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.”
The Birthday does not answer Asks that are not requests for admission. But I have some thoughts.
Look: I love sexy costumes. If you want to be a sexy lamp, go with the Great Pumpkin and be fabulous in your fringe and your heels and your sexiness.
What I have an issue with is the way that “sexy” is more and more consistently the only option offered to women above the age of four. Yes, four. Four and under, you get the unisex costumes. When I search “corn costume,” I find adorable toddlers dressed as ears of corn and big triangular candy corn, and it’s like something out of Gravity Falls. So cute.
But then you hit five/six, and the gendered costumes become inescapable. No more cute unisex for you: things are either cut too large to work on the average female body—the only non-sexy store-bought corn costume is for an adult male, and I know men who would be swimming in the thing—or they are sexy. Sexy sexy sexy. Why would you even be going out on Halloween, if you didn’t want to sexy? SEXY IS THE NEW CREEPY.
The sexy costumes, the short skirts and the low bodices and the package pictures with pouty lips and thrusting hips and “this is the norm,” start at six years old. Frequently, it’s just the adult costume sized down, maybe with some tights and a slightly higher neckline. Maybe not.
Going to the Halloween store should not feel like a trip to the lingerie store. Especially not when I’m going there with kids who want a costume that will stand up to collecting all the candy ever.
"Just make your own" isn’t really an option in a world where we don’t prioritize learning to sew. Paying someone to make you one is equally not an option: if you’re at the Spirit Store, looking sadly at the sexy corn, you probably can’t afford a bespoke costume.
If “Sexy Corn” was part of a range that included “Corn—large,” “Corn—small,” “Sexy Corn—miniskirt version,” and “Sexy Corn—assless chaps version,” I would be fine with it. As it exists, right now, it is representative of a larger issue with how Halloween has been sexualized, and how we start limiting the choices of our girls as early as FIVE FUCKING YEARS OLD.
The Great Pumpkin does not approve. And neither do I.
Imma just let this sit here
MOTHA FUCKIN SCIENCE
They turned RNA into an anti-virus program. That is amazing.
Let me restate this in case it didn’t sink in the first time
Researchers physically DELETED ALL TRACES of the HIV virus from a human cell.
ALL OF IT.
IF YOU ARE NOT EXCITED ABOUT THAT I DON’T THINK YOU KNOW WHAT HIV IS
Here is the original paper. My computer at work is currently being an ass.
“Our results also demonstrate, for the first time to our knowledge, that Cas9/gRNA genome editing can be used to immunize cells against HIV-1 infection. The preventative vaccination is independent of HIV-1 strain’s diversity because the system targets genomic sequences regardless of how the viruses enter the infected cells.”
“Here, we found that LTR-directed gRNA/ Cas9 eradicates the HIV-1 genome and effectively immunizes target cells against HIV-1 reactivation and infection with high specificity and efficiency. These properties may provide a viable path toward a permanent or “sterile” HIV-1 cure, and perhaps provide a means to eradicate and vaccinate against other pathogenic viruses.”
This is beyond awesome. Not only does it cure HIV infection, it immunizes other cells. They believe it can be applied to other viral infections where the virus integrates into the host’s genome.
Lets think about this for a second. HIV was first confirmed in 1959, retroactively, by examining the deceased’s preserved blood. Between 1960 and 1980, HIV and AIDS are both relatively unknown, with many cases only confirmed retroactively by symptoms or studying the deceased years after their death.
In 1980, we have “Patient Zero” in the USA. This is when HIV/AIDS became publicly known.
1980. It is now 2014. 34 years. It took us only 34 years, from widespread knowledge to this first major step in a cure. 34 years. Just slightly longer than a generation we have fought HIV to this extent.
And we are only going to get better at it.