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Public and media invited to Goddard to celebrate launch of asteroid mission
Members of the public and the media are invited to celebrate the launch of NASA's OSIRIS-REx sample return mission to an asteroid, on Thursday, Sept. (2016-08-29)
Hunt for ninth planet reveals new extremely distant solar system objects
In the race to discover a proposed ninth planet in our solar system, Carnegie's Scott Sheppard and Chadwick Trujillo of Northern Arizona University have observed several never-before-seen objects at extreme distances from the sun in our solar system. (2016-08-29)
3-D-printed structures 'remember' their shapes
Engineers from MIT and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) are using light to print three-dimensional structures that 'remember' their original shapes. (2016-08-26)
University of Toronto scientists solve puzzle of converting gaseous carbon dioxide to fuel
Every year, humans advance climate change and global warming by injecting about 30 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. (2016-08-25)
An effective and low-cost solution for storing solar energy
Solar energy can be stored by converting it into hydrogen. (2016-08-25)
Solar activity has a direct impact on Earth's cloud cover
Solar variations affect the abundance of clouds in our atmosphere, a new study lead by DTU Space suggests. (2016-08-25)
Median installed price of solar in the United States fell by 5-12 percent in 2015
Solar energy system pricing is at an all-time low, according to the latest editions of two recurring 'state of the market' reports released by Berkeley Lab. (2016-08-24)
Bubble-wrapped sponge creates steam using sunlight
How do you boil water? Eschewing the traditional kettle and flame, MIT engineers have invented a bubble-wrapped, sponge-like device that soaks up natural sunlight and heats water to boiling temperatures, generating steam through its pores. (2016-08-22)
A new Goldilocks for habitable planets
The search for habitable, alien worlds needs to make room for a second 'Goldilocks,' according to a Yale University researcher. (2016-08-19)
Tree-rings reveal secret clocks that could reset key dates across the ancient world
In a new paper, the authors explain how harvesting such data could revolutionize the study of ancient civilizations such as the Egyptian and Mayan worlds. (2016-08-16)
Let's roll: Material for polymer solar cells may lend itself to large-area processing
An international team's findings provide important clues for designing polymer solar cells approaching target for power conversion efficiency and optimized for roll-to-roll processing. (2016-08-12)
Two become one: How to turn green light blue
The upconversion of photons allows for a more efficient use of light: two photons are converted into a single photon having higher energy. (2016-08-10)
Discovery of a time-resolved supernova signal in Earth's microfossils
Physicists from the Technical University of Munich have succeeded in detecting a time-resolved supernova signal in the Earth's microfossil record. (2016-08-10)
NREL technique leads to improved perovskite solar cells
Scientists at the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with researchers at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU), devised a method to improve perovskite solar cells, making them more efficient and reliable with higher reproducibility. (2016-08-09)
1967 solar storm nearly took US to brink of war
A solar storm that jammed radar and radio communications at the height of the Cold War could have led to a disastrous military conflict if not for the US Air Force's budding efforts to monitor the sun's activity, a new study finds. (2016-08-09)
Making a solar energy conversion breakthrough with help from a ferroelectrics pioneer
Researchers from Philadelphia revealed a class of materials that could be better at converting sunlight into energy than those currently used in solar arrays. (2016-08-08)
Decades of discovery: NASA's exploration of Jupiter
Launched five years ago on Aug. 5, 2011, NASA's Juno mission maneuvered into orbit around Jupiter on July 4, 2016, joining a long tradition of discovery at the gas giant. (2016-08-05)
Tiny high-performance solar cells turn power generation sideways
University of Wisconsin-Madison engineers have created high-performance, micro-scale solar cells that outshine comparable devices in key performance measures. (2016-08-03)
ORNL optimizes formula for cadmium-tellurium solar cells
Solar cells could move closer to theoretical levels of efficiency because of findings by researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. (2016-08-03)
Promoting regulatory T cell production may help control atherosclerosis
This month in the JCI, work led by Catherine Hedrick at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology uncovered a pathway that controls the balance between pro-inflammatory and regulatory T cells and may influence the progression of atherosclerosis. (2016-08-02)
New high-temperature device captures a broader solar wavelength spectrum
Using a heat-resistant device, made of tungsten and alumina layers, researchers from Aalborg University have found that the device can absorb the sun's broad spectrum radiation and convert it to electricity. (2016-08-01)
Mechanism for inducing memory B cell differentiation elucidated
A group of researchers at Immunology Frontier Research Center (IFReC), Osaka University and RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences jointly clarified the mechanism for inducing germinal-center B cells' differentiation into memory B cells, immune cells that remember antigens, at the molecular level. (2016-07-31)
NASA's solar probe plus mission moves one step closer to launch
NASA's Solar Probe Plus -- the first mission that will fly into sun's upper atmosphere and 'touch' the sun -- has passed a design review, an important milestone leading to its anticipated summer 2018 launch. (2016-07-29)
Space weather pioneer Lanzerotti wins second career award from American Geophysical Union
Louis Lanzerotti, distinguished research professor of physics at New Jersey Institute of Technology, received the William Kaula Award in recognition of his 'unselfish service to the scientific community through extraordinary dedication to, and exceptional efforts on behalf of, the Union's publications program.' (2016-07-28)
Breakthrough solar cell captures CO2 and sunlight, produces burnable fuel
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that cheaply and efficiently converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into usable hydrocarbon fuel, using only sunlight for energy. (2016-07-28)
OU physicists developing new systems for next generation solar cells
University of Oklahoma physicists are developing novel technologies with the potential to impact utility-scale energy generation, increase global energy capacity and reduce dependence on fossil fuels by producing a new generation of high efficiency solar cells. (2016-07-28)
Lawrence Livermore collects funds for solar power improvement
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), in collaboration with Giant Leap Technologies, received $1.75 million Thursday from the Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to improve solar power efficiency. (2016-07-28)
Jupiter's Great Red Spot heats planet's upper atmosphere
Researchers from Boston University's (BU) Center for Space Physics report today in Nature that Jupiter's Great Red Spot may provide the mysterious source of energy required to heat the planet's upper atmosphere to the unusually high values observed. (2016-07-27)
Videos reveal birds, bats and bugs near Ivanpah solar project power towers
Video surveillance (videos available) is the most effective method for detecting animals flying around solar power towers, according to a study of various techniques used at the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System facility in southeastern California. (2016-07-27)
Serendipitous observation may lead to more efficient solar cells and new gas sensors
While investigating perovskite crystals, University of Groningen scientists made an observation that could make perovskite solar cells more efficient. (2016-07-27)
Watering solar cells makes them grow ... in power!
Researchers clarified the relationship between air exposure and enhanced electric proprieties in perovskite solar cells. (2016-07-27)
Molten storage and thermophotovoltaics offer new solar power pathway
A new wrinkle on an old technology -- solid-state thermophotovoltaics -- could provide a high-efficiency alternative for directly converting high-temperature heat from concentrated solar thermal to utility-scale electricity. (2016-07-26)
Researchers printed energy-producing photographs
Researchers printed energy-producing photographs. With the method developed in Aalto University, any picture or text could be inkjet-printed as a solar cell. (2016-07-26)
Lighting the way
University of Utah Distinguished Professor Gerald Stringfellow, a former dean of the U's College of Engineering and a pioneer in LED technology, has been awarded a top research prize for his career-long work in the process for making light-emitting diodes, an important milestone for LED TVs, cellphone screens, high-efficiency solar cells, computer monitors and a new wave of LED light bulbs. (2016-07-21)
How do cells recover their shape after being subjected to external forces?
Human cells show deformation under the influence of external forces. (2016-07-20)
New sun cream compound offers unprecedented protection against UVA radiation
A new wonder compound developed by University of Bath scientists in collaboration with King's College London offers unprecedented protection against the harmful effects of UVA radiation in sunlight, which include photo-ageing, cell damage and cancer. (2016-07-20)
Modern off-grid lighting could create 2 million new jobs in developing world
Many households in impoverished regions around the world are starting to shift away from inefficient and polluting fuel-based lighting -- such as candles, firewood, and kerosene lanterns -- to solar-LED systems. (2016-07-19)
The future of perovskite solar cells has just got brighter -- come rain or shine
A team of Korean researchers led by Taiho Park at POSTECH, Korea, has found a new method to improve not only the efficiency, but stability and humidity tolerance of perovskite solar cells. (2016-07-18)
Researchers discover key mechanism for producing solar cells
Researchers from the University of Houston have reported the first explanation for how a class of materials changes during production to more efficiently absorb light, a critical step toward the large-scale manufacture of better and less-expensive solar panels. (2016-07-18)
New discoveries about photosynthesis may lead to solar cells of the future
For the first time, researchers have successfully measured in detail the flow of solar energy, in and between different parts of a photosynthetic organism. (2016-07-18)
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