Hacker News new | comments | show | ask | jobs | submit login
Insect eyes inspire new solar cell design (techxplore.com)
40 points by dnetesn on Sept 1, 2017 | hide | past | web | favorite | 4 comments

i love hexagons, hexagons should be everywhere. for building on earth, for space stations, for rocket boosters, for floating structures, for mars colonies.

I love hexagons too! Hexagon related but not related to the original article:

- http://esolangs.org/wiki/Hexagony - a hexagonal layout programming language, implemented in Ruby, which is also the name a gemstone made of corundum, which crystalizes in hexagonal shapes ;)

- http://hexagons.info/ - "It is likely that HEXAGONS will continue to increase in popularity over the coming years, as humanity enters a glorious new hexagonal golden age, and all sentient beings on our planet ascend to a new, higher state of hexagonal consciousness."

That said, hexagons seem fine for things of the same size (such as the solar cells in the article), but rectangular construction seems to work better for assembling components of varying size (like a house made of rooms of different sizes)…

Also, all of our cameras and displays should use hexagonal pixels. :-)

And maybe we should use triaxial fabric more commonly (right now only used for stuff like space suits and bullet-proof vests).

In a world where everybody has hexagons, one who has pentagons will be the ruler.

Guidelines | FAQ | Support | API | Security | Lists | Bookmarklet | Legal | Apply to YC | Contact