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Understanding the love-hate relationship of halide perovskites with the sun
Perovskiet solar cells are at the center of much recent solar research. (2020-07-10)
Looking at linkers helps to join the dots
Understanding the optimal process for fabricating coupled nanocrystal solids could help researchers to improve optoelectronics devices. (2020-07-09)
Purifying water with the help of wood, bacteria and the sun
According to the United Nations, about one-fifth of the world's population lives in areas where water is scarce. (2020-07-08)
Biosynthetic sustainable hierarchical solar steam generator
Nowadays, a team led by Prof. Shu-Hong Yu from the University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) report an efficient and sustainable biomimetic hierarchical solar steam generator (HSSG) based on bacterial cellulose (BC) nanocomposites. (2020-07-08)
Princeton chemists resolve origin of perovskite instability
Researchers in the Cava Group at the Princeton University Department of Chemistry have demystified the reasons for instability in an inorganic perovskite. (2020-07-07)
Electrons in the fast lane
Microscopic structures could further improve perovskite solar cells (2020-07-07)
The collective power of the solar system's dark, icy bodies
Two new studies by researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder may help to solve one of the biggest mysteries about the dark, icy bodies of the outer solar system: why so many of them don't circle the sun the way they should. (2020-07-07)
Newer solar power equipment ages better than older units
Utility-scale photovoltaics are the largest sector of the overall solar market within the US and the fastest-growing form of renewable power generation, and this fleet of utility-scale photovoltaic projects is relatively young and hasn't been operating long enough to establish a lengthy history of operational field service. (2020-07-07)
'Growing' active sites on quantum dots for robust H2 photogeneration
Chinese researchers had achieved site- and spatial- selective integration of earth-abundant metal ions in semiconductor quantum dots (QDs) for efficient and robust photocatalytic H2 evolution from water. (2020-07-07)
Breakthrough machine learning approach quickly produces higher-resolution climate data
Researchers at the US Department of Energy's (DOE's) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have developed a novel machine learning approach to quickly enhance the resolution of wind velocity data by 50 times and solar irradiance data by 25 times--an enhancement that has never been achieved before with climate data. (2020-07-07)
New study resolves mystery surrounding unique light-harvesting structures in algae
Photosynthesis is a biochemical process that converts solar energy into chemical energy, releasing oxygen into the atmosphere. (2020-07-06)
Making plastic more transparent while also adding electrical conductivity
In an effort to improve large touchscreens, LED light panels and window-mounted infrared solar cells, researchers at the University of Michigan have made plastic conductive while also making it more transparent. (2020-07-06)
Solar assisted heating networks reduce environmental impact and energy consumption
More than 40% of energy consumption in the European Union is by buildings and 63% of this figure is due to residential dwellings. (2020-07-03)
Crystal structure discovered almost 200 years ago could hold key to solar cell revolution
Solar energy researchers are shining their scientific spotlight on materials with a crystal structure discovered nearly two centuries ago. (2020-07-02)
No touching: Skoltech researchers find contactless way to measure thickness of carbon nanotube films
Scientists from Skoltech and their colleagues from Russia and Finland have figured out a non-invasive way to measure the thickness of single-walled carbon nanotube films, which may find applications in a wide variety of fields from solar energy to smart textiles. (2020-06-30)
Scientists develop N-doped self-cleaning membranes that use visible light irradiation
Researchers from the Institute of Process Engineering (IPE) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Argonne National Laboratory (Argonne) in the U.S. have recently employed atomic layer deposition (ALD) to fabricate visible light-activated membranes that efficiently utilize solar energy. (2020-06-30)
To find giant black holes, start with Jupiter
On a quest to find the Universe's largest black holes, Vanderbilt researcher identifies the center of the solar system within 100 meters. (2020-06-30)
First measurement of spin-orbit alignment on planet Beta Pictoris b
Astronomers have made the first measurement of spin-orbit alignment for a distant 'super-Jupiter' planet, demonstrating a technique that could enable breakthroughs in the quest to understand how exoplanetary systems form and evolved. (2020-06-29)
SwRI scientists demonstrate speed, precision of in situ planetary dating device
Southwest Research Institute scientists have increased the speed and accuracy of a laboratory-scale instrument for determining the age of planetary specimens onsite. (2020-06-29)
New solar forecasting model performs best
A new mathematical model for predicting variations in solar irradiance has been developed at Uppsala University. (2020-06-28)
Trapping the Sun: New thin-film technology uses sustainable components for solar panels
Most common thin-film solar panels consist of expensive rare-earth elements like indium and gallium, or highly toxic metals like cadmium. (2020-06-25)
Motions in the Sun reveal inner workings of sunspot cycle
The Sun's convection zone plays a key role in the generation and evolution of the Sun's magnetic field. (2020-06-25)
NYU Abu Dhabi researchers measure motions in the Sun to explain the solar cycle
In a newly-published study, researchers from the Center for Space Science at NYU Abu Dhabi (NYUAD) and colleagues used helioseismology and analyzed several data sources to find that the Sun's meridional flow is a single cell in each hemisphere that carries plasma toward the Sun's equator 200 thousand km below the surface. (2020-06-25)
NRL telescope onboard ESA, NASA SOHO discovers 4000th comet
NRL's Large Angle Spectrometric Coronagraph (LASCO) instrument identified the 4000th comet discovered by the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO), a joint mission between the European Space Agency and NASA on June 15. (2020-06-25)
Neptune-sized planet discovered orbiting young, nearby star
Research published today in Nature reports the discovery of a planet about the size of Neptune orbiting an especially young, nearby star. (2020-06-24)
"Bright spot" during COVID-19: Increased power from solar panels thanks to cleaner air
During the COVID-19 pandemic, one unexpected outcome in cities around the world has been a reduction in air pollution, as people stay home to avoid contracting the coronavirus. (2020-06-22)
Researchers design a system to reduce the noise of space rockets in the launch phase
Researchers at the Gandia campus of the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) have developed a new system to reduce the noise of space rockets during the first phases of launching. (2020-06-18)
Spacecrafts get a boost in 'aerogravity assisted' interactions
In a recently published paper in EPJ Special Topics, Jhonathan O. (2020-06-18)
KU Leuven researchers shed new light on solar flares
Plasma astrophysicists at KU Leuven have created the first self-consistent simulation of the physical processes that occur during a solar flare. (2020-06-18)
Vapor fix lifts up perovskite crystal performance
A facile and mild bromine treatment eliminates surface and bulk defects from perovskites to boost the materials' optoelectronic properties. (2020-06-18)
4,000th comet discovered by ESA and NASA Solar Observatory
On June 15, 2020, a citizen scientist spotted a never-before-seen comet in data from the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO -- the 4,000th comet discovery in the spacecraft's 25-year history. (2020-06-17)
NASA's IBEX charts 11 years of change at boundary to interstellar space
Now, for the first time, scientists have used an entire solar cycle of data from NASA's IBEX spacecraft to study how the heliosphere changes over time. (2020-06-17)
Nature provides roadmap to potential breakthroughs in solar energy technology
As policymakers increasingly turn toward science in addressing global climate change, one Michigan State University scientist is looking to nature to develop the next generation of solar energy technology. (2020-06-11)
Speed of space storms key to protecting astronauts and satellites from radiation
Measuring the speed of coronal mass ejections (CMEs) as they erupt from the sun, in addition to their size, found to be crucial in providing accurate early warnings that keep astronauts and technology safe. (2020-06-10)
Falling clean energy costs can provide opportunity to boost climate action during COVID-19 recovery: UN
A UN report says 184 GW of clean power capacity was added in 2019, a 20 GW jump from the 164 GW added in 2018. (2020-06-10)
Liquid metals break down organic fuels into ultra-thin graphitic sheets
For the first time, FLEET researchers at UNSW, Sydney show the synthesis of ultra-thin graphitic materials at room temperature using organic fuels (which can be as simple as basic alcohols such as ethanol). (2020-06-10)
Flexible and recyclable optoelectronics move a step closer
A cheap, flexible and recyclable alternative to indium tin oxide in electrodes has been presented by researchers in Australia, where a nanosphere lithography process was used to create transparent metal nanomesh. (2020-06-10)
New 'sun clock' quantifies extreme space weather switch on/off
Extreme space weather events can significantly impact systems such as satellites, communications systems, power distribution and aviation. (2020-06-10)
A method has been developed to study the 'traces' of coronal mass ejections at the Sun.
Scientists at Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (skoltech), together with colleagues from the Karl-Franzens University of Graz and the Kanzelhoehe Observatory (Austria) developed an automatic method for detecting 'coronal dimmings', or 'traces' of coronal mass ejections at the Sun, and also proved that they are reliable indicators of the early diagnosis of powerful emissions of energy from the atmosphere of the Sun, traveling to Earth at great speed. (2020-06-10)
Renewable fuel from carbon dioxide with the aid of solar energy
Researchers at Linköping University, Sweden, are attempting to convert carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, to fuel using energy from sunlight. (2020-06-09)
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