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(Tom's Hardware)   Researchers find that spinach can increase the energy efficiency of solar panels. Well blow me down   (tomshardware.com) divider line 28
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2012-09-23 11:43:25 PM
And it can make or break your spanikopita.
 
2012-09-23 11:45:31 PM
Ack ack ack ack ack!
 
2012-09-24 12:01:55 AM
Heh... great headline, subby
 
2012-09-24 12:39:04 AM
Hamberger covered solar cells produced wimpy results.

In other news, oh shiat, they might have found a way to use spinach for energy. Expect the price of spinach to jump considerably if that happens.

As a scientist, I think I will look into how to use bacon as a more efficient fuel source for something. My ultimate evil plan. Muahahahahahahaha!!!
 
2012-09-24 12:55:08 AM
Like many plants, spinach contains a photosynthetic protein that converts light into electrochemical energy.

Many plants? I thought it was all of them?
 
2012-09-24 01:12:42 AM
Submitter is Mel Gibson?
 
2012-09-24 02:03:58 AM

fusillade762: Many plants? I thought it was all of them?


Some plants run on oil, coal or nuclear energy. Solar is a joke. :)
 
2012-09-24 02:27:07 AM

Makh: fusillade762: Many plants? I thought it was all of them?

Some plants run on oil, coal or nuclear energy. Solar is a joke. :)


The most efficient plants are hybrids
 
2012-09-24 02:48:53 AM

fusillade762: Like many plants, spinach contains a photosynthetic protein that converts light into electrochemical energy.

Many plants? I thought it was all of them?


All green plants have chlorophyll as a light-absorbing pigment, but the accessory molecules that actually handle the electron transport can be different. This particular protein molecule is notable for remaining chemically active outside of living cells.
 
2012-09-24 02:54:05 AM
Sunlight has what plants crave.
 
2012-09-24 03:07:41 AM

fusillade762: Like many plants, spinach contains a photosynthetic protein that converts light into electrochemical energy.

Many plants? I thought it was all of them?


A few plants are not photosynthetic, e.g. Indian Pipe.
 
2012-09-24 04:02:33 AM
Looks like Popeye was right about spinach all along.
 
2012-09-24 05:26:07 AM

spamdog: Sunlight has what plants crave.


plants crave electrolytes...
 
2012-09-24 08:06:37 AM
He's increased the voltage
By adding some foliage
He's Pop-eye the Science Man
 
2012-09-24 08:47:03 AM

Cuchulane: Ack ack ack ack ack!


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2012-09-24 08:53:08 AM

notmtwain: Cuchulane: Ack ack ack ack ack!

Popeye laugh reel

The spelling of Popeye's laugh

Choices:

-AAAHuuUUH GUhGuhGuhGuh

-Ah ga ga ga ga ga ga.

-uk uk uk uk uk uk uk

-A-gah-gah-gah-gah-gah-gah!

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// 1 vote for A-gah-gah-gah-gah-gah!


Oh!

I thought Cuchulane was in the wrong thread. I thought he was describing the handshake of some communication protocol over a trouble-free network.
 
2012-09-24 09:26:07 AM
Would poke salat work?
 
2012-09-24 10:57:07 AM

Makh: fusillade762: Many plants? I thought it was all of them?

Some plants run on oil, coal or nuclear energy. Solar is a joke. :)


Oil and coal ARE solar energy. So are any other sources other than nuclear and geothermal.

Come to think of it, nuclear energy is also stellar in origin (though not from our sun... all elements heavier than iron are formed in supernovae). Geothermal might be solar in origin as well, I don't remember as much cosmological history as I used to...
 
2012-09-24 11:26:58 AM
At least this `improved efficiency` isn`t 15%, it`s over 40% which is an actual improvement. So many solar stories about `improved efficiency` state a figure WORSE than current solar panels...
 
2012-09-24 11:31:04 AM

Gaseous Anomaly: Makh: fusillade762: Many plants? I thought it was all of them?

Some plants run on oil, coal or nuclear energy. Solar is a joke. :)

Oil and coal ARE solar energy. So are any other sources other than nuclear and geothermal.

Come to think of it, nuclear energy is also stellar in origin (though not from our sun... all elements heavier than iron are formed in supernovae). Geothermal might be solar in origin as well, I don't remember as much cosmological history as I used to...


all power we currently have access to is gravitational in origin. Even the sun would not undergo fusion without it. Without gravity everything would be at the temperature of the CMB. The sun is the main conduit for converting gravity into energy for us.
 
2012-09-24 11:40:44 AM

notmtwain: Cuchulane: Ack ack ack ack ack!

Popeye laugh reel

The spelling of Popeye's laugh

Choices:

-AAAHuuUUH GUhGuhGuhGuh

-Ah ga ga ga ga ga ga.

-uk uk uk uk uk uk uk

-A-gah-gah-gah-gah-gah-gah!

-Arf!Arf

-Ug ug ug ug ug ug ug!

-həkəkəkəkə (IPA)

// 1 vote for A-gah-gah-gah-gah-gah!


I'll second that motion and update my database accordingly.

That first link just became my new ringtone. Thanks!
 
2012-09-24 11:52:22 AM

Ivo Shandor: A few plants are not photosynthetic, e.g. Indian Pipe.


I'm using your post as a hook for show and tell. Indian pipes from a woods near me:
www.lafinlarry.net
Gets much bigger -- HD width -- if you click it.
 
2012-09-24 11:59:46 AM

dready zim: all power we currently have access to is gravitational in origin. Even the sun would not undergo fusion without it. Without gravity everything would be at the temperature of the CMB. The sun is the main conduit for converting gravity into energy for us.


F*cking gravity, how does it work?
 
2012-09-24 01:47:58 PM

dready zim: Gaseous Anomaly: Makh: fusillade762: Many plants? I thought it was all of them?

Some plants run on oil, coal or nuclear energy. Solar is a joke. :)

Oil and coal ARE solar energy. So are any other sources other than nuclear and geothermal.

Come to think of it, nuclear energy is also stellar in origin (though not from our sun... all elements heavier than iron are formed in supernovae). Geothermal might be solar in origin as well, I don't remember as much cosmological history as I used to...

all power we currently have access to is gravitational in origin. Even the sun would not undergo fusion without it. Without gravity everything would be at the temperature of the CMB. The sun is the main conduit for converting gravity into energy for us.


The Strong Nuclear Force, the Weak Nuclear Force, and Electromagnetism would like to have a word with you.
 
2012-09-24 05:09:57 PM

show me: dready zim: Gaseous Anomaly: Makh: fusillade762: Many plants? I thought it was all of them?

Some plants run on oil, coal or nuclear energy. Solar is a joke. :)

Oil and coal ARE solar energy. So are any other sources other than nuclear and geothermal.

Come to think of it, nuclear energy is also stellar in origin (though not from our sun... all elements heavier than iron are formed in supernovae). Geothermal might be solar in origin as well, I don't remember as much cosmological history as I used to...

all power we currently have access to is gravitational in origin. Even the sun would not undergo fusion without it. Without gravity everything would be at the temperature of the CMB. The sun is the main conduit for converting gravity into energy for us.

The Strong Nuclear Force, the Weak Nuclear Force, and Electromagnetism would like to have a word with you.


I think his point was mutual gravitational attraction creates the neccessary density at the core for fusion.
 
2012-09-24 08:24:26 PM

Gaseous Anomaly: Makh: fusillade762: Many plants? I thought it was all of them?

Some plants run on oil, coal or nuclear energy. Solar is a joke. :)

Oil and coal ARE solar energy. So are any other sources other than nuclear and geothermal.

Come to think of it, nuclear energy is also stellar in origin (though not from our sun... all elements heavier than iron are formed in supernovae). Geothermal might be solar in origin as well, I don't remember as much cosmological history as I used to...


Geothermal energy is mostly the product of radioactive decay, i.e., supernovae again. The remainder is residual heat from the earth's initial accretion.
 
2012-09-24 09:55:36 PM

Gaseous Anomaly: Oil and coal ARE solar energy. So are any other sources other than nuclear and geothermal.


Tidal sources use the changing gravitational pull from the Moon. It's not strictly gravitational, though, it's tapping into the rotational interial of the Earth-Moon system.
 
2012-09-24 10:12:40 PM
Actually, just because I could, I went and found out that the Earth-Moon system will tidally lock at a period of 47 days with the Moon at 550,000 km out. That is, if the oceans don't boil off and drastically reduce amount of momentum that is transferred to the Moon.
 
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