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Researchers develop new possibilities for solar power
Two Queen's researchers have contributed to a significant breakthrough in solar technology. (2012-07-10)
Using the power of the sun to reach the stars
Solar sail technology is close to becoming an engineering reality. (2008-08-27)
Tech sails into space-based research project
Dr. Chris Jenkins, a researcher at South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, is developing instrumentation that could help NASA find planets outside our solar system, photograph the sun and create an advanced warning system for radiation from solar storms. (2004-09-15)
Voyager data may reveal trajectory of solar system
Nearly 30 years after launch, the two Voyager spacecraft are still operational and returning useful data. (2006-05-31)
Yes, the sun is an ordinary, solar-type star after all
The Sun is a solar-type star, a new study claims -- resolving an ongoing controversy about whether the star at the center of our Solar System exhibits the same cyclic behavior as other nearby, solar-type stars. (2017-07-13)
Getting into hot water
An analysis of the engineering and economics for a solar water-heating system shows it to have a payback period of just two years, according to researchers in India. (2009-03-09)
Solar cells of the future
A new material, nano flakes, may revolutionize the transformation of solar energy to electricity. (2007-12-18)
NASA's SDO watches twisting solar material over sun's surface
Solar material twists above the sun's surface in this close-up captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory on June 7-8, 2016, showcasing the turbulence caused by combative magnetic forces on the sun. (2016-06-27)
International solar physics conference set June 1-6 at Montana State
An international conference on the sun-Earth-space relationship will be held June 1-6 at Montana State University. (2008-01-28)
Solar power much cheaper to produce than most analysts realize, study finds
The public is being kept in the dark about the viability of solar photovoltaic energy, according to a study conducted at Queen's University. (2011-12-07)
Explore the solar system with Peter Bond
Throughout history our species has been fascinated with the stars, the planets and the vastness of outer space. (2012-02-22)
NASA's SDO sees sun's 2 coronal holes
NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, captured this solar image on March 16, 2015, which clearly shows two dark patches, known as coronal holes. (2015-03-17)
Planet Nine could spell doom for solar system
The solar system could be thrown into disaster when the sun dies if the mysterious 'Planet Nine' exists, according to research from the University of Warwick. (2016-08-30)
Total solar eclipse viewed from Australia
On Nov. 13, 2012, a narrow corridor in the southern hemisphere experienced a total solar eclipse. (2012-11-14)
Astrophysicists find fractal image of Sun's 'storm season' imprinted on solar wind
Plasma astrophysicists at the University of Warwick have found that key information about the Sun's (2007-05-25)
Formaldehyde: Poison could have set the stage for the origins of life
Formaldehyde, a poison and a common molecule throughout the universe, is likely the source of the solar system's organic carbon solids -- abundant in both comets and asteroids. (2011-04-04)
Shining more light on solar panels
A better understanding of how light reflects off different surfaces has improved action movies, videogames and now solar panels. (2015-10-22)
Research examines some losses in the devices that convert solar energy into useful heat
The engineer Fabienne Sallaberry has calculated the losses sustained by solar thermal collectors, devices that convert the sun's energy into useful heat, when one of their components is not correctly focusing the direct solar radiation. (2016-05-11)
LLNL physicist dates lifetime of solar nebula at 2 million years
The oxygen and magnesium content of some of the oldest objects in the universe are giving clues to the lifetime of the solar nebula, the mass of dust and gas that eventually led to the formation of our solar system. (2005-04-20)
NASA sees sun emit mid-level flare
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 1:32 pm EDT on May 3, 2013. (2013-05-03)
Solar power prices to continue falling through 2025, experts say
Prices for photovoltaic modules -- the part of solar panels that turn sunlight into electricity -- are expected to continue falling, in line with the long-term trend that has persisted since 1980, according to Near Zero's survey of experts. (2012-12-12)
Solar cell design with over 50 percent energy-conversion efficiency
Solar cells convert the sun's energy into electricity by converting photons into electrons. (2017-04-23)
NASA's SDO watches a sunspot turn toward Earth
A new sunspot group has rotated into view and seems to be growing rather quickly in this video captured by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory between July 5-11, 2017. (2017-07-12)
First measurement of the age of cometary material
Though comets are thought to be some of the oldest, most primitive bodies in the solar system, new research on comet Wild 2 indicates that inner solar system material was transported to the comet-forming region at least 1.7 million years after the formation of the oldest solar system solids. (2010-02-25)
Solar cell research funded by US Department of Energy
Fixed-tilt concentrating photovoltaic panels that will deliver significantly more energy than conventional photovoltaic solar panels are the aim of Penn State's solar energy research funded by the US Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) for $2.9 million. (2015-08-26)
NASA's solar probe plus mission moves one step closer to launch
NASA's Solar Probe Plus -- the first mission that will fly into sun's upper atmosphere and 'touch' the sun -- has passed a design review, an important milestone leading to its anticipated summer 2018 launch. (2016-07-29)
NASA's SDO spots a summer solar flare
The sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 12:20 p.m. (2014-07-08)
NASA sees sun emit a mid-level flare
On Nov. 13, 2012, the sun emitted a mid-level solar flare, peaking at 9:04 pm EST. (2012-11-13)
Solar electricity symposium
Leading lights in solar energy from around the world will meet July 12-13, in Sede Boker, Israel, for the Ninth Sede Boker Symposium on Solar Electricity Production at the Ben- Gurion National Solar Energy Center at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev's Jacob Blaustein Institute for Desert Research. (1999-06-21)
NASA sees activity continue on the sun
Solar activity continued on May 14, 2013, as the sun emitted a fourth X-class flare from its upper left limb, peaking at 9:48 p.m. (2013-05-15)
Step closer to birth of the sun
Researchers are a step closer to understanding the birth of the sun. (2014-08-07)
TU/e awarded for knowledge transfer to solar energy industry
Ph.D. graduate Bram Hoex and research group Plasma & Materials Processing of Eindhoven University of Technology have been awarded the Leverhulme Technology Transfer Award 2008. (2008-11-07)
ESA To Collaborate with NASA on Solar Science Mission
On October 4, 2011, the European Space Agency announced it's two next science missions, including Solar Orbiter, a spacecraft geared to study the powerful influence of the sun. (2011-10-06)
Innovation puts next-generation solar cells on the horizon
In a world first, a Monash University-led international research team has developed an innovative way to boost the output of the next generation of solar cells. (2009-11-30)
Solar contribution to 'global warming' predicted to decrease
New research on the sun's contribution to global warming is reported in this month's Astronomy & Geophysics. (2003-10-01)
Giant planet ejected from the solar system
Just as an expert chess player sacrifices a piece to protect the queen, the solar system may have given up a giant planet and spared the Earth, according to an article recently published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters. (2011-11-10)
Solar energy prospects are bright for Scotland, experts say
Installing state-of-the-art solar panels on a quarter of a million roofs could meet one-sixth of Scotland's electricity demands, experts say. (2014-05-19)
Large coronal hole near the sun's north pole
The European Space Agency/NASA Solar and Heliospheric Observatory, or SOHO, captured an image of a gigantic coronal hole hovering over the sun's north pole on July 18, 2013, at 9:06 a.m. (2013-07-19)
TU Delft: cheap and efficient solar cell made possible by linked nanoparticles
Researchers of the Chemical Engineering department and the Kavli institute of Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands have demonstrated that electrons can move freely in layers of linked semiconductor nanoparticles under the influence of light. (2011-09-26)
New type of solar cell retains high efficiency for long periods
Scientists from the University of Picardie Jules Verne and the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology are reporting development of a new genre of an electrolyte system for solar cells that breaks the double-digit barrier in the efficiency with which the devices convert sunlight into electricity. (2011-09-07)
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