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2008-09-24 03:00:26

By Grose, Thomas K AERONAUTICS Planes that employ solar energy have been around since the 1970s. But Swiss scientist and pilot Bertrand Piccard is developing a sun-powered plane that's truly revolutionary. He expects his Solar Impulse aircraft to circumnavigate the Earth by 2011 in a five-leg, monthlong mission. If he succeeds, it will be the first manned solar-powered plane to take off under its own power and remain aloft once the sun's gone to bed. At night, the plane will glide at lower...

2008-07-11 09:00:59

U.S. scientists develop novel windows to channel solar energy WASHINGTON, July 10 (Xinhua) -- Imagine windows that not only provide a clear view and illuminate rooms, but also use sunlight to efficiently help power the building, according to a report by Engineers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The work, appearing in the July 11 issue of the journal Science, involves the creation of a novel "solar concentrator.""Light is collected over a large area (like a window) and...


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conjunto
  • A style of popular dance music originating along the border between Texas and Mexico, characterized by the use of accordion, drums, and 12-string bass guitar and traditionally based on polka, waltz, and bolero rhythms.
The word 'conjunto' comes through Spanish, from Latin coniūnctus, past participle of coniungere, to join together; see conjoin