Automated Solar Arrays Could Help Incinerate Global Warming

Automated Solar Arrays Could Help Incinerate Global Warming

Gross says such efficiency can deliver heat 20 percent more cheaply than fossil fuels can.Gross is also building a receiver that can handle temperatures above 2,700 degrees.

2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

2020 in Science: A SpaceX Bonanza, Lab-Grown Brains, and More

The other was a tax credit that allowed businesses and individuals to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing new solar panels from their taxes.After that, individuals won’t receive any tax credits for installing solar on their homes, and business owners will receive a paltry 10 percent.

Space Photos of the Week: Starkiller Base? Nope, Just Real-Life Icy Moons

Space Photos of the Week: Starkiller Base? Nope, Just Real-Life Icy Moons

Photograph: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research InstitutePerhaps the most famous moon in the solar system (aside from our own) is Jupiter’s Europa.Photograph: NASA/JPL/Space Science InstituteIn 1989 after visiting the outer planets, Voyager 2 flew past Neptune and its large moon Triton.

Space Photos of the Week: Parker's Potential

Space Photos of the Week: Parker's Potential

Photograph: NASA GoddardThe European Space Agency’s PROBA2 satellite captured this unusually detailed photo of the corona—plasma that can be millions of degrees hotter than the star’s actual surface.Video: ESAThis sunspot, captured in ultraviolet by NASA’s Solar Dynamic Observatory in 2017, only looks small.

Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

Cheap at Last, Batteries Are Making a Solar Dream Come True

“It’s a pretty big deal for us,” says Chad Raley, who manages technology and renewables at Ameren, a Missouri utility that is building three rural solar-plus-storage projects to better manage the flow of electricity across the local grid.

The Best Cyber Monday Deals on Outdoor and Fitness Gear

The Best Cyber Monday Deals on Outdoor and Fitness Gear

The kit includes a poker to manipulate logs while the fire is burning, a heat-reflecting mat so you can use the FirePit on a deck or patio without scorching them, and a carrying case with a built-in solar charger for recharging the airflow unit that eats up the smoke.The Pieps DSP Sport is an affordable, easy-to-use model with a 50-meter range.

Are Saturn’s Rings Really as Young as the Dinosaurs?

Are Saturn’s Rings Really as Young as the Dinosaurs?

Previously, planetary scientists had assumed that Saturn’s rings were as old as the solar system itself—about 4.5 billion years old.“Every new exciting result gets challenged,” said Burkhard Militzer, a planetary scientist at the University of California, Berkeley and a co-author of the Science paper.

Apple's New AirPods, Tesla's New Solar Roof, and More News

Apple's New AirPods, Tesla's New Solar Roof, and More News

Last Friday, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed Version 3.0 of the Solar Glass Roof , a house-topper made of solar panels that looks like slate.

Tesla Has a New Solar Roof—and Musk Says This One Will Work

Tesla Has a New Solar Roof—and Musk Says This One Will Work

Elon Musk on Friday afternoon revealed details of the latest version of Tesla’s Solar Glass Roof, announcing that installations have begun and should ramp up in the coming weeks.

NASA Wants to Send a Probe to the Hellish Surface of Venus

NASA Wants to Send a Probe to the Hellish Surface of Venus

Known as the Long-Lived In-situ Solar System Explorer, or LLISSE, each of the probe’s components is specially engineered to withstand the high temperature, high pressure, and reactive atmosphere that define that infernal planet.“We don't have any data on how the conditions change from day to night on Venus,” says Kremic.

Shell Leads Big Oil in the Race to Invest in Clean Energy

Shell Leads Big Oil in the Race to Invest in Clean Energy

Oil companies have done about 70 deals in sectors including solar, wind and biofuels so far this year, already close to surpassing the total for the whole of 2018, according to the report.

Space Photos of the Week: Tune Into Neptune

Space Photos of the Week: Tune Into Neptune

The mission uncovered two worlds very unlike any other planets in our solar system, and we now know that both have rings, as well as robust storms and bizarre icy moons.

Analysis: Hydrogen’s Plunging Price Boosts Role as Climate Solution

Analysis: Hydrogen’s Plunging Price Boosts Role as Climate Solution

“Once the industry scales up, renewable hydrogen could be produced from wind or solar power for the same price as natural gas in most of Europe and Asia,” Kobad Bhavnagri, BNEF’s head of special projects, said in the report on Wednesday.

Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

Space Photos of the Week: Sun Spotting

Launched in 2018, NASA’s Parker Solar Probe will take years to swoop into orbit around the Sun, but once it’s there, its main goal is to figure out exactly what drives the solar wind, the constant stream of highly charged particles that are spit out from the openings in the surface.

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

A Tax Credit Fueled the Solar Energy Boom. Now It's in Limbo

But Congress had just passed a bill that gave Sunrun a chance: It allowed businesses and individuals to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing new solar panels from their taxes.

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter’s Big Storm Is Blowing Over

Space Photos of the Week: Jupiter’s Big Storm Is Blowing Over

This 300-year-old storm used to be huge—so big it could hold nearly four Earths, although over the past few decades it has been shrinking and no one knows why.#Space Photos of the Week #Jupiter #solar eclipse.

Sorry, But We Can’t Just Hack Our Way Out of Climate Doom

Sorry, But We Can’t Just Hack Our Way Out of Climate Doom

“Suddenly stopping solar geoengineering could cause the climate to change very rapidly, allowing ecosystems and economies less time to adapt to new conditions,” says Proctor.

Physicists Made a Blazing Hot Plasma Doughnut to Study Solar Wind

Physicists Made a Blazing Hot Plasma Doughnut to Study Solar Wind

So, to supplement the data gleaned from satellites and space probes, physicists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison recently created a glowing, doughnut-shaped plasma, a respectable 10 feet in diameter, that behaves like a miniature version of the solar wind.

This Solar Eclipse Photograph Took Two Years to Capture

This Solar Eclipse Photograph Took Two Years to Capture

"It was amazing, and I realized that an eclipse is not just about the corona," he says, referencing the outer atmosphere of the sun that briefly peaks out from behind the moon during totality.

GE Sells Solar-Business Stake to BlackRock

GE Sells Solar-Business Stake to BlackRock

The GE deal comes as investors begin prioritizing a solar segment that was once viewed as riskier than developments for utilities or homeowners: projects for commercial and industrial customers.

New Designs Could Boost Solar Cells Beyond Their Limits

New Designs Could Boost Solar Cells Beyond Their Limits

This process is known as exciton fission and means that the solar cell is able to use high energy photons from the blue-green part of the visible spectrum. Baldo says that using tetracene could bump the theoretical energy efficiency limit up to 35 percent—higher than was ever thought possible for single-junction cells.

Space Photos of the Week: Chaotic, Gassy Mars

Space Photos of the Week: Chaotic, Gassy Mars

Earth has dune fields like this too in our deserts—just one more thing we have in common with Mars. This comet run-in was surprising to astronomers because the general thought was that impacts like these didn’t happen in the outer solar system this long after the formation of the solar system.

Forget the Moon—We Should Go to Jupiter’s Idyllic Europa

Forget the Moon—We Should Go to Jupiter’s Idyllic Europa

Jupiter's moon Europa is like the Brigadoon of the solar system: an idyllic moon with an ice-covered ocean that may hide some form of life, even though plans to send a spacecraft there keep receding farther and farther away into the Jovian mists.

A Drone, a $12,000 Lens, and the Magic of a Total Solar Eclipse

A Drone, a $12,000 Lens, and the Magic of a Total Solar Eclipse

Teams of scientists develop game plans for capturing data months or years in advance of each one—as do amateur astronomers, working to create their own stellar images or execute their own studies—and it all comes down to a few precious seconds under the Moon’s shadow.

The Blazing Science of This Year's Total Solar Eclipse

The Blazing Science of This Year's Total Solar Eclipse

“So the detailed observations of the middle corona that we make at eclipses will remain unique for the foreseeable future.” He adds that the new telescope also can’t generate wide-field views the way smaller telescopes can during eclipses—allowing for study of the farthest reaches of the coronal footprint—nor can it match the resolution of the instrumentation on the Solar and Heliospheric Observatory now in orbit around Earth.

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

NASA Will Send a Helicopter to Hunt for Life on Saturn's Biggest Moon

The Dragonfly mission will spend two years flying around the surface of Titan, studying the moon’s composition and searching for signs of life. On Wednesday, NASA announced it will send a spacecraft to the surface of Titan , Saturn’s largest moon and one of the leading candidates for finding extraterrestrial microbial life in our solar system.

What Could Possibly Be Cooler Than RoboBee? RoboBee X-Wing

What Could Possibly Be Cooler Than RoboBee? RoboBee X-Wing

Now, though, RoboBee becomes RoboBee X-Wing, as Harvard researchers have added solar cells and an extra pair of wings, freeing the robot to blast off to a galaxy far, far away.

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

How to Watch SpaceX's Falcon Heavy Launch a Solar Sail Tonight

The Planetary Society pressed on and a decade later launched the LightSail 1 into low Earth orbit. In 2010, the Japanese space agency launched IKAROS , which used solar sailing as its only form of propulsion on a mission to Venus and demonstrated that the technology actually worked for the first time.

A Tesla ‘Truckla,’ Robotic Pizza Delivery, and More Car News This Week

A Tesla ‘Truckla,’ Robotic Pizza Delivery, and More Car News This Week

This week, we learned how a dedicated DIY-er DIY-ed a Tesla pickup truck (a “Truckla ”), why a robotics company is suddenly very interested in pizza , and how you might top a 22,000-mile trip around the world on a solar-powered plane.

Space Photos of the Week: Saturn’s Rings Are Feelin’ Groovy

Space Photos of the Week: Saturn’s Rings Are Feelin’ Groovy

The sun sure has flare, but Saturn and its rings have elegance and class. This spinning wheel of debris eventually coalesces into planets, and bada bing, you have a solar system.

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