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Sophisticated ESA space weather tool under development
If a satellite encounters high-energy particles or other 'space weather' phenomena before ground controllers can take action, on-board electronics could be disrupted, scientific instruments damaged and, in very rare and extreme cases, spacecraft may even be lost. View News Article (2007-02-05)

Star on a Hubble diet
How heavy can a star be? This conundrum has haunted astronomers for decades. Theory indicates that there should be an upper stellar mass limit somewhere between 120 and 300 solar masses. Even though heavy stars are very bright, measurements of their masses can be complicated. View News Article (2006-12-12)

'Nanocoax' solves solar cell 'thick and thin' dilemma
A nano-scale solar cell inspired by the coaxial cable offers greater efficiency than any previously designed nanotech thin film solar cell by resolving the "thick & thin" challenge inherent to capturing light and extracting current for solar power, Boston College researchers report in the current online edition of the journal Physica Status Solidi. View News Article (2010-06-08)

Nanoparticles improve solar collection efficiency
Using minute graphite particles 1000 times smaller than the width of a human hair, mechanical engineers at Arizona State University hope to boost the efficiency-and profitability-of solar power plants. View News Article (2011-04-05)

New Satellite To Study Explosive Solar Flares
A small NASA spacecraft, dedicated solely to the study of high energy processes in gigantic explosions in the atmosphere of the Sun, is scheduled to be launched early next week. Although the 293 kg (645 lb) satellite, known as the High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (HESSI), carries only one scientific instrument, it will make a major contribution to studies of our nearest star. HESSI will... View News Article (2002-01-31)

Solar loops spring into view
Huge loops of very hot gas rising above the Sun`s surface vibrate with enormous energy at times of solar storms. This is the latest surprise from ESA`s flotilla of spacecraft - SOHO, Ulysses and the four Cluster satellites - with which scientists are trying to make sense of how disturbances on the Sun affect the Earth. As reported today at a scientific meeting on Santorini, Greece, ESA/NASA`s... View News Article (2002-06-13)

First polymer solar-thermal device heats home, saves money
A new polymer-based solar-thermal device is the first to generate power from both heat and visible sunlight - an advance that could shave the cost of heating a home by as much as 40 percent. View News Article (2011-04-05)

It's good to have a shady side: sun and shade leaves play different roles in tree canopies
'Outer' tree canopy leaves influence the sunlight reaching inner canopy leaves by changing their shape, says a new study. View News Article (2011-04-01)

Getting into hot water
An analysis of the engineering and economics for a solar water-heating system shows it to have a payback period of just two years, according to researchers in India. They report, in the International Journal of Global Energy Issues, on the success of the 1000-liter system operating at a university hostel. View News Article (2009-03-09)

RHESSI Will Use Venus Transit to Improve Measurements of the Sun's Diameter
The RHESSI (Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager) satellite focuses on the highest energy x-rays and gamma-rays produced by the sun, helping to observe solar flares of all shapes and sizes.  View News Article (2012-06-05)

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