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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)
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)
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)
View of the Earth in front of the Sun
An international research team led by the University of Göttingen has discovered two new Earth-like planets near one of our closest stars. (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)
Meteors help Martian clouds form
Researchers think they've solved the long-standing mystery of how Mars got all of its clouds. (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)
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)
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)
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)
Mass anomaly detected under the moon's largest crater
A mysterious large mass of material has been discovered beneath the largest crater in our solar system -- the Moon's South Pole-Aitken basin -- and may contain metal from the asteroid that crashed into the Moon and formed the crater, according to a Baylor University study. (2019-06-10)
New study dramatically narrows the search for advanced life in the universe
Scientists may need to rethink their estimates for how many planets outside our solar system could host a rich diversity of life. (2019-06-10)
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)
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)
Ocean and space exploration blend at URI's Graduate School of Oceanography
Scientists with a NASA-led expedition are operating from the Inner Space Center at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography as colleagues explore the deep Pacific Ocean to prepare to search for life in deep space. (2019-05-29)
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)
Efficient triplet pair separation in dibenzopentalene derivatives
In intramolecular SF (iSF), the strong coupling nature and confinement of diffusional separation of 1(TT) limits the extraction and harnessing of triplet energy. (2019-05-28)
Release of solar panel dataset helps cities make power grids more safe, reliable
Solar power researchers have traditionally used the power measurements from single residential solar photovoltaic systems to estimate the power generated within a city. (2019-05-28)
Societal values and perceptions shape energy production and use as much as new technology
Societal values and perceptions have shaped the energy landscape as much as the technologies that drive its production and consumption, a new paper from an Oregon State University researcher suggests. (2019-05-28)
NYS winters could pose solar farm 'ramping' snag for power grid
By adding utility-scale solar farms throughout New York state, summer electricity demand from conventional sources could be reduced by up to 9.6 percent in some places. (2019-05-28)
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