"Sandia’s Materials, Devices and Energy Technologies Group developed micro-scale solar photovoltaic cells about the width of a human hair. The cells, which can be mass manufactured with standard semiconductor micro-scale tools, reduce costs, improve efficiency and can be used in new applications, such as embedded in clothing or in the shells of smartphones."
Jeff Wilson, an environmental professor at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas, has been living in a dumpster on campus for the past four months. The 33-sq-ft space, only 1% the size of the average American home, is in the first phase of a project to test the possibilities of sustainable and “tiny” living. Currently outfitted to match the poor energy performance of a typical American house, it will soon be retrofitted with all sustainable features, including solar panels and a “cutting-edge eco toilet.” The project is currently seeking additional funding through Kickstarter.
“My first reaction was that at least in some respects the ‘digital divide’ idea was collapsing,” says Erkan Saka, an assistant professor of communications at Bilgi University in Istanbul. “At least in terms of connecting the web, all citizens in Turkey are finding ways to connect.”