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New properties of perovskite solar cells
Perovskite solar cells are lighter and cheaper than silicon, their production is non-toxic. (2019-03-25)
Jupiter's unknown journey revealed
The giant planet Jupiter was formed four times further from the sun than its current orbit, and migrated inwards in the solar system over a period of 700 000 years. (2019-03-22)
True-meaning wearable displays: Self-powered, washable and wearable
When we think about clothes, they are usually formed with textiles and have to be both wearable and washable for daily use; however, smart clothing has had a problem with its power sources and moisture permeability, which causes the devices to malfunction. (2019-03-21)
Making solar cells is like buttering bread
Formamidinium lead iodide is a very good material for photovoltaic cells, but getting the correct and stable crystal structure is a challenge. (2019-03-21)
Study shows pressure induces unusually high electrical conductivity in polyiodide
A study into the effects of high mechanical pressure on the polyiodide TEAI showed that it brings unusually high electrical conductivity starting from insulating state, suggesting that the material may be useful as a switchable semiconductor. (2019-03-19)
SwRI-led team identifies water-bearing minerals on asteroid Bennu
A Southwest Research Institute-led team discovered evidence of abundant water-bearing minerals on the surface of the near-Earth asteroid (101955) Bennu. (2019-03-19)
New record: Over 16 percent efficiency for single-junction organic solar cells
Two non-fullerene acceptors, namely BTPT-4F and BTPTT-4F, were selected to match with a wide-bandgap polymer donor P2F-EHp consisting of an imide-functionalized benzotriazole moiety, as these materials presented complementary absorption and well-matched energy levels. (2019-03-18)
Researchers create hydrogen fuel from seawater
Splitting water into hydrogen and oxygen presents an alternative to fossil fuels, but purified water is a precious resource. (2019-03-18)
Nanocrystal 'factory' could revolutionize quantum dot manufacturing
A new system for synthesizing quantum dots across the entire spectrum of visible light drastically reduces manufacturing costs, can be tuned on demand to any color and allows for real-time process monitoring to ensure quality control. (2019-03-15)
Solar-powered moisture harvester collects and cleans water from air
A breakthrough by engineers at The University of Texas at Austin offers new solution through solar-powered technology that absorbs moisture from the air and returns it as clean, usable water. (2019-03-14)
ANU research set to shake up space missions
A new study from the Australian National University has found a number of 2D materials can not only withstand being sent into space, but potentially thrive in the harsh conditions. (2019-03-14)
Powering devices -- with a desk lamp?
Batteries power most of our devices, and even some cars. (2019-03-13)
ALMA observes the formation sites of solar-system-like planets
Researchers have spotted the formation sites of planets around a young star resembling our sun. (2019-03-13)
Mixed-cation perovskite solar cells in space
Perovskite solar cells (PSCs) exhibiting outstanding efficiency, high power-per-weight, and excellent radiation resistance are considered to be the new-generation energy technology for space application. (2019-03-12)
Probability of catastrophic geomagnetic storm lower than estimated
According to a group of mathematics researchers, the probability in the following decade of the sun causing a storm strong enough to affect electrical and communication infrastructures around the globe 'only' reaches 1.9 percent maximum. (2019-03-12)
What scientists found after sifting through dust in the solar system
Two recent studies report discoveries of dust rings in the inner solar system: a dust ring at Mercury's orbit, and a group of never-before-detected asteroids co-orbiting with Venus, supplying the dust in Venus' orbit. (2019-03-12)
Finding the right 'dose' for solar geoengineering
New research finds that if solar geoengineering is used to cut global temperature increases in half, there could be worldwide benefits without exacerbating change in any large geographic area. (2019-03-11)
Researchers uncover additional evidence for massive solar storms
Solar storms can be far more powerful than previously thought. (2019-03-11)
SwRI-led LAMP instrument sheds light on lunar water movement
Using the Southwest Research Institute-led Lyman Alpha Mapping Project (LAMP) aboard NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO), scientists have observed water molecules moving around the dayside of the Moon. (2019-03-08)
NASA's LRO sheds light on lunar water movement
Scientists using an instrument aboard LRO observed water molecules moving around the dayside of the moon. (2019-03-08)
What does the Milky Way weigh? Hubble and Gaia investigate
We can't put the whole Milky Way on a scale, but astronomers have been able to come up with one of the most accurate measurements yet of our galaxy's mass, using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope and the European Space Agency's Gaia satellite. (2019-03-07)
Engineers develop inexpensive, smart stop sign to improve driver safety
According to the US Department of Transportation, more than half of all roadway fatalities occur on rural roads. (2019-03-06)
Light from an exotic crystal semiconductor could lead to better solar cells
Scientists have found a new way to control light emitted by exotic crystal semiconductors, which could lead to more efficient solar cells and other advances in electronics, according to a Rutgers-led study in the journal Materials Today. (2019-03-06)
Good news! Europe's electric grid will still work even as the world crumbles
Temperatures may climb and seas may rise, but the lights (and, undoubtedly, the air conditioning) will still be on in nations with high capacities for wind and solar energy. (2019-03-06)
Improving solar cell efficiency with a bucket of water
Beth Parks has devised an astonishingly simple way to overcome a limitation of solar cells -- a bucket of water. (2019-03-06)
Discovering the next generation of catalysts
The use of solar and wind energy must be doubled to meet the world's demand for clean energy over the next 30 years. (2019-03-05)
Asteroids are stronger, harder to destroy than previously thought
A popular theme in the movies is that of an incoming asteroid that could extinguish life on the planet, and our heroes are launched into space to blow it up. (2019-03-04)
Scientists track deep history of planets' motions, and effects on Earth's climate
Using cores of rock, scientists have mapped out the tracks of several planets that influence the orbit, and thus the climate, of Earth, in a period 200 million years ago. (2019-03-04)
Layering titanium oxide's different mineral forms for better solar cells
A Japan-based research team led by Kanazawa University improved the efficiency of a new type of solar cell with a double layer consisting of pure anatase and brookite, two different mineral forms of titanium oxide. (2019-02-28)
Exiled planet linked to stellar flyby 3 million years ago
Paul Kalas of UC Berkeley was puzzled by the tilted but stable orbit of a planet around a binary star -- an orbit like that of our solar system's proposed Planet Nine. (2019-02-28)
Pluto and Charon's ancient scars reveal a dearth of small Kuiper Belt objects
By mapping the scars of ancient impacts on the surfaces of Pluto and Charon, researchers have gained a better understanding of the formation and evolution of the Kuiper Belt, a vast halo of orbiting debris lying at the fringes of our solar system. (2019-02-28)
SwRI-led New Horizons research indicates small Kuiper Belt objects are surprisingly rare
Using New Horizons data from the Pluto-Charon flyby in 2015, a Southwest Research Institute-led team of scientists have indirectly discovered a distinct and surprising lack of very small objects in the Kuiper Belt. (2019-02-28)
Using stardust grains, ASU scientists build new model for nova eruptions
ASU scientists make breakthrough in modeling how stars erupt thanks to studies of microscopic stardust grains. (2019-02-28)
More support for Planet Nine
Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin offer further clues about Planet Nine. (2019-02-27)
New NASA mission could find more than 1,000 planets
A NASA telescope that will give humans the largest, deepest, clearest picture of the universe since the Hubble Space Telescope could find as many as 1,400 new planets outside Earth's solar system, new research suggests. (2019-02-25)
Ingredients for water could be made on surface of moon, a chemical factory
When a stream of charged particles known as the solar wind careens onto the moon's surface at 450 kilometers per second (or nearly 1 million miles per hour), they enrich the moon's surface in ingredients that could make water, NASA scientists have found. (2019-02-20)
Beyond the bulkheterojunction
Bulkheterojunctions (blended junctions) are indispensable for organic solar cells. However, the fabrication of electron and hole transport routes in bulkheterojunction remains quite challenging. (2019-02-19)
LOFAR radio telescope reveals secrets of solar storms
The team of scientist showed that solar storms can accelerate particles simultaneously in several locations by combining data from the Low Frequency Array, LOFAR, with images from NASA, NOAA and ESA spacecraft. (2019-02-19)
Technology developed in Brazil will be part of the International Space Station
Presented during FAPESP Week London, instrument created in São Paulo will be improved in collaboration with Russia and will measure solar flares; launch is scheduled for 2022. (2019-02-19)
Solar tadpole-like jets seen with NASA'S IRIS add new clue to age-old mystery
Scientists have discovered tadpole-shaped jets coming out of the Sun that may help explain why the corona (the wispy upper atmosphere of our star) is so inexplicably hot. (2019-02-19)
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