The Eni-MIT Solar Frontiers Research Centerin Cambridge, Mass. was recently made official, and from the looks of things, there's already some incredible research going on inside.
One such innovation: the first paper solar cell, which paves the way for applying layers of nanomaterials to make thin-film solar cells from plastic, paper or metal foils.
CNET Green Tech blogger Martin LaMonica recently visited the National Science Foundation-funded lab with his camera to find out what new innovations scientists were working on.
In a photo gallery, here's a look at what he discovered during his visit -- including evidence that a certain Commander-in-Chief beat him to it.
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