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Since cooling demand is primarily driven by the sun, could it also be powered by the sun?
The International Energy Agency has dubbed increased global cooling demand as one of the most critical blind spots in today's energy debate. (2019-09-11)
A Goldilocks zone for planet size
Harvard University researchers described a new, lower size limit for planets to maintain surface liquid water for long periods of time, extending the so-called Habitable or 'Goldilocks'' Zone for small, low-gravity planets. (2019-09-11)
Are we prepared for a new era of field geology on the moon and beyond?
Space agencies must invest more resources on field geology training of astronauts to take full advantage of scientific opportunities on the moon and other planetary bodies, Kip Hodges and Harrison Schmitt urge, in an Editorial. (2019-09-11)
Sandia experiments at temperature of sun offer solutions to solar model problems
The theoretical model that astrophysicists have used for 40 years to determine the behavior and future of the sun is broken. (2019-09-11)
Colorful microreactors utilize sunlight
The sun is the most sustainable energy source available on our planet and could be used to power photochemical reactions. (2019-09-10)
A decade of renewable energy investment, led by solar, tops US $2.5 trillion
A UN-backed report shows global investment in new renewable energy capacity this decade -- 2010 to 2019 inclusive -- is on course to hit USD 2.6 trillion, with more gigawatts of solar power capacity installed than any other generation technology. (2019-09-05)
Agrivoltaics proves mutually beneficial across food, water, energy nexus
Building resilience in renewable energy and food production is a fundamental challenge in today's changing world, especially in regions susceptible to heat and drought. (2019-09-03)
Air pollution under clear skies reduces sunlight reaching the Earth's surface
Scientists have found that the air pollution absorbs and disperses sunlight and thereby reduces the amount that reaches the Earth's surface. (2019-08-30)
Deep-sea sediments reveal solar system chaos: An advance in dating geologic archives
In a study published in the journal Science, Richard Zeebe from the University of Hawai'i at Manoa and Lucas Lourens from Utrecht University used geologic records from deep-sea drill cores to extend the astronomical time scale beyond 50 million years, by about 8 million years. (2019-08-29)
Hints of a volcanically active exomoon
A rocky extrasolar moon (exomoon) with bubbling lava may orbit a planet 550 light-years away from us. (2019-08-29)
Canadian astronomers determine Earth's fingerprint
Two McGill University astronomers have assembled a 'fingerprint' for Earth, which could be used to identify a planet beyond our Solar System capable of supporting life. (2019-08-28)
Newly discovered giant planet slingshots around its star
Astronomers have discovered a planet three times the mass of Jupiter that travels on a long, egg-shaped path around its star. (2019-08-27)
Researchers develop a better way to harness the power of solar panels
Researchers at the University of Waterloo have developed a way to better harness the volume of energy collected by solar panels. (2019-08-27)
Tiny tweaks for big wins in solar cells
Changes in composition are shown to affect light-harvesting layer crystallization and perovskite solar cell efficiency. (2019-08-26)
A new method for quantifying crystal semiconductor efficiency
Japanese scientists have found a new way to successfully detect the efficiency of crystal semiconductors. (2019-08-23)
Study models new method to accelerate nanoparticles
In a new study, researchers at the University of Illinois and the Missouri University of Science and Technology modeled a method to manipulate nanoparticles as an alternative mode of propulsion for tiny spacecraft that require very small levels of thrust. (2019-08-23)
Study shows some exoplanets may have greater variety of life than exists on Earth
A new study indicates that some exoplanets may have better conditions for life to thrive than Earth itself has. (2019-08-22)
Images from the surface of asteroid Ryugu yield clues to its composition
New images taken by a lander on the surface of the near-Earth asteroid Ryugu have yielded clues into the composition and origins of its rocks, which bear strong similarities to primitive meteorites called carbonaceous chondrites. (2019-08-22)
California's rooftop-solar boom leaves equity gap
California leads the nation in the adoption of rooftop solar systems, but information on which communities do, and do not, benefit from these installations has been limited. (2019-08-21)
Stardust in the Antarctic snow
The rare isotope iron-60 is created in massive stellar explosions. (2019-08-20)
Materials that can revolutionize how light is harnessed for solar energy
Columbia scientists designed organic molecules capable of generating two excitons per photon of light, a process called singlet fission. (2019-08-19)
Doped photovoltaics
Organic solar cells are made of cheap and abundant materials, but their efficiency and stability still lag behind those of silicon-based solar cells. (2019-08-16)
Greener, faster and cheaper way to make patterned metals for solar cells and electronics
An innovative way to pattern metals has been discovered by scientists in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Warwick, which could make the next generation of solar panels more sustainable and cheaper. (2019-08-14)
Mapping the energetic landscape of solar cells
A new spectroscopic method now makes it possible to measure and visualize the energetic landscape inside solar cells based on organic materials. (2019-08-13)
A new timeline of Earth's cataclysmic past
Recent research shows that our planet may have been pummeled with asteroids long before some scientists had previously thought. (2019-08-12)
New perovskite material shows early promise as an alternative to silicon
CsPbI3 is an inorganic perovskite, a group of materials gaining popularity in the solar world due to their high efficiency and low cost. (2019-08-08)
Installing solar panels on agricultural lands maximizes their efficiency, new study shows
A new study finds that if less than 1% of agricultural land was converted to solar panels, it would be sufficient to fulfill global electric energy demand. (2019-08-08)
NASA's MMS finds its first interplanetary shock
NASA's MMS mission just made the first high-resolution measurements of an interplanetary shockwave launched from the sun. (2019-08-08)
Researchers develop method to automatically estimate rooftop solar potential
The progress of rooftop solar installations is often slowed by a shortage of trained professionals who must use expensive tools to conduct labor-intensive structure assessments one by one, say scientists at UMass Amherst. (2019-08-07)
How much energy storage costs must fall to reach renewable energy's full potential
The cost of energy storage will be critical in determining how much renewable energy can contribute to the decarbonization of electricity. (2019-08-07)
Dead planets can 'broadcast' for up to a billion years
Astronomers are planning to hunt for cores of exoplanets around white dwarf stars by 'tuning in' to the radio waves that they emit. (2019-08-06)
Magnetic plasma pulses excited by UK-size swirls in the solar atmosphere
An international team of scientists led by the University of Sheffield have discovered previously undetected observational evidence of frequent energetic wave pulses the size of the UK, transporting energy from the solar surface to the higher solar atmosphere. (2019-08-05)
Geoengineering versus a volcano
Major volcanic eruptions spew ash particles into the atmosphere, which reflect some of the Sun's radiation back into space and cool the planet. (2019-08-05)
In the future, this electricity-free tech could help cool buildings in metropolitan areas
Engineers designed a new system to help cool buildings in crowded metropolitan areas without consuming electricity, an important innovation as cities work to adapt to climate change. (2019-08-05)
TESS satellite uncovers its 'first nearby super-Earth'
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), a mission designed to comb the heavens for exoplanets, has discovered its first potentially habitable world outside of our own solar system -- and an international team of astronomers has characterized the super-Earth, about 31 light-years away. (2019-07-31)
SibFU scientists discovered material that can make solar cells more efficient
Researchers at Siberian Federal University, together with colleagues from the Royal Institute of Technology (Stockholm, Sweden), discovered new properties of material based on palladium, which can increase the performance of solar cells. (2019-07-31)
Treating solar cell materials reveals formation of unexpected microstructures
Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskites have been used in optoelectronic devices including solar cells, photodetectors, light-emitting diodes and lasers, but the surface of hybrid perovskites is prone to surface defects, where charge carriers are trapped in the semiconducting material. (2019-07-30)
Scientists reproduce the dynamics behind astrophysical shocks
Article describes first laboratory measurement of the precursors to high-energy astronomical shocks. (2019-07-30)
NASA's TESS mission scores 'hat trick' with 3 new worlds
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), has found 3 new worlds in a system that promises to be among the most important targets for future studies. (2019-07-29)
TESS discovers three new planets nearby, including temperate 'sub-Neptune'
NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, has discovered three new worlds that are among the smallest, nearest exoplanets known to date. (2019-07-29)
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