solar energy, chemistry, alcohol
Dye-sensitised solar cells are a type of photovoltaic device which uses a colourful dye to absorb light and cause an electric current, instead of the silicon semiconductors which most regular solar cells use.
It works because chemically, colour is caused by light being absorbed by molecules, which makes their electrons jump about. Dyes used to make solar cells absorb light strongly, and completely give up those electrons, which causes an electric current to flow.
So it turns out, because red grapes are full of molecules which are very good at absorbing light, you can make a working dye-sensitised solar cell using port wine instead of one of the fancy dyes which are normally used.
And honestly, I just thought that was really cool and worth sharing! ☀️
This is my rainy day visitor. They were stuck outside in the rain and couldn't find shelter, running around desperately looking for a spot of open air where it might not be raining. So I went out with an umbrella, picked them up, and took them to my garage, where we're just gonna hang out for a little bit.
Otherkin discourse (friendly transhumanist takes)
So, in light of what I'm seeing on my main timeline:
Let me point out:
There's beings who don't accept being human.
There's beings who accept being that *among other things*
There's beings able to perceive sensation completely different from the shape of a human body.
There's beings making robotic tails and wings and such with present-day technology. The kind one could control by thought and feel.
There's beings researching gene drives right now to turn our cellular encoding closer to constituent species.
There's AI-identified beings watching us grow ever closer to compiling something capable of organic learning.
And *even now* we have the means to take a person born with a penis, testicles and XY chromosomes, give them a uterus and egg cells with their own DNA, and foster a viable child with that. Think about that for a second.
And none of this even mentions spirituality, much of which can be neither proven nor disproven with the tools we have right now.
Say what you want. But personally I'm hoping to ask aloud, someday in the not-so-distant future, "What exactly IS a human, anyway?" ;>
And how could you tell?
cyberpunk plural superhero concept //
superhero who (as a last ditch effort) can rescue people by uploading them into their own personality matrix. (either because the person's body is about to die, or they need an untraceable body switch to escape what's chasing then.)
Most of the rescues are offloaded in short order -- to new bodies, or a digital existence -- but every now and then one decides to stick around, adding their own skills and experiences to the struggle to save humanity.
Anomalous stellar phenomenon, Gena Trius!
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