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Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”

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Damn straight MSU


Notorious crossing! Swimmers achieve the impossible

After a five-day battle against heavy wind and waves, a relay team of fourteen swimmers have successfully crossed the Taiwan Strait for the first time in history.

The relay was composed of seven swimmers from the Chinese mainland and seven from Taiwan. On Monday afternoon, they kicked off their swim from the city of Hsinchu in Taiwan, and landed on Pingtan, a city in Fujian province, on Friday afternoon.

With fast currents, high tides and a threat of sharks, the 130-kilometer wide Taiwan Strait is well known for its danger to swimmers.

During the long trip, swimmers took shifts of about three hours each in the water. However, this could be shortened to half an hour if they encountered severe weather. All 14 swimmers completed the final leg of the journey together.

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