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Rare meteorites challenge our understanding of the solar system
Researchers have discovered minerals from 43 meteorites that landed on Earth 470 million years ago. (2017-01-23)
SF State astronomer searches for signs of life on Wolf 1061 exoplanet
San Francisco State astronomer Stephen Kane and a team of researchers locate the habitable zone, the region where water could exist on the surface of a planet, on the Wolf 1061, a planetary system that's 14 light years away. (2017-01-19)
Roberto Morandotti and Federico Rosei receive the Sichuan Province 1,000 talents award
The government of Sichuan province has recognized the outstanding research of two INRS professors, Roberto Morandotti and Federico Rosei, respectively for their work in photonics and nanotechnology, by attributing them the prestigious 1,000 talents short term award of Sichuan province. (2017-01-18)
Extreme space weather-induced blackouts could cost US more than $40 billion daily
The daily US economic cost from solar storm-induced electricity blackouts could be in the tens of billions of dollars, with more than half the loss from indirect costs outside the blackout zone, according to a new study. (2017-01-18)
A big nano boost for solar cells
Solar cells convert light into electricity. While the sun is one source of light, the burning of natural resources like oil and natural gas can also be harnessed. (2017-01-18)
MIT and Eni extend energy collaboration
Following a stream of research successes in breakthrough technologies in the energy space, MIT President L. (2017-01-17)
NREL pioneers better way to make renewable hydrogen
Scientists at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) developed a method which boosts the longevity of high-efficiency photocathodes in photoelectrochemical water-splitting devices. (2017-01-17)
Solar power plan set to bring fresh water to out-of-reach villages
A solar-powered purification system could provide remote parts of India with clean drinking water for the first time. (2017-01-16)
CWRU directly measures how perovskite solar films efficiently convert light to power
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University have directly shown that electrons generated when light strikes a well-oriented perovskite film are unrestricted by grain boundaries and travel long distances without deteriorating. (2017-01-11)
The moon is older than scientists thought, UCLA-led research team reports
he moon is much older than some scientists believe, a UCLA-led research team reports in the journal Science Advances Jan. (2017-01-11)
An ordered route to improved performance
KAUST shows a solvate created during the fabrication of perovskite thin films holds the key to reproducibly producing cheap solar cells. (2017-01-10)
Next-generation optics offer the widest real-time views of vast regions of the sun
A groundbreaking new optical device, developed at NJIT's Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) to correct images of the Sun distorted by multiple layers of atmospheric turbulence, is providing scientists with the most precisely detailed, real-time pictures to date of solar activity occurring across vast stretches of the star's surface. (2017-01-10)
How a moon slows the decay of Pluto's atmosphere
A new study from the Georgia Institute of Technology provides additional insight into relationship between Pluto and its moon, Charon, and how it affects the continuous stripping of Pluto's atmosphere by solar wind. (2017-01-09)
NASA study finds solar storms could spark soils at moon's poles
Powerful solar storms can charge up the soil in frigid, permanently shadowed regions near the lunar poles, and may possibly produce 'sparks' that could vaporize and melt the soil, perhaps as much as meteoroid impacts, according to NASA-funded research. (2017-01-06)
Hubble provides interstellar road map for Voyagers' galactic trek
NASA's two Voyager spacecraft are hurtling through unexplored territory on their road trip beyond our solar system. (2017-01-06)
Hubble detects 'exocomets' taking the plunge into a young star
Interstellar forecast for a nearby star: Raining comets! NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has discovered comets plunging onto the star HD 172555, which is a youthful 23 million years old and resides 95 light-years from Earth. (2017-01-06)
ASU to lead NASA space exploration mission for first time
NASA has approved an ASU mission to a metal asteroid called Psyche, marking the first time scientists will be able to see and explore a planetary core firsthand. (2017-01-05)
NASA moon data provides more accurate 2017 eclipse path
Thanks to elevation data of the moon from NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, or LRO, coupled with detailed NASA topography data of Earth, we have the most accurate maps of the path of totality for any eclipse to date. (2017-01-05)
ASU spectrometer to fly on new NASA mission to distant 'Trojan' asteroids
In 2021, NASA will launch a mission to a group of asteroids that accompany the giant planet Jupiter. (2017-01-05)
Off-grid power in remote areas will require special business model to succeed
Low-cost, off-grid solar energy could provide significant economic benefit to people living in some remote areas, but a new study suggests they generally lack the access to financial resources, commercial institutions and markets needed to bring solar electricity to their communities. (2017-01-05)
York U research identifies icy ridges on Pluto
Using a model similar to what meteorologists use to forecast weather on Earth and a computer simulation of the physics of evaporating ices, a new study by York University's Professor John Moores, Department of Earth and Space Science and Engineering at York's Lassonde School of Engineering, has found evidence that snow and ice features previously only seen on Earth, have been spotted on Pluto. (2017-01-04)
NASA selects mission to study Jupiter's Trojan asteroids
NASA has selected a mission that will perform the first reconnaissance of the Trojans, a population of primitive asteroids orbiting in tandem with Jupiter. (2017-01-04)
The beating heart of solar energy
Using solar cells placed under the skin to continuously recharge implanted electronic medical devices is a viable one. (2017-01-03)
Stability challenge in perovskite solar cell technology
New research reveals intrinsic instability issues of iodine-containing perovskite solar cells. (2016-12-23)
Artificial leaf as mini-factory for drugs
To produce drugs sustainably and cheaply, anywhere you want. Whether in the middle of the jungle or even on Mars. (2016-12-21)
Bright future for energy devices
A new material invented by Michigan Technological University researchers embeds sodium metal in carbon and could improve electrode performance in energy devices. (2016-12-20)
Astronomers release largest digital survey of the visible Universe
The world's largest digital survey of the visible Universe, mapping billions of stars and galaxies, has been publicly released. (2016-12-19)
Astronomers discover dark past of planet-eating 'Death Star'
An international team of scientists, including researchers from the University of Chicago, has made the rare discovery of a planetary system with a host star similar to Earth's sun. (2016-12-15)
Carbonaceous chondrites shed light on the origins of life in the universe
A Spanish-Italian team led by the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) has discovered that one type of meteorite known as carbonaceous chondrites are capable of synthesising organic compounds which are key to prebiotic chemistry. (2016-12-14)
Researchers dial in to 'thermostat' in Earth's upper atmosphere
A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has found the mechanism behind the sudden onset of a 'natural thermostat' in Earth's upper atmosphere that dramatically cools the air after it has been heated by violent solar activity. (2016-12-14)
Newly formed stars shoot out powerful whirlwinds
Researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute have used the ALMA telescopes to observe the early stages in the formation of a new solar system. (2016-12-14)
Revolutions in understanding the ionosphere, Earth's interface to space
Far above Earth's surface is a sea of particles that have been split into positive and negative ions by the suns harsh ultraviolet radiation called the ionosphere -- this is Earth's interface to space. (2016-12-14)
Lunar sonic booms
University of Iowa physicist Jasper Halekas will discuss new findings about the physics surrounding mini shock waves produced on the moon at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco on Dec. (2016-12-13)
Mitigating the risk of geoengineering
Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have identified an aerosol for solar geoengineering that may be able to cool the planet while simultaneously repairing ozone damage. (2016-12-12)
Winds of rubies and sapphires strike the sky of giant planet
Signs of powerful changing winds have been detected on a planet 16 times larger than Earth, over 1,000 light years away -- the first time ever that weather systems have been found on a gas giant outside our solar system -- according to new research by the University of Warwick. (2016-12-12)
Research offers clues about the timing of Jupiter's formation
The new study shows that Jupiter had probably reached its present-day size by about 5 million years after the first solids in the solar system formed. (2016-12-09)
Hydrogen from sunlight -- but as a dark reaction
The storage of photogenerated electric energy and its release on demand are still among the main obstacles in artificial photosynthesis. (2016-12-09)
Will Earth still exist 5 billion years from now?
What will happen to Earth when, in a few billion years' time, the sun is a hundred times bigger than it is today? (2016-12-08)
Illinois researchers discover hot hydrogen atoms in Earth's upper atmosphere
A team of University of Illinois researchers has discovered the existence of hot atomic hydrogen (H) atoms in an upper layer of Earth's atmosphere known as the thermosphere. (2016-12-06)
Longest-living animal gives up ocean climate secrets
A study of the longest-living animal on Earth, the quahog clam, has provided researchers with an unprecedented insight into the history of the oceans. (2016-12-06)
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