Too bad for France

But thanks for all the art, philosophy, literature and science. : )

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/06/21/AR2010062104075.html

EXCERPT:

“Solar cells, also known as photovoltaic cells, are our most identifiable effort to convert the sun’s energy into electricity. They depend on a phenomenon known as the photovoltaic effect, discovered in 1839 by a French teenager. Alexandre Edmond Becquerel, then 19, placed two metal plates in a salt solution and generated an electric current by simply placing his rig in the sun.

Sixty-six years later, Albert Einstein demonstrated the physics behind Becquerel’s electric soup, that it worked because sunlight provided enough energy to move some electrons through the solution, creating a current. Einstein won the 1921 Nobel Prize for that explanation.”

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