Let's say I knew how to make your phone stay charged forever without plugging it into a wall again.

Scientists have created a clear film that *could* charge a cellphone. I don't know about you, but I'm ready for a prototype!

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Are you ready to never plug in your phone again?

Meet the clear solar panel.

It's a film that goes on transparent anything!

It can go on your smartphone and tablet to power them using solar energy.

"The first place [they] want to put its solar cells is on the displays of mobile devices, which means the smartphone of the near future never runs out of battery."

Ubiquitous Energy, the group behind this technology, is able to harness about 10% of the solar energy hitting the film (vs. the common solar panel's 33% energy).

This is happening right now. What remains to be seen is if that 10% energy *will* charge your phone all day long ... or if you'll have to just leave your phone in the sun and never get that text from your mom. I guess we better hope they get a solar phone prototype happening soon!

Even though it's in its beginning experimental phase, it will only get better.

And bigger!

Think skyscrapers. Think entire cities, running on solar-powered skyscrapers.

It's real. And it's where we're headed.

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When schools closed early in the spring, the entire country was thrown for a loop. Parents had to figure out what to do with their kids. Teachers had to figure out how to teach students at home. Kids had to figure out how to navigate a totally new routine that was being created and altered in real time.

For many families, it was a big honking mess—one that many really don't want to repeat in the fall.

But at the same time, the U.S. hasn't gotten a handle on the coronavirus pandemic. As states have begun reopening—several of them too early, according to public health officials—COVID-19 cases have risen to the point where we now have more cases per day than we did during the height of the outbreak in the spring. And yet President Trump is making a huge push to get schools to reopen fully in the fall, even threatening to possibly remove funding if they don't.

It's worth pointing out that Denmark and Norway had 10 and 11 new cases yesterday. Sweden and Germany had around 300 each. The U.S. had 55,000. (And no, that's not because we're testing thousands of times more people than those countries are.)

The president of the country's largest teacher's union had something to say about Trump's push to reopen schools. Lily Eskelsen Garcia says that schools do need to reopen, but they need to be able to reopen safely—with measures that will help keep both students and teachers from spreading the virus and making the pandemic worse. (Trump has also criticized the CDCs "very tough & expensive guidelines" for reopening schools.)

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