How Mirrors Could Power the World

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Mirrors have been used for centuries across cultures. Mirrors reflect light and allow us to see our better selves, and they are also the reason we can see everyday objects like cars and planes with our own eyes. This is why mirrors have been used to build solar panels. Mirrors are one of the best materials to use as a medium for capturing energy from the sun. Here is a brief description of how mirrors could power the world using mirrors and solar cells.

We know that the sun emits electromagnetic radiation that can be captured by mirrors. In fact, mirrors are important to the operation of most modern-day radiology machines. These machines use fluorescent light to see into people’s bones and thus diagnose them. However, these lights could create harmful radiation that destroys delicate tissue. Photovoltaic cells on mirrors therefore convert the light into energy useful to these machines. When electricity is passed between these cells, the energy is transformed into direct current that can be used to power things like fridges and washers.

How Can Desalination Solve the Global Water Crisis?

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Can Desalination solve the global water crisis? That is a question raised by many in the scientific communities. They are concerned that increasing population and growing economies will continue to overwhelm natural freshwater resources. Adding more to already overflowing supplies of saltwater is only going to increase pressure on already over-stressed pipes. The need for a permanent solution is urgent.

There is some optimism that a fundamental change in the way that water is distributed around the world may be possible. Water managers at the highest levels of most countries have accepted the fact that the time for change has come. The higher ups have debated the possibility of introducing a new infrastructure for water transportation and management, with limited success. The increased use of canister-type distillers may be able to help, but there is still a long way to go.

How a Fixed Wireless Network Offers Value For Money

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Many are wondering if a fixed smart phone network can provide an early warning system for an earthquake and whether it will prevent it from hitting. There is no official research on whether or not such a system would work, and there are several concerns to think about. Nevertheless, one thing that should be thought about is that it is rather difficult to predict an earthquake. The only way that scientists can get a better estimate is by taking place in areas where they normally have not experienced major earthquakes.

Such early warning, however, might help save some lives if the disaster does strike. The phone networks know that if they offer early warning, people will turn to them in the event of a disaster. They will then alert emergency teams so that they can prepare for the situation accordingly. This way, even if there is a disaster, those who live far from the earthquake’s epicenter will still be able to seek help. If no one knows about an impending disaster, it might take hours or days before the signal reaches those in danger.

Smart Foam and Its Applications

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Smart Foam is a new material that will allow robots to feel the touch. The idea is to place the smart foam on robotic hands to create robots with even more sensitive capabilities. The tiny sponge-like AiFoams was initially infused with tiny metal particles with miniature electrodes beneath the top surface. These electrodes are actually in the form of plates with thin metal wires running through them. The plates can be made to deform based on the needs of the actual robot.

This concept is far from the only one that uses the concept of Smart Foam. Researchers at Cornell University recently developed a material that can be used to create an acoustic transducer out of sheet metal. This transducer can detect any acoustic signals emanating from a body. Once it is learned how to do this, it will be practical for use inside of any building.