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Water formation on the Moon demonstrated by UH Manoa scientists
Chemistry Professor Ralf I. Kaiser and HIGP's Jeffrey Gillis-Davis designed the experiments to test the synergy between hydrogen protons from solar wind, lunar minerals, and micrometeorite impacts. (2019-05-21)
Formation of the moon brought water to Earth
As the only terrestrial planet, the Earth has a large amount of water and a relatively large moon, which stabilizes the Earth's axis. (2019-05-21)
ALMA discovers aluminum around young star
Researchers using ALMA data discovered an aluminum-bearing molecule for the first time around a young star. (2019-05-16)
Initial results from New Horizon's exploration of distant Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69
On Jan. 1, 2019, the New Horizons Spacecraft conducted a flyby of (486958) 2014 MU69 -- a distant object orbiting in the outer reaches of the solar system. (2019-05-16)
China's Chang'E 4 mission discovers new 'secrets' from far side of the moon
A lunar lander named for the Chinese goddess of the moon may have lessened the mystery of the far side of the moon. (2019-05-15)
Breakthrough in new material to harness solar power could transform energy
The UToledo physicist pushing the performance of solar cells to levels never before reached made a significant breakthrough in the chemical formula and process to make the new material. (2019-05-14)
Solvent additive-free ternary polymer solar cells with 16.27% efficiency
Recently, ternary PSCs with 16.27% efficiency were reported by Fujun Zhang's group, which has been published on the Science Bulletin in the form of Short Communication. (2019-05-14)
Just like toothpaste: fluoride radically improves the stability of perovskite solar cells
Solar cells made of perovskite hold much promise for the future of solar energy. (2019-05-13)
Skoltech researchers developed new perovskite-inspired semiconductors for electronic devices
The collaborative effort of researchers from Skoltech, SB RAS Nikolaev Institute of Inorganic Chemistry, and RAS Institute for Problems of Chemical Physics translated into the development of advanced lead-free semiconductors for solar cells, based on complex antimony and bismuth halides. (2019-05-13)
Our history in the stars
Astronomers map the substance aluminum monoxide (AlO) in a cloud around a distant young star -- Origin Source I. (2019-05-10)
Secrets of fluorescent microalgae could lead to super-efficient solar cells
Tiny light-emitting microalgae, found in the ocean, could hold the secret to the next generation of organic solar cells, according to new research carried out at the universities of Birmingham and Utrecht. (2019-05-09)
Copper oxide photocathodes: laser experiment reveals location of efficiency loss
Solar cells and photocathodes made of copper oxide might in theory attain high efficiencies for solar energy conversion. (2019-05-09)
Gravitational forces in protoplanetary disks may push super-Earths close to their stars
Penn State-led astronomers found that as planets form out of the chaotic churn of gravitational, hydrodynamic -- or, drag -- and magnetic forces and collisions within the dusty, gaseous protoplanetary disk that surrounds a star as a planetary system starts to form, the orbits of these planets eventually get in synch, causing them to slide -- follow the leader-style -- toward the star. (2019-05-09)
Campus energy advances can be optimized and replicated
With a few changes to its existing energy operations, Stanford could further reduce its carbon footprint and costs in a model that other large campuses, towns and even cities can benefit from, a new study finds. (2019-05-08)
Solar-powered hydrogen fuels a step closer
A cheaper, cleaner and more sustainable way of making hydrogen fuel from water using sunlight is step closer thanks to new research from the University of Bath's Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies. (2019-05-08)
Experimental device generates electricity from the coldness of the universe
A drawback of solar panels is that they require sunlight to generate electricity. (2019-05-06)
Novel thermoelectric nanoantenna design for use in solar energy harvesting
In an article published in the SPIE Journal of Nanophotonics (JNP), researchers from a collaboration of three labs in Mexico demonstrate an innovative nanodevice for harvesting solar energy. (2019-05-03)
Two neutron stars collided near the solar system billions of years ago
Columbia University and University of Florida researchers finds sign of cosmic event that created elements that became part of us. (2019-05-02)
Researchers make organic solar cells immune to the ravages of water, air and light
Researchers at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering have devised a way of making organic solar panels robust by performing the molecular equivalent of hair removal by waxing: they used adhesive tape to strip the electron-accepting molecules from the topmost surface of the photoactive layer of the cell. (2019-05-02)
What happens when schools go solar?
Rooftop solar projects at schools could reduce harmful air pollution, help the environment and enhance student learning while cutting electricity costs, a new study finds. (2019-05-02)
ASU researchers find water in samples from asteroid Itokawa
Two cosmochemists at Arizona State University have made the first-ever measurements of water contained in samples from the surface of an asteroid. (2019-05-01)
Inorganic perovskite absorbers for use in thin-film solar cells
A team at the Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin has succeeded in producing inorganic perovskite thin films at moderate temperatures using co-evaporation - making post-tempering at high temperatures unnecessary. (2019-04-29)
Rapid melting of the world's largest ice shelf linked to solar heat in the ocean
An international team of scientists has found part of the world's largest ice shelf is melting 10 times faster than the overall ice shelf average, due to solar heating of the surrounding ocean surface. (2019-04-29)
What a dying star's ashes tell us about the birth of our solar system
A UA-led team of researchers discovered a dust grain forged in a stellar explosion before our solar system was born. (2019-04-29)
Record solar hydrogen production with concentrated sunlight
EPFL researchers have created a smart device capable of producing large amounts of clean hydrogen. (2019-04-29)
Cosmic dust reveals new insights on the formation of solar system
The study of a tiny grain of stardust -- older than our solar system -- is shining new light on how planetary systems are formed. (2019-04-29)
Carnegie Mellon chemists manipulate the quantum states of gold nanoclusters
Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University's Department of Chemistry have found a way to control the lifetime of the quantum states of gold nanoclusters by three orders of magnitude, which could lead to improvements in solar cell and photocatalysis technologies. (2019-04-26)
Tracking charge carriers in the molecular crystal at organic pn junction
In conventional organic solar cells, the electrons exhibit their particle-nature and need to jump between organic molecules in the cell. (2019-04-25)
Caffeine gives solar cells an energy boost
Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Solargiga Energy in China have discovered that caffeine can help make a promising alternative to traditional solar cells more efficient at converting light to electricity. (2019-04-25)
Rapid destruction of Earth-like atmospheres by young stars
The discoveries of thousands of planets orbiting stars outside our solar system has made questions about the potential for life to form on these planets. (2019-04-24)
Better performance for mixed tin-lead perovskite solar cells
Using a new solution chemistry, researchers have made mixed tin-lead perovskite solar cells more efficient. (2019-04-18)
Solar panel demand causing spike in worldwide silver prices
Rising demand for solar panels is having a major effect on the worldwide price of silver, which could lead to solar panel production costs becoming far higher in the future, new research from the University of Kent has demonstrated. (2019-04-17)
A closer look at Mercury's spin and gravity reveals the planet's inner solid core
How do you explore the interior of a planet without ever touching down on it? (2019-04-17)
Solar evaporator offers a fresh route to fresh water
Researchers at the University of Maryland's A. James Clark School of Engineering have demonstrated a successful prototype of one critical component for affordable small-scale desalination: an inexpensive solar evaporator, made of wood. (2019-04-16)
Astronomers discover third planet in the Kepler-47 circumbinary system
The SDSU-led research has been published in the Astronomical Journal. (2019-04-16)
CubeSats prove their worth for scientific missions
Only a few years ago, the astronomy and heliophysics communities were skeptical about whether CubeSats could reliably obtain scientific data. (2019-04-16)
Powerful particles and tugging tides may affect extraterrestrial life
Two new studies by UA space scientists, one on high-energy particles and the other on tidal forces, may bring into question the habitability of TRAPPIST-1 exoplanets. (2019-04-16)
University of Hawaii astronomer's planet prediction verified in Star Wars-like system
A team of astronomers, including Nader Haghighipour from the Institute for Astronomy at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, discovered a third planet in the circumbinary planetary system Kepler-47. (2019-04-16)
Cometary surprise found inside meteorite
An ancient sliver of the building blocks from which comets formed was discovered by a Carnegie-led research team encased inside a meteorite like an insect in amber. (2019-04-15)
Tiny fragment of a comet found inside a meteorite
ASU researcher helps team make surprising discovery that gives clues to how solar system formed (2019-04-15)
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