hinata-pinata
sunshinychick:

futurescope:

Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”

[read more at MSU] [paper] [picture credit: Yimu Zhao]

sunshinychick:

futurescope:

Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”

[read more at MSU] [paper] [picture credit: Yimu Zhao]

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obsessionisthenewblack
obsessionisthenewblack:

for any of you guys that are using duolingo and having a hard time retaining the words, i found this thing called studyblue which allows you to rotate the flashcards so the english word is showed first instead of the spanish word (plus other things, but i’ll get to that). my main issue was that i could recognize the words when i saw them and knew what they meant, but was having trouble recalling them when i was presented with just the english definition. like if i saw manzana i knew it was apple, but if i just got ‘apple’ and was asked to translate it i’d basically be like idk it starts with an m?? lol. so this has helped me a lot, since the flashcards on duolingo only ever give you the spanish word first.
also on top of flashcards this website gives you quizzes with multiple choice, fill in the blanks, true or false, etc to help you learn, and it tracks your progress and keeps records of your wrong answers so you know what you need to study more.
the fill in the blank thing also helps a lot with proper spelling, cause a few times i’ll know the word but end up spelling it totally wrong, lol.
anyway just thought i’d share ^_^

obsessionisthenewblack:

for any of you guys that are using duolingo and having a hard time retaining the words, i found this thing called studyblue which allows you to rotate the flashcards so the english word is showed first instead of the spanish word (plus other things, but i’ll get to that). my main issue was that i could recognize the words when i saw them and knew what they meant, but was having trouble recalling them when i was presented with just the english definition. like if i saw manzana i knew it was apple, but if i just got ‘apple’ and was asked to translate it i’d basically be like idk it starts with an m?? lol. so this has helped me a lot, since the flashcards on duolingo only ever give you the spanish word first.

also on top of flashcards this website gives you quizzes with multiple choice, fill in the blanks, true or false, etc to help you learn, and it tracks your progress and keeps records of your wrong answers so you know what you need to study more.

the fill in the blank thing also helps a lot with proper spelling, cause a few times i’ll know the word but end up spelling it totally wrong, lol.

anyway just thought i’d share ^_^

yetiokay
thescienceofjohnlock:

thenerdyindividual:

Look guys, I know the challenge is for a good cause but if you live in California please don’t do it! We’re in the middle of a serious drought and all the water that you use, counts! The water you use for the challenge including the ice, is contributing to this emergency level drought! If you really feel the need to do the challenge, change it so it won’t affect our water usage! Cram a shit ton of ice cream in your mouth if you have to but PLEASE stop doing the challenge if you live in California! Spread the word! Here are some links to educate yourself. A serious one: http://nationalreport.net/ice-bucket-challenge-contributing-california-drought/ A funny yet logical one:https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YAcmOuww-D8

This is a damn good point. If you live in California maybe wait till the drought is over before you do it.

thescienceofjohnlock:

thenerdyindividual:

Look guys, I know the challenge is for a good cause but if you live in California please don’t do it! We’re in the middle of a serious drought and all the water that you use, counts! The water you use for the challenge including the ice, is contributing to this emergency level drought! If you really feel the need to do the challenge, change it so it won’t affect our water usage! Cram a shit ton of ice cream in your mouth if you have to but PLEASE stop doing the challenge if you live in California! Spread the word! Here are some links to educate yourself. A serious one: http://nationalreport.net/ice-bucket-challenge-contributing-california-drought/
A funny yet logical one:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YAcmOuww-D8

This is a damn good point. If you live in California maybe wait till the drought is over before you do it.

lucifur

Chris Pratt worked with Marvel and Children’s Miracle Network Hospital to arrange a special screening of Guardians of the Galaxy for patients, families and staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Wednesday. While the movie played, Pratt snuck out and dressed up as his character, Star-Lord. He spent more than three hours in full costume and handed out movie-themed toys. Pratt also visited patients in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, and the Pediatric ICU, as they were too sick to join the movie screening that afternoon.

Pratt spent extra time with one patient, Dylan Prunty, who is a longtime Lego fan and recognized the actor’s voice from The Lego Movie. They spent about 10 minutes reciting different scenes from the film.