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]
Amid bullets, Arab women reclaim identity
In her project “Bullets Revisited,” Lalla Essaydi uses bullet casings to decorate her sets as well as the clothes worn by the models. On the models, Essaydi uses Arabic calligraphy written with henna, a sacred element in the life of a woman from Arab countries. Essaydi has projected violence on her work as violence escalates in the Middle East. “These bullets…maybe they were used to harm somebody,” she said.
Full spread here and Lalla’s website here.