Just to clarify
The secret to their success was developing a system that could operate at wavelengths outside of the visible spectrum. This was accomplished by using organic luminophores, which are compounds that are responsible for luminescence. The concentrator absorbs light at certain wavelengths, and then is able to transmit them in another. Because the visible spectrum isn’t involved, the researchers were able to have a finished product as clear as glass.
"We can tune these materials to pick up just the ultraviolet and the near infrared wavelengths that then ‘glow’ at another wavelength in the infrared," he explained.
Rather than concentrate the light directly over the solar cell (like holding a magnifying glass over a leaf), the infrared glow is transferred to the solar cells at the perimeter of the device, where it is converted into electricity. With all of the action happening along the edge, there are incredible opportunities to integrate the technology nearly anywhere.
"Ultimately we want to make solar harvesting surfaces that you do not even know are there." [Richard Lunt]
Singapore Foodie Finds: Thosei or Paper Dosas and Teh Halia at Komalas Vilas in Little India
I’ve posted about it before, but when talking about Little India, it is impossible to ignore talking about the Paper Dosa. When the Paper Dosa comes out, it is a grand affair of paper thin, seemingly endless crepe-like magnificence, and you almost feel like you have to stand up in respect as its placed on the innocuous wooden table. There’s something about the excessive length of it, such that the waiter had to tell me to fold the ends of the dosa over so they wouldn’t touch the table, that makes you feel honored to be there. Eaten with Andhra Style Beetroot, Cabbage and Masala curry, served with Sambar, Chutney, Kulambu and Mango-Ginger dessert and washed down with fiery, gingery and intensely fragrant Teh Halia, it’s an experience.
When visiting Little India, it’s inevitable that one will visit Tekka Market. I’d been enveloped by life in the CBD such that it had made me assume that the landscape of rolled up white sleeves speckled with black belts and work shoes swarming over lunch sites where aunties with the tenacity of drill sargeants called out order after order was the Singaporean norm. In Little India, it’s like being dragged by the current and suddenly being plunged into a very slow-moving pool - it surprises you, shocks you almost, that people spend more than two sentences with each other bartering for fruit. But at the same time, there’s an undeniable comfort in understanding the luxury of time. As I sat down at the table at Komalas and hastily gestured for a menu, the waiter put his hand up in a Buddha-like gesture that said, wordlessly, “be patient.” And I slowed down. Perhaps that’s why Little India seems so special to me - in a city that has built itself on efficiency, it is an oasis of momentary rest that is sometimes sorely needed.
this morning, police raided Greater St. Mark school/church in Ferguson, MO (formerly called St. Sebastian’s Parish).
please please please boost this. help these organizers recover the supplies they lost, and share just how fucking far these cops will sink to make the people of Ferguson suffer.
The model featured in one of Burger King’s infamously suggestive ads for the BK Super Seven Incher has said the company used her image without her permission. In a statement, the woman said that she was publicly humiliated and calls for people to boycott.
"If you’re a student in one of the black schools here and you get into a fight you’ll probably get arrested and charged with assault. We have kids here who are barred from voting before they’re even old enough to register."-
A black (male) protestor/resident of Ferguson, as quoted in Newsweek.
Here is where the “talking-head”/op-ed bent of our media and culture has failed us. While they all want to bemoan the “12% voter turnout at the last election,” no one has the sense to ask about the structural forces that contribute to that low figure. Instead they (and I’m including Al Sharpton in this category) yell at black voters to do their part, or, when they’re being nice about it, try to get protestors to register to vote. But listen to those protestors who cannot vote. They’re telling us they never stood a chance.
See also: It’s a privilege to throw out “Just go vote! Get your voice heard!” because everybody doesn’t get that.