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solar cells printed on anything!

From the “Grist List” at Daily Grist

Technology

New solar cells can be printed on paper or fabric

By Jess Zimmerman – 13 Jul 2011 1:55 PM

“Finally, your dream of solar pants (that don’t look douchey) can come true! MIT researchers have devised solar panels that can be printed directly onto fabric, plastic, or paper, as easily as printing from an inkjet. The result is a flexible, malleable solar panel with enough juice to power … well, okay, barely any juice at all right now. But it’s still in the early stages of development! Besides, once you pair your solar pants with a solar shirt, tie, bag, fedora, and shoes, it’ll start to add up, and you will also look very snappy.

“Scientists have been toying with solar printing technology for a while, but it generally requires high temperatures and pretreated material. The new process can operate at cooler temperatures, and actually prints with a vapor instead of a liquid ink — scientists compare it to manufacturing the inside lining a bag of chips. The printing is done inside a vacuum, and “cooler” temperatures means “less than 250 degrees,” so you’re probably not going to be doing it at home or anything. But it’s miles easier than any approach that’s been tested so far. And the resulting panels, though they are currently only efficient enough to power “a small gadget,” can be folded and crumpled without losing function. Put that in your pipe and … take it out, unfold it, and power a small gadget with it!”

It doesn’t take much imagining to see where this can go – not only clothing to power you’r blinking eye-glass frames – but on building products that are used to sheath buildings! So now every surface of everything we contruct – from sidewalks, roadways and advertising signs, to bus stops, newspaper boxes and flower pots will soon harness micro-electon volts and feed the grid.

Good-bye Exxon, The Pentagon and Ontario Nuclear Power Generation; we didn’t like you very much anyway. ;]

mh



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Tour de France 2011 – Stage 11

(UPDATE: July 14, 2011 – Stage 11 Summary Video below the fold.)
Blaye-les-Mines to Lavaur – 167.5 km

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Tour de France 2011 Stage 11 Profile

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Tour de Fance 2011 - Stage 11 Map

After a rolling start the racers crossed the Start line at 1:14 PM CET (7:14 AM EST)

9:51

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Tour de France 2011 Stage 11 - LIVE - 9 47 AM EST

10:12

Recap – the race so far

The six escapees now out front left the Peloton early – at 7:31 AM, or 13 km into the race. At the 28km mark – the top of the days first climb, the Category 3, Côte de Tonnac – a 3.6 km climb at 4.9 % the escapees lead was 4:15. Team HTC is pacing the Peloton. In the first hour of the race the lead increased to 4:25 – the average speed of the race in the first hour was 42.6 km/hr.. Then the rain came… . The escapee’s lead began to dwindle at 8:51 EST – down to 3:35.

The 6 escapees:

R. Perez Moreno
L. Boom
A. Grivko
M. Delage
T. Valentin
J. Engoulvent

The second hour of racing clocked in at an average of 47 km/hour.

At 9:25 EST Garmin-Cervelo moved the front of the Peloton to pace the group. HTC had all 9 riders up front as well.

Near the end of the third hour of racing, three teams are vying to control the race and to place their sprinter at the lead of the Peloton for the end of the race – to win the stage. Team HTC, Omega Pharma-Lotto and Garmin-Cervelo are in long trains.

Ryder Hesjedal is out front right now pacing for Garmin-Cervelo’s Tyler Farrar.

At 10:03 (125.5 km mark) the Peloton had closed the gap to 2:05.

10:16

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Tour de France 2011 Stage 11 - LIVE - 10 13 AM EST

At 10:21 the Peloton crested the second climb of the day – at the 135.5 km mark, the Category 4, Côte de Puylaurens, a 4.2 km climb at 3.8 % – the gap had been reduced to 1:20.

10:43 AM EST

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Tour de France 2011 Stage 11 - LIVE - 10 42 AM EST

10:58

Two team trains are pacing the Peloton with-in 10 km to the finish, and 30 seconds behind the escape group – Team HTC and BMC are ‘training’ right beside each other at the head of the massive Peloton

11:58

Team HTC leads out!

At 5km to go the gap is just 9 seconds!

The escapees split – Boom out front by 5 seconds. At 1km to go the team sprinters for HTC Pharma-Lotto and Garmin-Cervelo are on his tail – the rest of the escape group has been caught.

11:00

Cavendish wins!

Greipel second, Farrar third.

Wow! What a finish. You can’t catch an escapee any closer to the line than that I don’t think. Holy light-speed Bat-Man!

Post race post

July 14 2011 – 9:04 AM

Versus/NBC Video summary of stage 11
(see all Tour de France 2011 videos from Versus/NBC)

Stage 11 Finish Order – top 10 and notable

Total distance covered: 167.5 km

 
Place Rider                 Team       Time         Gaps
1.    CAVENDISH Mark        HTC        3h 46' 07" 	 
2.    GREIPEL André         LOTTO      3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"
3.    FARRAR Tyler          CERVELO    3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"
4.    GALIMZYANOV Denis     KATUSHA    3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"
5.    HAGEN Edvald Boasson  SKY        3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"
6.    FEILLU Romain         DCM        3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"
7.    ROJAS Jose Joaquin    MOVISTAR   3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"
8.    TURGOT Sébastien      EUROPCAR   3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"
9.    VENTOSO Francisco     MOVISTAR   3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"
10.   BONNET William        FDJ        3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

18.   RENSHAW Mark          HTC        3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

26.   CANCELLARA Fabian     TREK       3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

29.   SCHLECK Andy          TREK       3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

44.   GESINK Robert         RABOBANK   3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

46.   HUSHOVD Thor          CERVELO    3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"
47.   CONTADOR Alberto      SAXO BANK  3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

50.   EVANS Cadel           BMC        3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

55.   HINCAPIE George       BMC        3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

66.   GILBERT Philippe      LOTTO      3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

70.   PEREZ MORENO Ruben    EUSKALTEL  3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

75.   VOECKLER Thomas       EUROPCAR   3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

82.   SCHLECK Frank         TREK       3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

96.   LEIPHEIMER Levi       RADIOSHACK 3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

104.  CASAR Sandy           FDJ        3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

111.  COSTA Rui Alberto     MOVISTAR   3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

115.  VALENTIN Tristan      COFIDIS    3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"
116.  DELAGE Mickaël        FDJ        3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

118.  CHAVANEL Sylvain      QUICK STEP 3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

122.  HESJEDAL Ryder        CERVELO    3h 46' 07"   + 00' 00"

134.  ENGOULVENT Jimmy      SOJASUN    3h 46' 42"   + 00' 35"

137.  BOOM Lars             RABOBANK   3h 47' 17"   + 01' 10"

143.  GRIVKO Andriy         ASTANA     3h 47' 48"   + 01' 41"

158.  RIBLON Christophe     AG2R       3h 51' 50"   + 05' 43"

mh



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Tour de France 2011 – Stage 10

Aurillac to Carmaux – 158 km

Monday, July 11 is a rest day in the Tour de France 2011 – see you tomorrow for Stage 10

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Tour de France 2011 Stage 10 Profile - Aurillac to Carmaux - 158 km

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Tour de France 2011 Stage 10 Map - Aurillac to Carmaux - 158 km

Top Three – Stage 9

1. Luis-Leon Sanchez
2. Thomas Voeckler
3. Sandy Casar

Over-all Leaders

Yellow:     VOECKLER Thomas     TEAM EUROPCAR 38h 35' 11"
Green:      GILBERT Philippe    OMEGA  PHARMA - LOTTO 217 pts
Poka-dot:   HOOGERLAND Johnny   VACANSOLEIL-DCM 22 pts
White:      GESINK Robert       RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM 38h 39' 12"
Leading Team:                   TEAM EUROPCAR 115h 03' 31"

8:02 AM EST

After a rolling start the racers crossed the Start line at 7:38 AM EST (1:38 CET).

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Tour de France 2011 Stage 10 7:57 AM EST LIVE (gaps.letour.fr/us.php)

8:08

After Sunday’s Stage 9 ‘crash’ (see Versus Summary at FreeWheel Stage 9 post), where a Convoy car, trying to avoid a tree growing unusually close to the edge of the road, swerved into a group of racers, launching one of them into a barbed wire fence and crashing another – the race director reminded the Convoy drivers not to run over the cyclists.

I say get the Team Convoys off the course altogether – they should follow behind the slowest riders. Motorcycles with cameramen are bad enough – but necessary I guess – TV is very important to the funding of the race.

Tour de France 2011 LIVE 8 07 (gaps.letour.fr)

Tour de France 2011 LIVE 8 07 (gaps.letour.fr)

10:00

Six escapees have been out front all race long – I guess it’s time to go through the process of opening two windows and typing all their names into the blog post (Note to webmaster at lerour.fr – because the LIVE widget is a ‘Flash Object’ and doesn’t allow copy and paste).

R. Di Gregorio
S. Minard
A. Vichot
J. El Fares
M. Marcato
A. Delaplace

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Tour de France 2011 LIVE 10:00 AM EST (gaps.letour.fr/us.php)

10:21

For those of you who have commented here that cycling is not a realistic urban transportation alternative – the Peloton heading up a Category 3 mountain is doing 56km/h!!! Enabled cycle-ways stretching across the city like the spokes of a wheel could replace half the cars easily – as well as improve our quality of life and the economic efficiency (imho).

July 13, 2011 – 9:15

Via letour.fr

OVERALL STANDING ON TIME

Result after Stage 10

Total distance covered: 1749 km

 
#   Rider                    Team          Time             Gaps
1.  VOECKLER Thomas         EUROPCAR      42h 06' 32" 	 
2.  SANCHEZ Luis-Leon       RABOBANK      42h 08' 21"   + 01' 49"
3.  EVANS Cadel             BMC           42h 08' 58"   + 02' 26"
4.  SCHLECK Frank           TREK          42h 09' 01"   + 02' 29"
5.  SCHLECK Andy            TREK          42h 09' 09"   + 02' 37"
6.  MARTIN Tony             HTC           42h 09' 10"   + 02' 38"
7.  VELITS Peter            HTC           42h 09' 10"   + 02' 38"
8.  KLÖDEN Andréas          RADIOSHACK    42h 09' 15"   + 02' 43"
9.  GILBERT Philippe        LOTTO         42h 09' 27"   + 02' 55"
10. FUGLSANG Jakob          TREK          42h 09' 40"   + 03' 08"
11. BASSO Ivan              CANNONDALE    42h 10' 08"   + 03' 36"
12. CUNEGO Damiano          LAMPRE        42h 10' 09"   + 03' 37"
13. ROCHE Nicolas           AG2R          42h 10' 17"   + 03' 45"
14. DE WEERT Kevin          QUICK STEP    42h 10' 19"   + 03' 47"
15. GESINK Robert           RABOBANK      42h 10' 33"   + 04' 01"
16. CONTADOR Alberto        SAXO BANK     42h 10' 39"   + 04' 07"
17. DANIELSON Tom           CERVELO       42h 10' 54"   + 04' 22"
18. TAARAMAE Rein           COFIDIS       42h 11' 24"   + 04' 52"
19. VANDE VELDE Christian   CERVELO       42h 11' 25"   + 04' 53"
20. SANCHEZ Samuel          EUSKALTEL     42h 11' 33"   + 05' 01"
21. BARREDO Carlos          RABOBANK      42h 11' 36"   + 05' 04"
22. KARPETS Vladimir        KATUSHA       42h 11' 37"   + 05' 05"
23. MONFORT Maxime          TREK          42h 11' 39"   + 05' 07"
24. HUSHOVD Thor            CERVELO       42h 11' 45"   + 05' 13"
25. ZUBELDIA Haimar         RADIOSHACK    42h 11' 46"   + 05' 14"
26. JEANNESSON Arnold       FDJ           42h 11' 53"   + 05' 21"
27. PERAUD Jean-Christophe  AG2R          42h 12' 04"   + 05' 32"
28. MILLAR David            CERVELO       42h 12' 04"   + 05' 32"
29. TROFIMOV Yury           KATUSHA       42h 12' 11"   + 05' 39"
30. RUIJGH Rob              DCM           42h 12' 15"   + 05' 43"
31. CASAR Sandy             FDJ           42h 12' 15"   + 05' 43"
32. THOMAS Geraint          SKY           42h 12' 23"   + 05' 51"
33. LEUKEMANS Bjorn         DCM           42h 12' 58"   + 06' 26"
34. COPPEL Jérôme           SOJASUN       42h 13' 07"   + 06' 35"
35. GERDEMANN Linus         TREK          42h 13' 12"   + 06' 40"
36. LEIPHEIMER Levi         RADIOSHACK    42h 13' 48"   + 07' 16"
37. URAN Rigoberto          SKY           42h 13' 52"   + 07' 20"
38. HAGEN Edvald Boasson    SKY           42h 14' 17"   + 07' 45"
39. DEVENYNS Dries          QUICK STEP    42h 14' 48"   + 08' 16"
40. GUSEV Vladimir          KATUSHA       42h 15' 17"   + 08' 45"
41. GAUTIER Cyril           EUROPCAR      42h 15' 44"   + 09' 12"
42. ROLLAND Pierre          EUROPCAR      42h 15' 52"   + 09' 20"
43. VERDUGO Gorka           EUSKALTEL     42h 17' 04"   + 10' 32"
44. PATERSKI Maciej         CANNONDALE    42h 18' 42"   + 12' 10"
45. MARTINEZ Egoi           EUSKALTEL     42h 19' 38"   + 13' 06"
46. VANENDERT Jelle         LOTTO         42h 20' 09"   + 13' 37"
47. TEN DAM Laurens         RABOBANK      42h 21' 13"   + 14' 41"
48. HINCAPIE George         BMC           42h 21' 25"   + 14' 53"
49. PINEAU Jérôme           QUICK STEP    42h 21' 46"   + 15' 14"
50. VAN GARDEREN Tejay      HTC           42h 21' 48"   + 15' 16"
51. TALABARDON Yannick      SOJASUN       42h 21' 54"   + 15' 22"
52. HESJEDAL Ryder          CERVELO       42h 22' 04"   + 15' 32"


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Tour de France 2011 – Stage 9

Issoire to Saint-Flour – 208 km

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Tour de France 2011 Stage 9 Profile - Issoire to Saint-Flour - 208 km

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Tour de France 2011 Stage 9 Map - Issoire to Saint-Flour - 208 km

Click on the images to go to letour.fr – they have some content on stage 9.

From the summary video page at letour.fr:

“At 102km a crash that will have ramifications on the battle for overall honors in 2011 occurred. Alexandre Vinokourov went off the right side the road on a sweeping left bend and into the forest. He was helped back to the road by two Astana team-mates but his Tour was over. He was one of four men to abandon the race because of the incident and his injuries included a fractured femur and possible broken hip. Omega Pharma-Lotto also lost its leader Jurgen van den Broeck (with spinal injuries), as well as Frederik Willems (fractured collarbone) and Dave Zabriskie quit with a fractured wrist. It prompted a brief respite from racing for the peloton which allowed the escapees to build their lead to over seven minutes.”

Versus Summary of Stage 9

Breaking sports news video. MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL highlights and more.

(I, on the other hand, don’t have a reliable internet connection today. See ya tomorrow for stage 10.)

mh



Posted: July 10th, 2011
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Tour de France 2011 – Stage 8

Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy – 189 km

We’re not in the Plains anymore, Dorthy.

Today is the first mountain stage of the Tour de France 2011 – although not the first categorized grade, (there have been 3 category 4′s so far), but this is the real thing. Today’s race includes two category 4, a category 2, and one one category 3 to finish the day.

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Tour de France 2011 Stage 8 Profile

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Tour de France 2011 Stage 8 Map - Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy

9:50 AM EST

Today’s stage started with a neutral zone ride, the riders crossed the Start line at 12:26 CET (6:22 AM EST).

The Tour de France LIVE widget commentator says Chris Horner (RadioShack) is yet another victim of yesterdays gully crash, after the race (12 minutes behind the winner), he was diagnosed with a concussion, a broken nose and a hematoma in his right leg – he’s out of the race.

10:08

At the 10 km mark of the stage 9 riders lead out in front, there are still out there now with 35 km to go in the race. The escapees are approaching the the big climb of the day the category 2 Col de la Croix Saint-Robert.

Here’s a handy table from letour.fr

Mountain passes & Hills of Stage 8 – Aigurande to Super-Besse Sancy

Km Mark        Mountain                Length      Gradient  Difficulty

Km 65.5   Côte d'Évaux-les-Bains            1.7 km climb   6.2 %      Category 4
Km 119.5  Côte du Rocher des Trois Tourtes  1.3 km climb   4.6 %      Category 4
Km 164.0  Col de la Croix Saint-Robert      6.2 km climb   6.2 %      Category 2
Km 189.0  Super-Besse Sancy                 1.5 km climb   7.6 %      Category 3

The Nine Escapee’s

1. Faria da Costa
2. Riblon
3. Zandio
4. Engels
5. Van Garderen
6. Kolbnev
7. El Fares

10:28

I’m working from the Jones Branch of the Toronto Public Library – they only allow me one, 1 hour booking of a computer per day, I’m saving that for the finish. Right now I’m using 15 minute sessions to Live Blog the race – it is hell on earth – I have to re-sign in to all sites re-open pages, windows and then if I’m not quick and aware at all times – the thing will just shut down and throw all the content I haven’t published yet, into the garbage.

As such the race as it embarked up the Col de la Croix Saint-Robert has completely changed; the nine in the lead are no more and who they were is lost on the internet (Tour de France’s LIVE widget).

10:42

There were three leaders up the mountain – now there are four in the lead down the other side:

1. Faria da Costa
2. Riblon
3. Van Garderen
4. Gautire

There is a chase group of three, 33 seconds behind them:

1. Vinokourov
2. Tiralongo
3. Flecha Giannoni

The Peloton is 1:15 behind the chase group.

10:45 – 10 km to go

10:55 – 5km to go

Faria da Costa has struck out on his own, up the Category 3, Super-Besse Sancy. He has built a 20 second lead up the mountain.

Tiralongo, Riblon, Flechia Giannni, Van Garderen and Gautire are chasing. The Peloton is 1 minute behind.

Team BMC, including Cadel Evans, is pacing the Peloton. Thor Hushovd, wearing the Yellow jersey for Garmin-Cervelo, is marking Evans

11:03 – 100m to go!

Faria da Costa and Vinokourov race for the stage win! Contador and Andy Schleck are right behind them!

Alberto Rui Costa takes it!

1. Alberto Rui Costa
2. Plilippe Gibert
3. Cadel Evans
4. Samuel Sanchez
5. Peter Velits
6. Dries Dvenyns
7. Damiano Cunego
8. Alberto Contador
9. Andy Schelck
10. Frank Schleck

Well that is interesting – after the first mountain stage the the Anti-hero (Contador)) and the Heroes (the Schleck brothers) finish 8, 9, and 10.

A foreshadowing of days to come to be sure.

mh



Posted: July 9th, 2011
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