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Stanford solar physicist finds new way to study the inner workings of the sun
Neutrinos from the sun carry information about its fiery core but they are extremely hard to detect. (2016-11-10)
Ready for launch: CU Boulder instrument suite to assess space weather
A multimillion dollar University of Colorado Boulder instrument package expected to help scientists better understand potentially damaging space weather is now slated to launch aboard a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration satellite on Saturday, Nov. (2016-11-10)
Simulation brings global 100 percent renewable electricity system alive for the first time
A new model developed by Lappeenranta University of Technology shows how an electricity system mainly based on solar and wind works in all regions of the world. (2016-11-09)
Two NASA Goddard employees win Women in Aerospace awards
Dr. Colleen Hartman and Dr. Holly Gilbert of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., recently received awards for their contributions to the aerospace community. (2016-11-09)
Major advance in solar cells made from cheap, easy-to-use perovskite
With its ease of manufacture, perovskite has the potential to replace silicon for inexpensive solar cells. (2016-11-07)
System opens up high-performance programming to nonexperts
Researchers from MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Stony Brook University have developed a new system that allows users to describe what they want their programs to do in very general terms. (2016-11-07)
RIT professor wins Smithsonian, Carnegie and SAI fellowships
Rochester Institute of Technology professor Joel Kastner is broadening and deepening his research program on the origins of our solar system and planetary systems orbiting other stars while on four consecutive fellowships and visiting positions during his sabbatical this academic year. (2016-11-04)
GRAPES-3 indicates a crack in Earth's magnetic shield
The GRAPES-3 muon telescope, the largest and most sensitive cosmic ray monitor recorded a burst of galactic cosmic rays that indicated a crack in the Earth's magnetic shield. (2016-11-03)
UCI chemist Shane Ardo named one of 5 inaugural Moore Inventor Fellows
Shane Ardo, assistant professor of chemistry at the University of California, Irvine, has been named a Moore Inventor Fellow by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and will receive $825,000 over three years to fund the development of solar-powered desalination technologies to help solve water scarcity problems for nearly a billion people worldwide. (2016-11-02)
New instrument could search for signatures of life on Mars
A sensing technique that the US military currently uses to remotely monitor the air to detect potentially life-threatening chemicals, toxins, and pathogens has inspired a new instrument that could 'sniff' for life on Mars and other targets in the solar system -- the Bio-Indicator Lidar Instrument, or BILI. (2016-11-01)
Clouds are impeding global warming... for now
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory researchers have identified a mechanism that causes low clouds -- and their influence on Earth's energy balance -- to respond differently to global warming depending on their spatial pattern. (2016-10-31)
New theory explains how the moon got there
Earth's Moon is an unusual object in our solar system, and now there's a new theory to explain how it got where it is, which puts some twists on the current 'giant impact' theory. (2016-10-31)
Mystery solved behind birth of Saturn's rings
A team of researchers have presented a new model for the origin of Saturn's rings based on results of computer simulations. (2016-10-31)
Research helps explain formation of ringed crater on the moon
The moon's Orientale basin is an archetype of 'multi-ring' basins found throughout the solar system. (2016-10-27)
Launching fusion reactions without a central magnet, or solenoid
Creating ring-like objects called (2016-10-27)
NASA honors Univ. of Iowa scientist with Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal
Jasper Halekas, associate physics and astronomy professor at the University of Iowa, has won an Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal from NASA, for 'exceptional contributions to MAVEN's science return using the Solar Wind Ion Analyzer instrument.' (2016-10-25)
New maps show where to generate solar energy in South Carolina
Amanda Farthing and the team at Clemson University created maps showing which lands in South Carolina would be most suitable for generating solar energy at utility scale. (2016-10-24)
Photonics dawning as the communications light for evolving NASA missions
A largely unrecognized field called photonics may provide solutions to some of NASA's most pressing challenges in future spaceflight. (2016-10-21)
Researchers discover ways to expand temperature stability range of solar cells
University of Virginia researchers have discovered ways to markedly expand the stable range of HOIP solar cells during temperature changes. (2016-10-21)
Overlooked molecules could revolutionize our understanding of the immune system
Thousands of new immune system signals have been uncovered with potential implications for immunotherapy, autoimmune diseases and vaccine development. (2016-10-20)
New perovskite solar cell design could outperform existing commercial technologies
Stanford and Oxford scientists have created new perovskite solar cells that that could rival and even outperform conventional cells made of silicon. (2016-10-20)
Tracking waves from sunspots gives new solar insight
For the first time, researchers have tracked a particular kind of solar wave as it swept upward from the sun's surface through its atmosphere. (2016-10-20)
Discovery of first binary-binary calls solar system formation into question
Everything we know about the formation of solar systems might be wrong, says University of Florida astronomy professor Jian Ge and his postdoc, Bo Ma. (2016-10-20)
Curious tilt of the sun traced to undiscovered planet
'Planet Nine,' which may lurk beyond Neptune, may be the reason that the solar system's planets orbit at a six-degree angle with respect to the sun. (2016-10-19)
Methodology advance at HZB: Ionic liquids simplify laser experiments on liquid samples
An HZB team has developed a new approach to conduct photoemission spectroscopy of molecules in solution. (2016-10-19)
The Sun's coronal tail wags its photospheric dog
A team of NJIT scientists claims that solar flares have a powerful impact on sunspots, the visible concentrations of magnetic fields on the Sun's surface, or photosphere. (2016-10-12)
Solar-Tectic LLC receives the Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award for 2016
Solar-Tectic LLC announced today that it has received the Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award for 2016. (2016-10-12)
Tatooine worlds orbiting 2 suns often survive violent escapades of aging stars
Planets that revolve around two suns may surprisingly survive the violent late stages of the stars' lives, according to new research out of the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center and York University. (2016-10-12)
Nanoscale confinement leads to new all-inorganic perovskite with exceptional solar cell properties
Scientists with the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the first time discovered how to make perovskite solar cells out of quantum dots and used the new material to convert sunlight to electricity with 10.77 percent efficiency. (2016-10-11)
UNH researchers discover effect of rare solar wind on Earth's radiation belts
Researchers from the University of New Hampshire have captured unique measurements of the Van Allen radiation belts, which circle the Earth, during an extremely rare solar wind event. (2016-10-11)
Chaos in cosmos: Stars with three planet-forming discs of gas
A star with a ring of planets orbiting around it - that is the picture we know from our own solar system and from many of the thousands of exoplanets observed in recent years. (2016-10-11)
Proxima Centauri might be more sunlike than we thought
In August astronomers announced that the nearby star Proxima Centauri hosts an Earth-sized planet (called Proxima b) in its habitable zone. (2016-10-11)
NREL report shows US solar photovoltaic costs continuing to fall in 2016
The modeled costs to install solar photovoltaic systems continued to decline in the first quarter of 2016 in the US residential, commercial, and utility-scale sectors, according to updated benchmarks from the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory. (2016-10-11)
X-ray vision reveals how polymer solar cells wear out
Scientists from the Technical University of Munich have used the accurate X-ray vision provided by DESY's radiation source PETRA III to observe the degradation of plastic solar cells. (2016-10-11)
NREL supercomputing model provides insights from higher wind and solar generation in the eastern power grid
A new study from the United States Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory used high-performance computing capabilities and innovative visualization tools to model, in unprecedented detail, how the power grid of the eastern United States could operationally accommodate higher levels of wind and solar photovoltaic generation. (2016-10-11)
NREL to lead new consortium to improve reliability and performance of solar modules
The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, will form a new consortium intended to accelerate the development of module materials for photovoltaics and lower the cost of electricity generated by solar power. (2016-10-11)
Lights, action, electrons!
For the first time, scientists captured in a video the electrons' movement inside a solar cell. (2016-10-10)
Highly efficient organic solar cells with improved operation stability
A new study, affiliated with Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology, Ulsan, South Korea has presented an effective and simple strategy to simultaneously improve and stabilize the performance of organic solar cells. (2016-10-10)
Toward 'greener,' inexpensive solar cells
Solar panels are proliferating across the globe to help reduce the world's dependency on fossil fuels. (2016-10-07)
MinXSS CubeSat brings new information to study of solar flares
A new miniature satellite is observing a particular class of X-ray light that has rarely been studied. (2016-10-07)
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