In beautiful, energy, technology on December 3, 2013 at 7:07 am
Speaking of waning sunlight — I may feel light-deprived in New England, but at least my home *gets* light every day of the year. A Scandinavian town in a deep valley has implemented mirrors to shine sunlight down to their central square. My colleague Pat Daukantis wrote about it: Optics & Photonics News – Mirrors Convey Sunshine to Dark Valley Town.
Addendum: Another sunless-in-the-winter village put up a mirror for much the same reasons, back in 2007. See the NY Times article about the sun mirror in Viganella, Italy.
In beautiful, energy, technology on November 26, 2013 at 7:56 am
As daylight wanes up here in New England, I find myself chasing sunlight around my house, gravitating to the high south-facing room that stays brightest for longest. At work, I value the window for the quality and quantity of light it lets in. I am all for schemes that increase the availability of daylight in buildings, especially if they are suited to the location and changing conditions. This design, which uses liquid crystals in windows to block or direct light, by pair of University of Cincinnati researchers a pair of University of Cincinnati researchers is intriguing. I’d very much enjoy getting my hands on a sample to play with. UC's SmartLight More Than a Bright Idea, It's a Revolution in Interior Lighting Ready to Shine.
In beautiful, Science on November 19, 2013 at 7:52 am