Solar panel from hair…A hoax or real??

Teenager invents £23 solar panel that could be solution to developing world’s energy needs … made from human hair

By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 1:52 PM on 10th September 2009

A new type of solar panel using human hair could provide the world with cheap, green electricity, believes its teenage inventor.

Milan Karki, 18, who comes from a  village in rural Nepal, believes he has found the solution to the developing world’s energy needs.

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The young inventor says hair is easy to use as a conductor in solar panels and could revolutionise renewable energy.

Hair-raising: Science student Milan Karki with his innovative solar panel made with human hair while a friend holds a light bulb above his head

‘First I wanted to provide electricity for my home, then my village. Now I am thinking for the whole world,’ said Milan, who attends school in the capital, Kathmandu.

The hair replaces silicon, a pricey component typically used in solar panels, and means the panels can be produced at a low cost for those with no access to power, he explained.

In Nepal, one of the poorest countries in the world, many rural areas lack access to electricity and even in areas connected to power lines, users face shortages of up to 16 hours a day.

Milan and four classmates initially made the solar panel as an experiment but the teens are convinced it has wide applicability and commercial viability.

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Close shave:  Milan (second from right) demonstrates his solar panel in a tiny barber shop in Kathmandu

‘I’m trying to produce commercially and distribute to the districts. We’ve already sent a couple out to the districts to test for feasibility,’ he said.

The solar panel, which produces 9 V (18 W) of energy, costs around £23 to make from raw materials.

But if they were mass-produced, Milan says they could be sold for less than half that price, which could make them a quarter of the price of those already on the market.

Melanin, a pigment that gives hair its colour, is light sensitive and also acts as a type of conductor. Because hair is far cheaper than silicon the appliance is less costly.

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Hair today: A detailed shot shows the human hair used as an alternative to silicon

The solar panel can charge a mobile phone or a pack of batteries capable of providing light all evening.

Milan began his quest to create electricity when he was a boy living in Khotang, a remote district of Nepal completely unconnected to electricity. According to him, villagers were skeptical of his invention at first.

‘They believe in superstitions, they don’t believe in science. But now they believe,’ he said.

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Cost effective: The solar-hair panel is estimated to be four times cheaper than an industrial made solar panel of comparable capacity

He first tried to use water currents hydro power  on a small scale, but said the experiment became too expensive.

‘I searched for new, other renewable, affordable sources. People in these places are living the life of the stone age even in the 21st century,’ he said.

Milan, whose hero is the inventor Thomas Eddison, describes himself as lucky because his family could afford for him to receive a proper education while many other villagers are forced to work from an early age. Most of those from his village are illiterate.

He was originally inspired after reading a book by physicist Stephen Hawking, which discussed ways of creating static energy from hair.

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It’s got the power: A digital multimeter shows the voltage generated by the innovative panel

‘I realised that Melanin was one of the factors in conversion of energy,’ he said.

Half a kilo of hair can be bought for only 16p in Nepal and lasts a few months, whereas a pack of batteries would cost 50p and last a few nights.

People can replace the hair easily themselves, says Milan, meaning his solar panels need little servicing.

Three years after first coming up with the idea, Milan says the idea is more important than ever because of the crucial need for renewable energies in the face of finite power sources and global warming.

‘Slowly, natural resources are degrading so it is necessary to think about the future,” he said.

‘One day we will be in a great crisis regarding this fuel so it is a good thing to do today.

‘This is an easy solution for the crisis we are having today. We have begun the long walk to save the planet.’

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Gempa Bumi Di Tanah Jawa

Puluhan maut gempa kuat di Jawa

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BEBERAPA orang melihat sebuah rumah yang rosak teruk akibat gempa bumi di bandar Sukabumi, Jawa Barat semalam.

JAKARTA – Beberapa jam sebelum umat Islam berbuka puasa, satu gempa bumi kuat menggegarkan Pulau Jawa semalam menyebabkan lebih 33 orang maut akibat dihempap runtuhan batu atau bangunan manakala beribu-ribu orang awam bertempiaran lari ke kawasan lapang.

Gempa bumi itu berpusat dekat bandar Tasik Malaya dan Bandung yang mempunyai banyak universiti.

Namun, menurut Bernama, Kedutaan Besar Malaysia di Jakarta mengesahkan bahawa semua rakyat Malaysia, termasuk pelajar yang tinggal di beberapa wilayah di Indonesia, berada dalam keadaan selamat.

Hospital-hospital penuh sesak dengan mangsa yang cedera selepas gempa bermagnitud 7.0 pada skala Richter itu berlaku di selatan pesisir pulau Jawa.

Pulau utama di Indonesia itu menempatkan kebanyakan penduduk Indonesia yang berjumlah 235 juta orang.

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SEJUMLAH pekerja berhimpun di luar bangunan selepas gegaran gempa bumi dirasai di Jakarta semalam.

Angka kematian akibat bencana itu dijangka terus meningkat.

“Gempa bumi itu membuatkan setiap benda dalam rumah saya bergegar selama hampir seminit,” kata Heni Maryani yang merupakan seorang penduduk di bandar Sukabumi, 80 kilometer ke selatan Jakarta.

“Saya membawa anak-anak saya dan berlari keluar, saya melihat orang ramai berada dalam keadaan cemas, ramai wanita menjerit dan kanak-kanak menangis,” tambahnya.

Pegawai-pegawai bencana alam berkata, ratusan buah rumah dan bangunan runtuh atau rosak teruk di tiga daerah di Jawa Barat yang sarat dengan penduduk.

Agensi berita Antara melaporkan kematian terburuk berlaku di sebuah perkampungan di daerah Cianjur, 120 kilometer ke barat daya Jakarta di mana kira-kira 30 orang dipercayai masih terperangkap di bawah timbunan batu dan bangunan.

Satu amaran tsunami dikeluarkan selepas gempa bumi itu melanda pada pukul 2.55 petang waktu tempatan tetapi ia ditarik balik sejam kemudian.

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Muharaham Ardan iaitu seorang pensyarah universiti di bandar Tasikmalaya, kira-kira 270 kilometer dari Jakarta dan 115 kilometer dari pusat gempa berkata, gempa bumi itu adalah yang terkuat pernah dialaminya.

“Kami semua berlari keluar dalam keadaan cemas, kami tidak sempat memakai selipar.

“Jiran-jiran kami berteriak: Keluar dari rumah sekarang! Keluar dari rumah!,” katanya.

Agensi pengurusan bencana melaporkan kematian berlaku di daerah Cianjur, Tasikmalaya dan Sukabumi di Jawa Barat.

Menurut agensi berita Antara, sebanyak 12 keluarga atau kira-kira 30 orang terperangkap dalam beberapa buah rumah yang ditimbus tanah runtuh di kampung Rawa Hideung, daerah Cianjur.

“Kebanyakan mangsa ialah suri rumah dan kanak-kanak yang leka bermain permainan video di dalam sebuah rumah,” kata seorang lagi penduduk, Entang Kurniawan.

Gempa bumi itu menggegarkan hampir separuh Pulau Jawa manakala di Jakarta, 190 kilometer dari pusat gempa, bencana itu membuatkan bangunan-bangunan tinggi bergoyang. Bimbang nyawa mereka terancam, ramai pekerja pejabat di ibu kota Indonesia itu bertempiaran lari ke jalan-jalan raya untuk menyelamatkan diri.

Seorang pegawai kesihatan berkata, sekurang-kurangnya 27 orang cedera di Jakarta.

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SEBUAH masjid rosak akibat gempa bumi di bandar Sukabumi, Jawa Barat semalam.

Selain ibu kota berkenaan, gempa itu turut dirasakan di Surabaya iaitu bandar raya kedua terbesar di Indonesia selain di pulau peranginan Bali.

Pusat gempa Amerika Syarikat menyatakan gempa bawah laut itu berpusat pada kedalaman 50 kilometer dari dasar laut.

Pusat Amaran Tsunami Pasifik berkata, gempa itu cukup kuat untuk mencetuskan ombak besar tetapi menarik semula amaran tersebut selepas tiada peningkatan pada bacaan paras laut. – Agensi

Boy cries tears of blood

Medical mystery: Calvino Inman, 15, cries tears of real blood, and doctors don’t know why

BY Tracy Miller
DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER

Wednesday, September 2nd 2009, 11:19 AM

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Calvino Inman, 15, from Tenn., experiences uncontrollable tears of blood up to three times a day, confounding doctors and specialists.

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The disturbing condition comes in bouts lasting anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.

A 15-year-old boy cries tears of real blood up to three times every day — and no one can figure out why.

Calvino Inman of Rockwood, Tenn., says his friends have called him “possessed.” The tears are uncontrollable and can last anywhere from 15 minutes up to an hour.

“Sometimes, I can feel it coming up, like a tear. I feel my eyes watering,” Inman told ABC News affiliate WATE. “Sometimes, it will burn as it comes out.”

Inman’s worried mother, Tammy Mynatt, said she has taken her son for an MRI, a CAT scan, ultrasounds and to appointments with specialists. No doctor has been able to diagnose her son’s condition.

Mynatt called 911 when the tears first occurred.

“The scariest thing in my life is when he looked at me and said, ‘Mom, am I going to die?’ That right there broke my heart,” she told WATE.

Ophthalmologist Dr. Rex Hamilton told “Good Morning America” that Inman could be suffering from a condition called Haemolacria, which means “bloody tears.”

“That is just a descriptive term of the manifestation of the bloody tears,” Hamilton said. “It says nothing about what’s causing that … It’s a one-in-a-million kind of condition.”

Speaking on WATE, Mynatt put out a desperate plea for any doctor with experience in treating the condition to get in touch.

“I don’t care where we have to travel. I will go wherever we need to go … I just please want somebody to help my baby.”

Naik Harga Minyak – Hadiah Hari Merdeka – Terima Kasih

Terima kasih kerana mendahulukan rakyat dalam menghadapi kenaikan harga minyak. Hadiah ini amat bermakna buat kami untuk menghadapi bulan puasa, dan hari raya. Kami amat bersyukur dengan pemberian ini dan tunggulah hadiah drp kami sebagai membalas jasa. Merdeka!

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