Chunk of space rock may hold grains from before the sun’s birth

There's surpising new evidence of "presolar grains," tiny bits of material from before the sun existed, in a meteorite chunk called Curious Marie.

Talia Ogliore-WUSTL | Feb. 3, 2020 | futurity
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Tags: science-and-technology meteorites space sun

Special solar panels could work when the sun goes down

What if solar panels could generate power when there's no sunlight? It could be possible with the right solar cell, reasearchers say.

Andy Fell-UC Davis | Jan. 30, 2020 | futurity
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Tags: earth-and-environment renewable-energy solar-energy sun

Space ‘super-storms’ may be more common than we thought

"Don't be misled by the stats, it can happen any time, we simply don't know when and right now we can't predict when."

U. Oregon | Jan. 29, 2020 | futurity
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Tags: featured science-and-technology magnetic-fields space storms sun weather

Fake photosynthesis turns CO2 into ‘green methane’

An artificial photosynthesis panel could use sunlight and water to convert carbon dioxide from smokestacks into usable "green methane."

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan | Jan. 13, 2020 | futurity
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Tags: earth-and-environment carbon-dioxide methane nanotechnology photosynthesis sunlight

Our solar system may have captured ‘alien’ comets

"...there could be anywhere from a few hundred to hundreds of thousands of these alien comets orbiting the sun."

U. Zurich | Dec. 31, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: science-and-technology comets gravity planets space sun

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

NASA’s Parker probe reveals new solar oddities

The first observations from NASA's Parker Solar Probe "will fundamentally change our understanding of the sun," researchers say.

Nicole Casal Moore-Michigan | Dec. 9, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: featured science-and-technology magnetic-fields nasa space stars sun wind

Genome ‘hyperhotspots’ are 170X more sensitive to UV rays

Ultra-sensitive hotspots in the human genome are like "bullseyes" for UV radiation in sunlight, but that could help people at higher risk of skin cancer.

Yale | Nov. 18, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: health-and-medicine cancer dna genomes skin-cancer sun

Flamenco-dancing molecule may lead to better sunscreen

A molecule that disperses UV light with a superfast twist similar to flamenco dancers' hand movements could lead to a more protective sunscreen.

Peter Dunn-Warwick | Oct. 18, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: health-and-medicine melanoma skin skin-cancer sunscreen uv-rays

How an eclipse proved Einstein’s theory of relativity

A new book tells the story of astronomers racing to prove Einstein's theory of general relativity correct with a solar eclipse.

Kevin Stacey-Brown | Sept. 30, 2019 | futurity
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Tags: featured science-and-technology albert-einstein history light sun theory-of-relativity

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