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Columbia engineers develop floating solar fuels rig for seawater electrolysis
Chemical engineering professor Daniel Esposito has developed a novel photovoltaic-powered electrolysis device that can operate as a stand-alone platform that floats on open water. (2017-12-15)
A model of Mars-like protoplanets shed light on early solar activity
A scientist from Siberian Federal University (SFU) and his colleagues from Austria and Germany constructed a physical and mathematical model of Mars- and Venus-sized planet formation. (2017-12-14)
Researcher pioneers solar sintering for crucial steel component
Mintek pyrometallurgy engineer Lina Hockaday is trying a highly focused solar reactor to replace the fossil energy used as part of the steelmaking process. (2017-12-13)
North Sea water and recycled metal combined to help reduce global warming
Scientists at the University of York have used sea water collected from Whitby in North Yorkshire, and scrap metal to develop a technology that could help capture more than 850 million tonnes of unwanted carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. (2017-12-13)
Climate conditions affect solar cell performance more than expected
MIT researchers can now predict how much energy solar cells will produce at any location worldwide. (2017-12-13)
Mars mission sheds light on habitability of distant planets
Insights from NASA's Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution, or MAVEN, mission about the loss of the Red Planet's atmosphere can help scientists understand the habitability of rocky planets orbiting other stars. (2017-12-13)
Life's building blocks observed in spacelike environment
Where do the molecules required for life originate? It may be that small organic molecules first appeared on earth and were later combined into larger molecules, such as proteins and carbohydrates. (2017-12-12)
Glass with switchable opacity could improve solar cells and LEDs
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania have created glass that lets through a large amount of light while appearing hazy, a combination of properties that could help boost the performance of solar cells and LEDs. (2017-12-11)
Transformation to wind and solar achievable with low indirect GHG emissions
Different low carbon technologies from wind or solar energy to fossil carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) differ greatly when it comes to indirect GHG emissions in their life cycle. (2017-12-08)
Guanidinium stabilizes perovskite solar cells at 19 percent efficiency
Incorporating guanidinium into perovskite solar cells stabilizes their efficiency at 19 percent for 1,000 hours under full-sunlight testing conditions. (2017-12-08)
Mount Sinai researchers use breakthrough technology to understand eclipse eye damage
Research could lead to new treatment for solar retinopathy. (2017-12-07)
Solar power advances possible with new 'double-glazing' device
A new 'double-glazing' solar power device -- which is unlike any existing solar panel and opens up fresh opportunities to develop more advanced photovoltaics -- has been invented by University of Warwick researchers. (2017-12-07)
Discovery about rare nitrogen molecules offers clues to makeup of life-supporting planets
A new study on atmospheric nitrogen provides a clue about what geochemical signatures of other planets might look like, especially if they are capable of supporting life as we know it. (2017-12-06)
Meteorite analysis shows reduced salt is key in Earth's new recipe
Scientists have found the halogen levels in the meteorites that formed the Earth billions of years ago are much lower than previously thought. (2017-12-05)
Study sheds light on turbulence in astrophysical plasmas
Research from MIT and the University of Wisconsin provides better explanations of the turbulent behavior of plasmas in space. (2017-12-01)
Hot, sunny days could slow 5G networks, but research offers solutions
Hot, sunny weather could degrade future fifth-generation or '5G' cellular transmissions by more than 15% -- which could mean more dropped calls in places like Florida and the Middle East -- but an Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University engineer says research will guide solutions. (2017-11-30)
Windows of opportunity: Solar cell with improved transparency
Researchers at The University of Tokyo developed a semi-transparent solar cell. (2017-11-30)
Three UNIST researchers named world's most highly cited researchers
Three researchers, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) ranked in the top 1 percent in their fields globally. (2017-11-29)
NREL develops switchable solar window
Thermochromic windows capable of converting sunlight into electricity at a high efficiency have been developed by scientists at the US Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). (2017-11-28)
NUS scientists develop artificial photosynthesis device for greener ethylene production
A team of scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a prototype device that mimics natural photosynthesis to produce ethylene gas using only sunlight, water and carbon dioxide. (2017-11-27)
All missions on board for NASA heliophysics research
Scientists have been studying the near-Earth environment for the better part of a century, but many mysteries -- like where the energetic particles that pervade the area originate and become energized -- still remain. (2017-11-27)
Light facilitates n-doping of organic semiconductors
Doping organic semiconductors with negative charges is difficult. Now a German-American research team has applied a trick: as a first step, they transformed the fragile charge-donor molecules into dimers that are far more stable. (2017-11-23)
Unexpected atmospheric vortex behavior on Saturn's moon Titan
A new study led by a University of Bristol earth scientist has shown that recently reported unexpected behavior on Titan, the largest moon of Saturn, is due to its unique atmospheric chemistry. (2017-11-21)
Watching atoms move in hybrid perovskite crystals reveals clues to improving solar cells
The discovery of nanoscale changes deep inside hybrid perovskites could shed light on developing low-cost, high-efficiency solar cells. (2017-11-21)
Hydrogen cars for the masses one step closer to reality, thanks to UCLA invention
UCLA researchers have designed a new device that can inexpensively and efficiently create and store energy and create hydrogen fuel, and that needs only sunlight to operate. (2017-11-20)
Glass microparticles enhance solar cells efficiency
Scientists from ITMO University have developed a new solar cell coating based on amorphous silicon that combines the features of an electrode and those of a light-trapping structure. (2017-11-20)
Space dust may transport life between worlds, research suggests
Life on Earth might have originated from tiny organisms brought to our planet in streams of fast-moving space dust, according to a new study. (2017-11-20)
Artificial photosynthesis gets big boost from new catalyst
A new catalyst created by U of T Engineering researchers brings them one step closer to artificial photosynthesis -- a system that, just like plants, would use renewable energy to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) into stored chemical energy. (2017-11-20)
ESO observations show first interstellar asteroid is like nothing seen before
For the first time ever astronomers have studied an asteroid that has entered the Solar System from interstellar space. (2017-11-20)
First known interstellar visitor is an 'oddball'
Gemini Observatory provided key observations in characterizing an object visiting from outside our solar system, 'Oumuamua. (2017-11-20)
Astronomers reveal nearby stars that are among the oldest in our galaxy
Astronomers have discovered some of the oldest stars in our Milky Way galaxy by determining their locations and velocities, according to a study led by scientists at Georgia State University. (2017-11-20)
NIR-driven H2 evolution from water: Expanding wavelength range for solar energy conversion
A Japanese research team at Kyushu University synthesized a compound that absorbs near-infrared light to produce hydrogen from water. (2017-11-17)
Taking a spin on plasma space tornadoes with NASA observations
New NASA mission results show that tornado-like swirls of space plasma create tumultuous boundaries in the near-Earth environment, letting dangerous high-energy particles slip into near Earth space. (2017-11-17)
New physical model explains the origin of Earth's water
Objects scattered to the inner region of the Solar System by Jupiter's growth brought most of the water now found on Earth. (2017-11-16)
NASA detects solar flare pulses at Sun and Earth
Two recent studies show how solar flares exhibit pulses or oscillations in the amount of energy being sent out. (2017-11-16)
A new way to store thermal energy
A new phase-change material developed at MIT provides a way to store heat in a stable chemical form, then release it later on demand using light as a trigger. (2017-11-16)
Solar minimum surprisingly constant
Using more than half a century of observations, Japanese astronomers have discovered that the microwaves coming from the Sun at the minimums of the past five solar cycles have been the same each time, despite large differences in the maximums of the cycles. (2017-11-16)
Ionic 'solar cell' could provide on-demand water desalination
Modern solar cells, which use energy from light to generate electrons and holes that are then transported out of semiconducting materials, have existed for over 60 years. (2017-11-15)
Pine and poplar wood improve sunlight-driven water purification
Engineers at the University of Maryland have found that porous types of wood from trees like poplar and pine can greatly increase the efficiency of water-to-steam conversion under sunlight. (2017-11-15)
Desert solar to fuel centuries of air travel
Researchers at the Department of Mechanical and Process Engineering at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, have concentrated 3,000 'suns' of solar thermal energy into a solar reactor at 1,500°C for thermochemical splitting of H2O and CO2 into hydrogen and carbon monoxide (syngas), the precursor to kerosene and other liquid fuels. (2017-11-15)
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