The "nanotech" Eddie Bauer pants at 2':22" into the video are an actual product.
# 4. A tale of two solar press releases
A new startup at MIT is working hard to create a kind of printable solar panel that could produce electricity that is cost-competitive with the electricity produced by burning coal. (Scientific American has of course covered thin-film solar before.)
Not so fast, says Harry Gray of the California Institute of Technology: he's predicting at least 10 more years of research and development in order to make solar energy competitive with coal.
Experts on the subject wrote a sweeping feature for Scientific American's December issue, entitled A Solar Grand Plan, which maps out the possibility of converting all of the United States's energy production to solar.
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