sun.

Researchers at the Michigan State University are moving in the right direction with the development of a "fully transparent solar concentrator, which could turn any window or sheet of glass (like your smartphone’s screen) into a photovoltaic solar cell." Take a look at the photo that accompanies the article on the solar cell.

Look for one of the adult or children's books found in 523.7 and J 523.7 for books about the sun. Or, to learn about what human activity is doing to the power of the sun, look for the PBS video, Dimming the Sun [DVD 551.6 DIM].
Scientists examine the impact of pollution on the amount of sunlight that reaches the earth, maintaining that the effects of global dimming may alter rainfall patterns and contribute to droughts and famines worldwide.

Visit the NASA website to learn even more about the star that is nearest to us.

This photo of the sun was captured less than a week ago by NASA/STEREO.

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