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advertisement advertisement advertisement Plants miraculously create clean energy using only sunlight and water, and until recently, we’ve only been able to look on in envy. All our attempts to mimic photosynthesis have been expensive and energy intensive. But a new start-up aims overcome those challenges: Sun Catalytix, founded by Daniel Nocera , a chemistry professor at MIT, just opened shop thanks to a $700,000 seed investment led by Polaris Ventures . advertisement That might sound like a small sum, but Nocera has been an epicenter of buzz ever since last year, when he first published the research behind Sun Catalytix. His discovery splits water into hydrogen and oxygen, and the process sounds disarmingly simple: He started by placing a small strip of platinum into a vat of water mixed with cobalt and phosphates. Running a small electric current through the water, he found that the water’s oxygen atoms bubble away, leaving pure … [Read more...] about Sun Catalytix Gets Funding to Search for Holy Grail: Freeing Hydrogen From Water
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advertisement advertisement advertisement As a world of busy people, we are obsessed with time management. We spend a great deal of time and effort seeking out systems and tinkering with tools that promise to help us squeeze in more work in fewer hours. Although some systems and tools have merit, they are perpetuating several time management myths. We need to unpack these myths and start doing what works. Time is ticking. advertisement advertisement Myth 1: Improved time management increases performance Interestingly, the relationship between time management and performance is relatively weak. Performance is about much more than time. We’ve all heard the old adage, “work smarter, not harder.” This is good advice for time management enthusiasts. It’s not about how much work you can get done—it’s about how much your work positively influences others. We need to reframe time management to be about focusing on quality, not … [Read more...] about 3 time management myths messing with your productivity