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9/8/2010 05:23 PM EDT
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Sanjib.A
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Sanjib.A   9/9/2010 3:08:10 AM
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This is a pioneer research work! As most of the solar cell manufacturers are struggling to achieve 20-25% efficiency with the existing solar cell technologies, a new idea like this one is an essential need to achieve major breakthrough with the efficiency. Again the idea of self-healing technique mimicking the self-repairing mechanism used by plants is also great. Most of the technological breakthroughs (I believe all) are inspired by nature and there is plenty more to learn yet.

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daleste   9/9/2010 1:57:57 AM
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I wonder what else has yet to be learned from nature. What else could we model after natural systems to increase efficiency or functionality of our electronic and mechanical world.

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nicolas.mokhoff   9/8/2010 9:22:02 PM
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Taking examples from Nature to come up with technological solutions is as old as Leonardo da Vinci's time and I'm sure earlier examples can be found. Why reinvent the wheel of naural phenomena; just emulate it. Easier said than done. Keen observation can help. Take the MIT work emulating a bird perching and apply the mechanism to a winged aircraft: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/cmp/eetimes_milaero_20100830/index.php#/40/OnePage

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pixies   9/8/2010 6:01:26 PM
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A very interesting work. I wonder what is the actual improvement in efficiency after taking into account the energy used in the filtering process and the cost of the materials.

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