Solar Panels Disguised As Terracotta Tiles

Dyaqua is a family-owned Italian company that makes traditional-looking terracotta roof tiles that disguise solar photovoltaic cells. These solar panels, which the company named Invisible Solar, are almost indistinguishable from Italy’s historic roof tiles, yet they are made from a polymer that allows sunlight to filter through. Within, hand-placed photovoltaic cells capture light to convert to energy. Already, Invisible Solar is installed in Pompeii with …

Using Abandoned Mines to Store Renewable Energy

There are roughly 550,000 abandoned mines in the US. This vast amount of space might be the solution for scientists who have been researching ways to store renewable energy. In a study led by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, researchers devised a gravity battery using millions of mines worldwide. For this concept, they proposed lowering sand underground when energy is at its peak. …

Edward Tian’s App Combats Misuse of ChatGPT

The useful, intelligent AI tool ChatGPT can answer questions, tell stories, compose emails and even write essays. While versatile, the machine-learning technology has opened up avenues for misuse and plagiarism, and drawn criticism for discouraging human writing. These drawbacks spurred Edward Tian, a 22-year-old college student at Princeton University, to create GPTZero, an app built from GitHub Co-Pilot that scans text to determine whether another …