Still a better fate than VHS: Unwanted Blu-ray discs repurposed for solar power

November 26, 2014 5:37 AM

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Engineers find Blu-ray discs at the “intersection of information theory, nanophotonics, and materials science” and copy their microscopic patterns in solar panels to improve light absorbance.

Blu-ray discs had their day in the sun, but they may be gearing up for a new, completely different return. While video streaming offered by services such as Netflix continue to send Blu-ray sales down the tubes, scientists are casting some new light on these information-packed plastic discs and how ...

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