Designing solar panels in checkerboard lines increases their ability to absorb light by 125%, a new study says — ScienceDaily

Designing solar panels in checkerboard lines increases their ability to absorb light by 125 per cent, a new study says.

Researchers say the breakthrough could lead to the production of thinner, lighter and more flexible solar panels that could be used to power more homes and be used in a wider range of products.

The study — led by researchers from the University of York and conducted in partnership with NOVA University of Lisbon (CENIMAT-i3N) — investigated how different surface designs impacted on the absorption of sunlight in solar cells, which put together form solar panels.

Scientists found that the checkerboard design improved diffraction, which enhanced the probability of light being absorbed which is then used to create electricity.

The renewable energy sector is constantly looking for new ways to boost the light absorption of solar cells in lightweight materials that can be used in products from roof tiles to

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Designing behavioral health solutions for future mars explorers

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine selected three innovative companies with new approaches to protect astronaut health and performance on a mission to Mars.

TRISH funds health research and technology to protect astronauts during long-duration space missions. During long-duration space exploration, any adverse cognitive or behavioral health conditions could become a critical risk. Crew must endure extreme stress, isolation, confinement and communication delays throughout the three-year journey to Mars and back.

To address these hazards, the Institute called for proposals from companies with new approaches to predict cognitive or behavioral changes in astronaut crew, ways to prevent decline or methods to diagnose and treat the astronauts.

“There have been historically high levels of company technology development and investment activity in behavioral and mental health technologies in recent years. We wanted to encourage these exciting efforts to address the needs of space health and

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