Solar wind flows in ‘switchbacks and spikes’

The Parker Solar Probe data clarifies the sun's magnetic activity—and may bolster our ability to predict dangerous solar wind events, researchers say.

Jim Lynch-Michigan • futurity
May 1, 2020 ~7 min

Tags: space nasa sun science-and-technology solar-wind

Ship emissions can change the clouds

Ship emissions make the clouds near their routes brighter, researchers say. The clouds can reflect the sun and keep the Earth cooler.

Hannah Hickey-UW • futurity
April 7, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: climate-change pollution emissions oceans sun clouds earth-and-environment ships

Some people’s skin makes natural sunscreen

Certain genes tied to vitamin D production can act like an natural kind of sunscreen, researchers report.

U. Queensland • futurity
April 3, 2020 ~2 min

Tags: vitamin-d skin sun health-and-medicine

Solar storms can mess up gray whales’ sense of direction

Gray whales use Earth's magnetic field like a GPS to navigate their migrations, but cosmic bursts of radio static may throw them off.

Karl Bates-Duke • futurity
Feb. 24, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: storms sun whales science-and-technology magnetic-fields

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 • futurity
Feb. 3, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: space meteorites sun science-and-technology

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 • futurity
Jan. 30, 2020 ~3 min

Tags: renewable-energy sun earth-and-environment solar-energy

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 • futurity
Jan. 29, 2020 ~4 min

Tags: space storms weather sun featured science-and-technology magnetic-fields

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 • futurity
Dec. 31, 2019 ~5 min

Tags: space planets gravity sun comets science-and-technology

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 • futurity
Dec. 9, 2019 ~7 min

Tags: space nasa sun stars wind featured science-and-technology magnetic-fields

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 • futurity
Nov. 18, 2019 ~4 min

Tags: dna cancer skin-cancer genomes sun health-and-medicine

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