New ‘Artificial Leaf’ is a Real Gamechanger

Green solar technology that’s shaped to imitate nature has been a somewhat common thing over the last few years. However, instead of constructing a set of buildings meant to blend in and look like trees, as people did at the start of the nature building trend. Now scientists are beginning to look at natural, highly beneficial processes – in this case photosynthesis – and attempting to replicate nature’s solar successes.

Substantial progress has been made in this area. Recently researchers at MIT announced that due to a major breakthrough this year they have finally made the solar ‘artificial leaf’ a reality. The leaf is able to split apart the oxygen and hydrogen that make up water. It does this by opposing catalytic bonds on different sides of the leaf to draw the elements apart. It all sounds very complicated; mostly because it is, but it is an astonishing breakthrough whether its one we can fully understand the science behind or not. Once the two elements have been separated they can then be used as a source of energy.

The successful creation of the artificial leaf has reignited people’s imaginations. What we can do using technology grows with each new day. A worldwide group of scientists have looked at the groundbreaking artificial leaf and speculated that the technology can be used to create even more effective photosynthesis like reactions generating even more solar power. A leaf in nature can separate and efficiently process a large amount of different types of energy. The artificial leaf is the first major step to taking advantage of all the different types of energy the sun has to offer and replicating the already safe and clean solar reactions in nature.

This ‘artificial leaf’ development lead one professor, James Barber, who is unconnected with the project to comment, “there is no doubt that their achievement is a major breakthrough which will have a significant impact on the work of others dedicated to constructing light-driven catalytic systems to produce hydrogen and other solar fuels from water.”

It’s pretty much unanimous that the artificial leaf represents a major development and one that has even more amazing potential for growth and innovation. Stay tuned for more groundbreaking developments in solar power potential because they are everywhere.

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Elements for Women Announces Additional Locations in Atlanta

Miami Beach, Florida (PRWEB) June 25, 2007

Elements for Women, the Miami-based fitness brand, has announced an expansion within the Atlanta market, as well as a joint venture with Moda Spas. The company has announced the development of five additional Atlanta locations, including a second Alpharetta club as well as a location in Suwannee.

A total of 6 clubs are now planned for the Atlanta market, part of a three year regional expansion plan, the first of which will be the first dual-concept club, a luxurious multi-floor club, that offers the best in beauty, spa and fitness.

The new, 10,000 square foot facility will be located in Alpharetta, featuring top spa and fitness amenities, including a full service hair salon, med spa, anti-aging, massage, and full service fitness center, featuring lifestyle consultants, group fitness, and private exercise areas.

“With the combination of elements and Moda Spa, we are offering the women of Atlanta the very best in fitness, lifestyle, and beauty, all under one amazing roof,” commented Christopher Palumbo, development director for the Miami based brand.

elements™ developed an initial location in Alpharetta last spring. The boutique-style club features several market exclusives, such as smartcard workouts, Gravity pilates, and Candlelight yoga. elements™ is the only premium fitness brand for women, and features both diet and fitness programming.

Moda Spa features two Atlanta are locations, in, Marietta and Duluth. The expansion will call for three additional dual purpose facilities, in Alpharetta, Dunwoody, and Woodstock. In addition, elements will be developing additional diet and fitness centers within the metro.

elements™ differs from other health club providers in its “balanced lifestyle” approach to fitness, which includes the following components: body, beauty, and mind. The stylish clubs feature forward-thinking technology and advances, from Smartcard Workout technology to highly trained lifestyle consultants.

The hip and stylish elements™ brand has attracted international attention, from mention in Forbes magazine online, to new flagship clubs announced in London, Chicago, and New York. The lifestyle and wellness brand includes a new online magazine, “elements Living” ( ), as well as an All-Star fitness and diet Advisory Panel, including Nike’s Lisa Gaylord, ABC TV’s Dr. Fabian Lopez, and the Nutrition Twins. Over 35 club locations are now under development in the U.S. as well as international expansion to Bombay and London.

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