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Hubble spots auroras on Uranus
This is a composite image of Uranus by Voyager 2 and two different observations made by Hubble -- one for the ring and one for the auroras. (2017-04-10)
Tibet sediments reveal climate patterns from late Miocene, 6 million years ago
Researchers at the University of Rochester surveyed sediment samples from the northern Tibetan Plateau's Qaidam Basin and constructed paleoclimate cycle records from the late Miocene epoch of Earth's history, which lasted from approximately 11 to 5.3 million years ago. (2017-04-06)
UN-backed report: Record new renewable power capacity added worldwide at lower cost
As clean technology costs continue to fall, the world added record levels of renewable energy capacity in 2016, at an investment level 23 percent lower than 2015, new UN-backed research shows. (2017-04-06)
This Week from AGU: Weak solar activity could expose aircrews to higher radiation
Impending weak solar activity could expose aircrews to higher radiation levels. (2017-04-05)
Charting the skies of history
Ice cores and ancient sediments can be gleaned for clues to weather and climate in the past. (2017-04-05)
Report shines light on installed costs and deployment barriers for residential solar PV
Researchers from the US Department of Energy National Renewable Energy Laboratory are making available the most detailed component and system-level cost breakdowns to date for residential photovoltaic (PV) solar systems equipped with energy storage-and quantifying previously unknown soft costs for the first time. (2017-04-04)
Neptune's journey during early planet formation was 'smooth and calm'
A Queen's University Belfast expert has made a major discovery on the formation of icy bodies within the Kuiper Belt, unlocking unique evidence that Neptune's movement during early planet formation was a 'smooth and calm' journey. (2017-04-04)
Electronic control to ensure photovoltaic systems always work at maximum power
The Advanced Control Group of the UPV/EHU's Department of Systems Engineering and Automation has developed a control system designed to ensure that photovoltaic generators always work at their maximum power point by adapting them in terms of the level of irradiance received from the sun and the load connected to the system. (2017-04-04)
Researchers offer novel method for calculating the benefits of renewable energy
Researchers from the Higher School of Economics (HSE) have developed a novel system for assessing the potential of renewable energy resources. (2017-04-04)
NASA's solar dynamics observatory captured trio of solar flares April 2-3
The sun emitted a trio of mid-level solar flares on April 2-3, 2017. (2017-04-03)
A 'bionic leaf' could help feed the world
In the second half of the 20th century, an agricultural boom called the 'green revolution' was largely credited with averting a global food crisis. (2017-04-03)
Bio-inspired energy storage: A new light for solar power
Inspired by the western Swordfern, a groundbreaking prototype could be the answer to the storage challenge still holding solar back as a total energy solution. (2017-03-31)
Next generation perovskite solar cells with new world-record performance
A new study, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, finds key to produce perovskite solar cells that display both high efficiency (21.2%) and long-term stability (1,000 hours of light exposure). (2017-03-31)
The Red Planet is severely gassed out
New measurements of Mars' thin atmosphere show that most of it has been lost to space due to bombardment from solar wind; this was the likely driver of the transition in Martian climate from an early, warm, wet environment to today's cold, dry, thin atmosphere. (2017-03-30)
New MAVEN findings reveal how Mars' atmosphere was lost to space
Solar wind and radiation are responsible for stripping the Martian atmosphere, transforming Mars from a planet that could have supported life billions of years ago into a frigid desert world, according to new results from NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution Mission) spacecraft led by the University of Colorado Boulder. (2017-03-30)
Modern alchemy creates luminescent iron molecules
A group of researchers at Lund University in Sweden have made the first iron-based molecule capable of emitting light. (2017-03-30)
Waves on sun give NASA new insight into space weather forecasting
New research has uncovered a mechanism, similar to one that occurs on Earth, which may allow new insights into forecasting space weather and activity on the sun. (2017-03-30)
Financialization's negative effect on the American solar industry
The increasing role of the United States' financial sector in the 1980s and 1990s, when it shifted from focusing on technology investment to speculating on future markets, impaired the country's emerging solar industry, a new study reports. (2017-03-29)
Wrong-way asteroid plays 'chicken' with Jupiter
For at least a million years, an asteroid orbiting the 'wrong' way around the sun has been playing a cosmic game of chicken with giant Jupiter and with about 6,000 other asteroids sharing the giant planet's space, says a report published in the latest issue of Nature. (2017-03-29)
Igniting a solar flare in the corona with lower-atmosphere kindling
Recent images captured by NJIT's 1.6-meter New Solar Telescope at Big Bear Solar Observatory (BBSO) have revealed the emergence of small-scale magnetic fields in the lower reaches of the corona the researchers say may be linked to the onset of a main flare. (2017-03-28)
Gold standards for nanoparticles
KAUST researchers reveal how small organic 'citrate' ions can stabilize gold nanoparticles, assisting research on the structures' potential. (2017-03-28)
The economic case for wind and solar energy in Africa
To meet skyrocketing demand for electricity, African countries may have to triple their energy output by 2030. (2017-03-27)
Planetary waves, first found on Earth, are discovered on sun
The same kind of large-scale planetary waves that meander through the atmosphere high above Earth's surface may also exist on the sun, according to a new study led by a scientist at NCAR. (2017-03-27)
Renewable energy has robust future in much of Africa
Africa's energy demand is expected to triple by 2030. A new Berkeley study shows that the continent's energy needs can be met with renewable power from wind and solar in a way that reduces reliance on undependable hydroelectric power and imported fossil fuels, while at the same time saving money and providing jobs. (2017-03-27)
Extreme space weather: Protecting our critical infrastructure
Extreme space weather has a global footprint and the potential to damage critical infrastructure on the ground and in space. (2017-03-24)
New Stanford study calls for US solar policy reform
Stanford researchers suggest reforming US solar policies and encourage closer collaboration between the United States and China on solar energy in a new report. (2017-03-23)
Researchers create self-sustaining bacteria-fueled power cell
Instead of oil, coal, or even solar energy, self-sustaining bacterial fuel cells may power the future. (2017-03-22)
Fledgling stars try to prevent their neighbors from birthing planets
Stars don't have to be massive to evaporate material from around nearby stars and affect their ability to form planets, a new study suggests. (2017-03-22)
Ultrafast measurements explain quantum dot voltage drop
Solar cells and photodetectors could soon be made from new types of materials based on semiconductor quantum dots, thanks to new insights based on ultrafast measurements capturing real-time photoconversion processes. (2017-03-22)
Comet 67P is constantly undergoing a facelift
Changes that the Rosetta spacecraft discovered on the surface of Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, including the collapse of entire cliffs, were likely driven by seasonal events, according to a new study. (2017-03-21)
Comet 67P full of surprises, says study led by CU Boulder
Images returned from the European Space Agency's Rosetta mission indicate the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko was a very active place during its most recent trip through the solar system, says a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder. (2017-03-21)
ASU showcasing NASA next-gen digital learning at lunar and planetary science conference
Last year, NASA awarded Arizona State University a grant to develop next-generation digital learning experiences that incorporate NASA science content. (2017-03-21)
Revealing the microscopic mechanisms in perovskite solar cells
In just a few years, researchers have achieved remarkable power conversion efficiency with materials with perovskite crystal structure, comparable with the best photovoltaic materials available. (2017-03-21)
SwRI-led team focusing on safety chosen for NASA's SSERVI
NASA announced it has selected a new team led by Southwest Research Institute to its Solar System Exploration Research Virtual Institute (SSERVI). (2017-03-20)
Scientists make the case to restore Pluto's planet status
Kirby Runyon wants to make one thing clear: regardless of what one prestigious scientific organization says to the contrary, Pluto is a planet. (2017-03-17)
Research proposes new theories about nature of Earth's iron
New research challenges the prevailing theory that the unique nature of Earth's iron was the result of how its core was formed billions of years ago. (2017-03-17)
Nanotube film may resolve longevity problem of challenger solar cells
Nanotube film may resolve longevity problem of challenger solar cells Researchers lengthened the lifetime of perovskite solar cells by using nanotube film to replace the gold used as the back contact and the organic material in the hole conductor. (2017-03-17)
Liquid fuel for future computers
In the future, a new type of tiny redox flow battery will supply tightly packed electronic components with energy, while also dissipating the heat they produce. (2017-03-15)
New electron source for materials analysis
Jülich physicists have succeeded in accelerating the determination of material properties as well as making it more efficient. (2017-03-15)
Visualizing debris disk 'roller derby' to understand planetary system evolution
When planets first begin to form, the aftermath of the process leaves a ring of rocky and icy material that's rotating and colliding around the young central star like a celestial roller derby. (2017-03-15)
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