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
yesterday ~8 min

Tags:  space  astronomy  solar-system  nasa  asteroid  astrobiology  innovation-and-invention  bennu  near-earth-asteroids  sample-return-mission

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

Tags: evolution atmosphere moon earth sun magnetism magnetic-fields life-on-earth solar-winds

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

Tags: solar water research mechanical-engineering school-of-engineering j-wafs

What the world can learn from clean energy transitions in India, China and Brazil

Our research identified three key lessons.

Venkatesh Narayanamurti, Benjamin Peirce Professor of Technology and Public Policy, Harvard University • conversation
Oct. 2, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: china brazil solar-power india energy-transition biofuel ethanol clean-energy leds solar-photovoltaics

Devices reflect 99% of heat to up chance to turn it into power

New thermal photovoltaics reflect 99% of the energy they can't convert to electricity. They could help cut the price of storing renewable energy as heat.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan • futurity
Sept. 23, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: semiconductors solar-power temperature renewable-energy photovoltaics earth-and-environment

The four most promising worlds for alien life in the solar system

The clouds of Venus may harbour alien life. But where else?

Gareth Dorrian, Post Doctoral Research Fellow in Space Science, University of Birmingham • conversation
Sept. 18, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: solar-system life mars earth alien-life jupiter saturn venus titan cassini enceladus europa

Hints of life discovered on Venus

A UK-led team of astronomers has discovered a rare molecule – phosphine – in the clouds of Venus, pointing to the possibility of extra-terrestrial ‘aerial’

Cambridge University News • cambridge
Sept. 14, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: physics space astronomy solar-system planets


How a new solar and lighting technology could propel a renewable energy transformation

Halide perovskites are cheap, versatile and remarkably efficient as both solar cells and light emitters.

Sam Stranks, Lecturer in Energy and Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Cambridge • conversation
Sept. 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: chemistry energy solar-power interdisciplinarity climate-crisis solar-panels leds

How new solar and lighting technology could propel a renewable energy transformation

Halide perovskites are cheap, versatile and remarkably efficient as both solar cells and light emitters.

Sam Stranks, Lecturer in Energy and Royal Society University Research Fellow, University of Cambridge • conversation
Sept. 1, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: chemistry energy solar-power interdisciplinarity climate-crisis solar-panels leds

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