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Monocrystalline silicon thin film for cost-cutting solar cells with 10-times faster growth rate fabricated
A research team from Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) and Waseda University have successfully produced high-quality thin film monocrystalline silicon with a reduced crystal defect density down to the silicon wafer level at a growth rate that is more than 10 times higher than before. (2018-03-16)
UNH Researchers find space radiation is increasingly more hazardous
UNH Researchers Find Space Radiation is Increasingly More Hazardous. (2018-03-15)
Chemists use abundant, low-cost and non-toxic elements to synthesize semiconductors
Javier Vela of Iowa State University and the Ames Laboratory has worked with two of his graduate students to synthesize a new material for semiconductors. (2018-03-14)
Research gets closer to producing revolutionary battery to power renewable energy industry
Trung Van Nguyen has headed research that today verges on development of a commercial hydrogen-bromine flow battery, an advanced industrial-scale battery design engineers have strived to develop since the 1960s. (2018-03-14)
15 new planets confirmed around cool dwarf stars
Scientists report the existence of 15 new planets -- including one 'super-Earth' that could harbor liquid water -- orbiting small, cool stars near our solar system. (2018-03-12)
Plants overcome hunger with the aid of autophagy
Researchers at Tohoku University have found that plants activate autophagy in their leaf cells to derive amino acids that are used for survival under energy-starved 'hunger' conditions. (2018-03-12)
Three NASA satellites recreate solar eruption in 3-D
Scientists have developed a model that simulates how shocks following coronal mass ejections, or CMEs, propagate from the sun -- an effort made possible only by combining data from three different NASA satellites. (2018-03-09)
NASA's Webb Telescope to make a splash in search for interstellar water
Water is crucial for life, but how do you make water? (2018-03-09)
JHU performs first laboratory simulation of exoplanet atmospheric chemistry
Scientists have conducted the first lab experiments on haze formation in simulated exoplanet atmospheres, an important step for understanding upcoming observations of planets outside the solar system with the James Webb Space Telescope. (2018-03-08)
Unveiling the depths of Jupiter's winds
Are the colorful bands just a pretty surface phenomenon, or are they a significant stratum of the planet? (2018-03-08)
Across the metal-molecule interface: Observing fluctuations on the single-molecule scale
Scientists at Tokyo Institute of Technology (Tokyo Tech) have developed a technique for analyzing structural and electronic fluctuations on the single-molecule scale across the metal-molecule interface in an organic electronic device. (2018-03-08)
With a TENG, solar cells could work come rain or shine
Despite the numerous advances in solar cells, one thing remains constant: cloudy, rainy conditions put a damper on the amount of electricity created. (2018-03-07)
Comet Chury formed by a catastrophic collision
Comets made up of two lobes, such as Chury, visited by the Rosetta spacecraft, are produced when the debris resulting from a destructive collision between two comets clumps together again. (2018-03-06)
Queen's scientists crack 70-year-old mystery of how magnetic waves heat the Sun
Scientists at Queen's University Belfast have led an international team to the ground-breaking discovery that magnetic waves crashing through the Sun may be key to heating its atmosphere and propelling the solar wind. (2018-03-06)
Running on renewables: How sure can we be about the future?
A variety of models predict the role renewables will play in 2050, but some may be over-optimistic, and should be used with caution, say researchers. (2018-03-06)
Materials 'sandwich' breaks barrier for solar cell efficiency
Nanomaterials esearchers have devised a method to significantly improve the efficiency of organic solar cells. (2018-03-05)
New dual-atom catalyst shows promise to yield clean energy by artificial photosynthesis
An international team of researchers from the US and China has synthesized a dispersed catalyst featuring two atoms, yielding a stable and highly active platform that could facilitate solar water oxidation for the production and storage of clean energy, the team reports in the latest Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (2018-03-05)
Study discovers South African wildfires create climate cooling
For years, scientists determined that smoke, overall, diminishes clouds' cooling effect by absorbing light that the clouds beneath the aerosols would otherwise reflect. (2018-03-05)
Hubble observes exoplanet atmosphere in more detail than ever before
An international team of scientists has used the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope to study the atmosphere of the hot exoplanet WASP-39b. (2018-03-01)
NASA finds a large amount of water in an exoplanet's atmosphere
Much like detectives study fingerprints to identify the culprit, scientists used NASA's Hubble and Spitzer space telescopes to find the 'fingerprints' of water in the atmosphere of a hot, bloated, Saturn-mass exoplanet some 700 light-years away. (2018-03-01)
When do aging brown dwarfs sweep the clouds away?
Brown dwarfs, the larger cousins of giant planets, undergo atmospheric changes from cloudy to cloudless as they age and cool. (2018-02-27)
Wind and solar power could meet four-fifths of US electricity demand, study finds
The United States could reliably meet about 80 percent of its electricity demand with solar and wind power generation, according to scientists at the University of California, Irvine; the California Institute of Technology; and the Carnegie Institution for Science. (2018-02-27)
Wind and solar could meet most but not all US electricity needs
Wind and solar power could generate most but not all electricity in the United States, according to an analysis of 36 years of weather data by Carnegie's Ken Caldeira, and three Carnegie-affiliated energy experts. (2018-02-27)
A new approach towards highly efficient and air-stable perovskite solar cells
Research into the use of perovskite materials as solar cells has boomed in the last several years, following reports of high energy conversion efficiencies, which have continued to climb. (2018-02-26)
Powerful flare from star Proxima Centauri detected with ALMA
Using data from ALMA, a team of astronomers discovered that a powerful stellar flare erupted from Proxima Centauri last March. (2018-02-26)
NASA's SDO Reveals How Magnetic Cage on the Sun Stopped Solar Eruption
A dramatic magnetic power struggle at the Sun's surface lies at the heart of solar eruptions, new research using NASA data shows. (2018-02-23)
Proxima Centauri's no good, very bad day
A team of astronomers led by Carnegie's Meredith MacGregor and Alycia Weinberger detected a massive stellar flare -- an energetic explosion of radiation -- from the closest star to our own Sun, Proxima Centauri, which occurred last March. (2018-02-23)
World's first solar fuels reactor for night passes test
International solar thermal energy researchers have successfully tested CONTISOL, a solar reactor that runs on air, able to make any solar fuel like hydrogen and to run day or night - because it uses concentrated solar power (CSP) which can include thermal energy storage. (2018-02-21)
Why polymer solar cells deserve their place in the sun
Organic polymer solar cells show potential to provide solar power to remote microwatt sensors, wearable technology and the Wi-Fi-connected appliances constituting the 'internet of things.' While PSCs cannot match the durability or efficiency of inorganic solar cells, the potential to mass-produce nontoxic, disposable solar panels using roll-to-roll production makes them attractive for additional applications. (2018-02-20)
Pulsating Aurora mysteries uncovered with help from NASA's THEMIS mission
The precise mechanism driving pulsating auroras, long unknown, has now been identified with help from NASA's THEMIS mission. (2018-02-20)
The superionic form of water
A recent study confirms the predictions made by a group of SISSA and ICTP scientists in a study published in Science in 1999. (2018-02-20)
ASU professor Davies addresses why we have yet to find extraterrestrial life
Are we alone in the universe? Few questions have captured the public imagination more than this. (2018-02-16)
System draws power from daily temperature swings
A new device from MIT can draw power out of the daily cycle of temperature swings to power remote sensors or communications systems. (2018-02-15)
Eclipse season starts for NASA's SDO
On Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018, NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, saw a total solar eclipse in space when Earth crossed its view of the sun. (2018-02-13)
Cost-reduction roadmap outlines two pathways to meet DOE residential solar cost target for 2030
Leveraging cost-reduction opportunities in the roof replacement or new construction markets for residential photovoltaic installations could help the United States meet the US Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office residential solar photovoltaic cost target by 2030, according to new research from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. (2018-02-13)
Researchers discover new lead-free perovskite material for solar cells
Perovskite solar cells are a promising new low-cost photovoltaic technology, but most contain toxic lead. (2018-02-13)
Chemical cluster could transform energy storage for large electrical grids
Researchers at the University of Rochester and University at Buffalo believe they have found a promising compound that could transform the energy storage landscape. (2018-02-13)
Recreating outer space in the lab
Thermodynamics provides insight into the internal energy of a system and the energy interaction with its surroundings. (2018-02-13)
Avoiding blackouts with 100% renewable energy
Researchers propose three separate ways to avoid blackouts if the world transitions all its energy to electricity or direct heat and provides the energy with 100 percent wind, water and sunlight. (2018-02-08)
Towards a better prediction of solar eruptions
Just one phenomenon may underlie all solar eruptions. French researchers have identified the presence of a confining 'cage' in which a magnetic rope forms, causing solar eruptions. (2018-02-07)
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