MIT researchers have developed solar panels thinner than human hair and 18 times more powerful than today’s glass and silicon-based panels. These ultra-lightweight solar cells are one-hundredth the weight of conventional photovoltaics, and could revolutionise rooftop solar installations, as well as providing power in remote areas and during disaster-relief operations. With the potential to scale up the technology, these paper-thin solar cells could soon be seen laminated on boat sails, drone wings and tents, making solar power much more accessible and cheaper to install. Read full article here
Why Do Modern Pop Songs Have So Many Credited Writers?
The music industry has changed dramatically over the last few decades – with the number of songwriters credited on number one hits more than doubling. This is due to a combination of factors, including money, the computer and a changing definition of what songwriting is. For example, if The Beatles’ classic “I Feel Fine” was released today, it would likely have four writers credited instead of two, due to the influence of producers, samples and interpolations. With the rise of lawsuits, artists now preemptively add songwriter credits to their songs, even if the similarities between their song and the source material are coincidental. It all goes to show that the music industry is becoming more complex and competitive. Read full article here