Neighbors’ solar panels can shift climate change beliefs

Adding more solar panels to a neighborhood can increase the number of people living there who believe that human action causes climate change.

Amerigo Allegretto-Pitt | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment beliefs climate-change neighborhoods renewable-energy social-lives

Quantum weirdness rewrites rules about heat in empty space

Upending a basic tenet of classical physics, researchers have found that heat energy can travel through a vacuum thanks to invisible quantum fluctuations.

Kara Manke-UC Berkeley | Jan. 8, 2020 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology energy heat quantum-physics vacuum

‘Detours’ might lead to better batteries

Defects could actually make batteries better, which could affect transportation, electronics, and solar power energy storage, researchers report.

Mike Williams-Rice | Dec. 31, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: featured science-and-technology batteries electronics solar-energy

How a few tweaks revived near-dead solar tech

Researchers had all but given up on emerging organic solar cell technology, but chemical tweaks brought them back from the brink. Here's how it worked.

Ben Brumfield-Georgia Tech | Dec. 30, 2019 | futurity
~6 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment science-and-technology materials-science renewable-energy solar-cells

Thin films could make solar panels better and cheaper

A new kind of semiconductor made from barium zirconium sulfide instead of silicon could pave the way for better solar panels, LEDs, and sensors.

Charlotte Hsu-Buffalo | Dec. 26, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology electronics led materials-science renewable-energy solar-cells

‘Two-faced’ solar cells generate a lot more power

If solar panels could gather sunlight from two sides instead of one, they could generate up to 20% more power, a new formula shows.

Kayla Wiles-Purdue | Dec. 19, 2019 | futurity
~5 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment electricity renewable-energy sunlight sustainability

Congress and climate news spark oil company ads

When climate change is in the news or a focus of Congress, oil companies spend more money on advertising, new research shows.

Jill Kimball-Brown | Dec. 17, 2019 | futurity
~4 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment advertising business climate-change energy government journalism money united-states

Upgrade makes perovskite solar cells last and last

A new way to produce perovskite solar cells using inorganic ingredients limits their defects and lets them last for months.

Mike Williams-Rice | Nov. 6, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology lead materials-science renewable-energy solar-cells

This school shape gives swimming fish an energy burst

Fish swimming in schools use less energy and move faster than those that swim alone. But school shape matters, too.

James Devitt-NYU | Nov. 4, 2019 | futurity
~3 mins   

Tags: science-and-technology energy fish speed swimming

Carbon capture might not be such a great idea

Carbon capture technologies could actually produce more carbon dioxide than they suck up. Focusing on renewables is a better solution, researchers say.

Taylor Kubota-Stanford | Oct. 28, 2019 | futurity
~8 mins   

Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide climate-change coal electricity renewable-energy sustainability

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