Solar panels capture more sunlight with capsaicin - the chemical that makes chili peppers spicy

Chemicals found in food and solar cell technology have an interesting history – as my own research shows.

Jon Major, Research Fellow, Stephenson Institute for Renewable Energy, University of Liverpool • conversation
Jan. 13, 2021 ~6 min

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Why I'm feeling hopeful about the environment in 2021

The BBC's Tom Heap explores exciting emissions-saving ideas that could help save the planet.

Jan. 4, 2021 ~6 min

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What you need to know about this year's winter solstice and the great conjunction

This year's winter solstice is also when Saturn and Jupiter appear closest to each other for 60 years, Here's what you need to know about both the events.

William Teets, Acting Director and Astronomer, Dyer Observatory, Vanderbilt University • conversation
Dec. 18, 2020 ~5 min

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New way to make perovskite solar cells is super fast

A new method of making perovskite cells for solar modules could be cheap and fast enough to make it scalable, researchers say.

Mark Shwartz-Stanford • futurity
Dec. 1, 2020 ~8 min

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Solar power stations in space could be the answer to our energy needs

How solar power stations in orbit could become a reality in the coming decades.

Stefania Soldini, Lecturer in Aerospace Engineering, University of Liverpool • conversation
Nov. 19, 2020 ~6 min

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System can sterilize medical tools using solar heat

Device could provide pressurized steam to run autoclaves without the need for electricity in off-grid areas.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Nov. 18, 2020 ~7 min

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Asteroid Bennu: successful touchdown – but sample return mission has only just begun

Bennu will tell us about our own origins as much as about the origin of asteroid Bennu.

Monica Grady, Professor of Planetary and Space Sciences, The Open University • conversation
Oct. 21, 2020 ~7 min

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NASA's OSIRIS-REx will land on an asteroid to bring home rocks and dust – if it can avoid Mt. Doom

OSIRIS-REx will touch down on asteroid Bennu, collect a sample of the dust and begin its journey back to Earth, where scientists will study it, hoping to learn secrets of the solar system's origin.

Elizabeth Cantwell, Professor of Practice for Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering and Senior Vice President for Research & Innovation, University of Arizona • conversation
Oct. 19, 2020 ~8 min

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Life on Earth: why we may have the Moon's now defunct magnetic field to thank for it

The Earth's magnetic field was most likely weaker when life evolved on our planet than it is today.

Jon Mound, Associate Professor of Geophysics, University of Leeds • conversation
Oct. 15, 2020 ~5 min

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Solar-powered system extracts drinkable water from “dry” air

MIT engineers have made their initial design more practical, efficient, and scalable.

David L. Chandler | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 14, 2020 ~7 min

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