22 Aug '11, 2pm

Blog Debunks 13-Year-Old's Solar Power Breakthrough #solar #science via @jaymiheimbuch

image via American Museum of Natural History Last week, EarthTechling let us know that a 13-year-old came up with a solar breakthrough, noticing that using the Fibonacci sequence to organize solar cells could boost efficiency. The news story was big on TreeHugger, as well as on dozens of other news outlets around the nation. Everyone was excited for a teen to do such an interesting science project, and to be recognized with a Young Naturalist award by the American Museum of Natural History. However, the teen's glory is short lived -- a science blog has debunked the project. A Flawed Experiment Over the weekend, the Atlantic Wire let us know that a blog called The Capacity Factor put the screws to both the project, and the media. (Note: The Capacity Factor blog post has been taken down but the link leads to the cached page.) As we posted , "Aidan has used the Fibonacci sequ...

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