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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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humgruffin
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'