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Shell increases versatility of nanowires
Nanowires promise to make LEDs more colorful and solar cells more efficient, in addition to speeding up computers. (2019-06-26)
The RoboBee flies solo
The RoboBee -- the insect-inspired microrobot developed by researchers at Harvard University -- has become the lightest vehicle ever to achieve sustained flight without the assistance of a power cord. (2019-06-26)
Tokyo Tech-led study shows how icy outer solar system satellites may have formed
Beyond the orbit of the planet Neptune, there are a multitude of icy and rocky small bodies, smaller than planets but larger than comets. (2019-06-25)
Conceptual model can explain how thunderstorm clouds bunch together
Understanding how the weather and climate change is one of the most important challenges in science today. (2019-06-25)
Which climates are best for passive cooling technologies?
UCSD researchers recently set out to gain a better understanding of the thermal balance of power plants and surfaces, but quickly realized that they would need to determine what roles cloud cover and relative humidity play in the transparency of the atmosphere to radiatio. (2019-06-25)
SwRI-led team studies binaries to make heads or tails of planet formation
A Southwest Research Institute-led team studied the orientation of distant solar system bodies to bolster the 'streaming instability' theory of planet formation. (2019-06-25)
Surrey researchers clear runway for tin based perovskite solar cells
Researchers at the University of Surrey believe their tin based perovskite solar cell could clear the runway for solar panel technology to take off and help the UK reach its 2050 carbon neutral goal. (2019-06-24)
Researchers create multi-junction solar cells from off-the-shelf components
In a proof-of-concept paper, researchers from North Carolina State University detail a new approach for creating multi-junction solar cells using off-the-shelf components, resulting in lower cost, high-efficiency solar cells for use in multiple applications. (2019-06-24)
Next-gen solar cells spin in new direction
A nanomaterial made from phosphorus, known as phosphorene, is shaping up as a key ingredient for more sustainable and efficient next-generation perovskite solar cells. (2019-06-21)
Discovery of a 'holy grail' with the invention of universal computer memory
A new type of computer memory to solve the digital technology energy crisis has been invented and patented by scientists. (2019-06-20)
Perovskite solar cells tested for real-world performance -- in the lab
Researchers at EPFL bring diurnal and seasonal variations into the lab to test the performance of perovskite solar cells under realistic conditions. (2019-06-20)
Research details response of sagebrush to 2017 solar eclipse
The short period of darkness caused a significant reduction in photosynthesis and transpiration in the desert shrub, but not quite to the levels of nighttime, according to some of the most detailed research on plant response to solar eclipses ever reported. (2019-06-20)
NASA selects SwRI's PUNCH mission to image beyond the Sun's outer corona
NASA has selected Southwest Research Institute to lead the 'Polarimeter to Unify the Corona and Heliosphere' (PUNCH) mission, a landmark Small Explorers Program mission that will image beyond the Sun's outer corona. (2019-06-20)
Photovoltaic nanotubes
Physicists discovered a novel kind of nanotube that generates current in the presence of light. (2019-06-19)
'Hot spots' increase efficiency of solar desalination
Rice University researchers showed they could boost the efficiency of their nanotechnology-enabled solar membrane desalination system by more than 50% simply by adding inexpensive plastic lenses to concentrate sunlight into 'hot spots.' (2019-06-18)
NRL researchers find insights into the formation of the solar system in ancient comet dust
Researchers at the US Naval Research Laboratory have discovered a remnant of ancient dust inside a primitive meteorite. (2019-06-18)
New study shows how environmental disruptions affected ancient societies
A new study shows that over the past 10,000 years, humanity has experienced a number of foundational transitions, or 'bottlenecks.' During these periods of transition, the advance or decline of societies was related to energy availability in the form of a benign climate and other factors. (2019-06-18)
100-year-old physics model replicates modern Arctic ice melt
A nearly 100-year-old physics model captures the essential mechanism of pattern formation and geometry of Arctic melt ponds. (2019-06-17)
'Self-healing' polymer brings perovskite solar tech closer to market
A protective layer of epoxy resin helps prevent the leakage of pollutants from perovskite solar cells (PSCs), report scientists from the Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST). (2019-06-17)
The brain consumes half of a child's energy -- and that could matter for weight gain
In a new paper published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 'A hypothesis linking the energy demand of the brain to obesity risk,' co-authors Christopher Kuzawa of Northwestern University and Clancy Blair of New York University School of Medicine, propose that variation in the energy needs of brain development across kids -- in terms of the timing, intensity and duration of energy use -- could influence patterns of energy expenditure and weight gain. (2019-06-17)
NASA scientists find sun's history buried in moon's crust
The Sun's rotation rate in its first billion years is unknown. (2019-06-17)
Binary solvent mixture boosting high efficiency of polymer solar cells
CB, CF and their mixture were selected as solvents to regulate molecular order and the nanoscale morphology of the photoactive layer. (2019-06-12)
Hybrid nanostructure steps up light-harvesting efficiency
Energy is transferred through the structure in a way that boosts its response to light, showing promise for solar cell applications. (2019-06-12)
Gemini Planet Imager analyzes 300 stars
Analysis from halfway through the Gemini Planet Imager's planetary survey hints that our solar system may have rare qualities which could possibly be related to the habitability of Earth. (2019-06-12)
Jupiter-like exoplanets found in sweet spot in most planetary systems
A survey of 300 stars in search of exoplanets finds that massive, Jupiter-like gas giants are found just about where Jupiter is in our own solar system. (2019-06-12)
Breathing new life into dye-sensitized solar cells
Japanese researchers are poised to reboot the field of aromatic-fused porphyrin sensitizers for dye-sensitized solar cells, the most efficient solar efficient solar technology available at present. (2019-06-12)
The new technology will significantly enhance energy harvest from PV modules
The whole world is inevitably moving towards a more sustainable lifestyle. (2019-06-11)
Holistic view of planning energy self-sufficient communities
By using energy-efficient buildings and distributing means of energy generation throughout buildings, sustainable communities can achieve a yearly net zero energy balance. (2019-06-11)
Rare 'superflares' could one day threaten Earth
New research shows that the sun could experience a massive burst of energy called a superflare sometime in the next several thousand years. (2019-06-11)
The sun may have a dual personality, simulations suggest
A deep dive into the sun's interior provides new clues to the forces that govern that star's internal clock. (2019-06-11)
Light energy and biomass can be converted to diesel fuel and hydrogen
A research group led by Professor WANG Feng at the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences recently developed a method to produce diesel fuel and hydrogen by exploiting light energy (solar energy or artificial light energy) and biomass-derived feedstocks. (2019-06-10)
Discovery sheds light on synthesis, processing of high-performance solar cells
Halide perovskite solar cells hold promise as the next generation of solar cell technologies, but while researchers have developed techniques for improving their material characteristics, nobody understood why these techniques worked. (2019-06-06)
A new method for 3D reconstructions of eruptive events on sun
An international team of scientists, led by Skoltech professor Tatiana Podladchikova, has developed a new 3D method for reconstructing space weather phenomena; in particular, the shock waves produced by the Sun's energy outbursts. (2019-06-05)
All human endurance activities share a common metabolic ceiling
In one of the first attempts to quantify the limits of human energy expenditure over time, researchers using data on athletes who competed in global endurance events report that human energy expenditure could not be sustained above 2.5 times the rate of metabolism at rest. (2019-06-05)
Building blocks of the Earth
Geologists from the Universities of Cologne and Bonn gain new insights regarding the Earth's composition by analysing meteorites. (2019-06-04)
Exomoons may be home to extra-terrestrial life
Computer simulations were run to calculate whether a moon orbiting outside the ring system of J1407b caused gaps. (2019-06-04)
Solving the sun's super-heating mystery with Parker Solar Probe
It's one of the greatest and longest-running mysteries surrounding, quite literally, our sun -- why is its outer atmosphere hotter than its fiery surface? (2019-06-04)
Precision calibration empowers largest solar telescope
An article published in the SPIE publication Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems (JATIS), 'Polarization Modeling and Predictions for DKIST Part 5: Impacts of enhanced mirror and dichroic coatings on system polarization calibration,' marks a substantial advance in ensuring the accurate solar information measured and collected by the Daniel K. (2019-06-03)
Ready, jet... print!
Inkjet printing could produce high-efficiency organic solar cells with commercial potential. (2019-06-03)
A rose inspires smart way to collect and purify water
A new device for collecting and purifying water, developed at The University of Texas at Austin, was inspired by a rose and, while more engineered than enchanted, is a dramatic improvement on current methods. (2019-05-29)
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