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New Solar Panel Design Could Charge Your Phone With Ambient Light

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Battery technology is still advancing at a sluggish rate in spite of intense research. The amount of energy you can carry around continues to limit what our mobile devices can do, and current methods of charging can only take us so far. A French solar power startup with the counterintuitive name of Dracula Technologies says it has developed a new type of solar panel that could be integrated into almost any device thanks to its ...

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Astronomers Discover Extra-Solar Object Zipping Through the Solar System

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Astronomers are always tracking asteroids and comets in space near Earth, and some of them are from unfathomably far away in the outer solar system. However, scientists may have spotted the first such object that’s from someplace even more distant–another solar system. The mysterious object known only as A/2017 U1 was spotted earlier this month, and the team believes it is extra-solar in origin. Scientists have been specifically looking for something like this for decades. ...

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Astronomers Discover Extra-Solar Object Zipping Through the Solar System

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Astronomers are always tracking asteroids and comets in space near Earth, and some of them are from unfathomably far away in the outer solar system. However, scientists may have spotted the first such object that’s from someplace even more distant–another solar system. The mysterious object known only as A/2017 U1 was spotted earlier this month, and the team believes it is extra-solar in origin. Scientists have been specifically looking for something like this for decades. ...

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Elon Musk Offers to Help Puerto Rico Rebuild With Solar Power

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Weeks after Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico remains in desperate straits. The island–which is an American territory and whose citizens are full citizens of the United States according to both Supreme Court rulings and acts of Congress–is still almost entirely without power. Virtually every aspect of disaster recovery, from medical treatment to home reconstruction, either requires or is made orders of magnitude easier by electricity. And Maria didn’t just wreck Puerto Rico’s generating stations; it destroyed ...

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15-year-old boy in San Juan raising funds for solar lamps

Relief supplies stuck at Puerto Rico port Ten days after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, 15-year-old Salvador Gomez Colon and his family are hunkered down in their apartment in San Juan, rationing food and water they stored before the storm hit. His mother Marta has been eating just one meal a day and small “tidbits” after that to ensure Salvador, his father, and his 80-year-old grandparents have enough to eat. Even though this family lives in a building with a generator running intermittently, the simplest things have become impossible. Without ...

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How Cassini Changed Our Understanding of Saturn and the Solar System

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. While many of us were stuck sitting behind a school bus in rush-hour traffic this morning, far away from us a much higher-speed spectacle took place. After thirteen years of sometimes bootstrapped and often surprising science, Cassini has reached the end of its mission, and NASA deorbited it into Saturn this morning at about 8AM EDT. Cassini launched on October 15, 1997, as Cassini-Huygens. Huygens, in this case, refers to the name of the probe’s ...

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Solar power deal will lower social tenants' energy bills

Solar panels are to be installed in 800,000 low-income homes across England and Wales over the next five years, as part of a new government scheme. The Dutch firm, Maas Capital is investing £160m in the project. The panels, which will be free to tenants, are expected to cut hundreds of pounds from energy bills, according to the UK firm Solarplicity. The first people to benefit from the scheme include residents of a sheltered retirement home in Ealing, west London. Speaking at the site, International Trade minister Greg Hands said: ...

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The August 21st Eclipse Will Be a Significant Test for Solar Power

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Renewable electricity could significantly offset the use of traditional coal or gas-fired power plants in the long term. But moving a meaningful percentage of our power use to a renewable source will require a degree of redesign. There are three broad issues that need to be addressed. First, the US electrical grid is meant to carry electricity to people, as opposed to absorbing electricity being generated by people. Second, the variable nature of solar and wind ...

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Google Launching Android O During Solar Eclipse, Will Probably Call It ‘Oreo’

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Google first revealed the existence of Android O earlier this year with the beginning of the developer preview. After four preview builds, it’s almost time for the final version to drop. Google has added a countdown timer to the Android O landing page, confirming that Android O’s release will coincide with the total solar eclipse in the US. Android O (version 8.0) is the follow-up to Android 7.0/7.1 Nougat, which was released last fall. The ...

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How to Safely View the August 21st Solar Eclipse

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. The US will be treated to a very rare total eclipse on August 21st, and people are still scrambling to make sure they’ll be able to experience this event. However, staring at the sun is a bad idea unless you’ve taken the proper precautions. No matter where you are in the US, the sun will be at least partially eclipsed, so there will be the temptation to look up. Here’s how you do that safely. ...

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