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Hubble Spots Water Plumes on Europa

The geysers could make it easier to search for life under the ice.<p><b>Geysers spew water from the tiger-striped south pole of Jupiter's ice-covered moon Europa, suggest observations from NASA's Hubble space telescope.</b><p><b>If the existence of the plumes can be confirmed, they will perhaps allow future space</b> …

Sun Straight Up Exploding All the Time This Weekend

Our local star was active all weekend long, producing three of the most intense solar flares possible in two days.<p>The sun is currently at the peak of …

The future of energy: Clear or cloudy?

We can plan our future on current trends, or expect the inevitable revolution.<p>GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN—We know the future of energy usage that we want: a …

CNET on Twitter: "Invisible parts of the sun revealed in this NASA video http://t.co/kLz48aQqtb http://t.co/7j85Wm10nw"

Syria top priority for Red Cross in 2014 despite limited access

GENEVA (Reuters) - Desperate civilians in a swathe of Syria from Aleppo in the north to the southern border are largely out of reach of aid workers, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Thursday.<p>Syrian workers moves boxes of apples, delivered by the International Committee of …

Chemical experts eye port to load Syria toxins onto U.S. ship

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United Nations and the global chemical weapons watchdog are awaiting approval from a country to use its port to load Syria’s most deadly chemicals onto a U.S. ship for destruction offshore, the head of the mission said on Wednesday.<p>A United Nations (U.N.) vehicle …

WADI: solar-powered water disinfecting device could save 400,000 lives a year

Water is life – without a source of clean water for drinking and cooking, humans become very sick and often die. In wealthy countries, clean drinking …

Solar Power Could Be A Total Game-changer — But They Still Need To Figure Out One Thing

It's very easy to hype solar, which we've been doing for much of the year.<p>Capacity is irrefutably going up, and prices are collapsing.<p>However, the absolute <i>capacity</i> figures remain relatively low compared with conventional generation. And in most cases, even large-scale solar is still not cost …

Clean Energy

Have We All Been Installing Solar Panels the Wrong Way?

Installing solar panels seems pretty straightforward – just aim them south so they get lots of sun all day. But researchers are finding that we may …

Are Those Solar Panels Facing the Wrong Direction?

Conventional wisdom says that if you put solar panels on your roof in the Northern Hemisphere, you should point them within 30 degrees of true south to generate the most energy in the course of a year. But a new study by Pecan Street Research Institute, an Austin, Texas-based research and …

Solar-Powered OnBeat Headphones Charge Your Phone as You Listen to Music

Listening to music can be a drain on your smartphone or iPod battery, and stopping to charge up restricts your mobility. But with the OnBeat solar …

Tiny Solar-Powered GPS Device Lets You Track Everything

Imagine a world in which everything you care about could be tracked. You'd never misplace your shoes, keys and bags, or lose track of your loved ones.<p>…

Pay-as-You-Go Solar Panels Offer African Communities a Cheaper Energy Alternative

Kerosene is the fuel of choice for families living off the grid in sub-Saharan Africa – however it inflicts a heavy toll on people’s health and costs …

Researchers Build Nano Solar Cells 1,000 Times More Powerful than Conventional PVs

As global warming and climate change escalate, the push to develop better, more efficient solar energy technology has never been more urgent, and now …

Japan Wants To Turn The Moon Into A Giant Power Plant

Shimizu Corporation, a Japanese architecture and engineering firm, has a plan to effectively turn the moon into a giant solar power plant, reports Inhabitat.<p>It proposes building a massive collection of solar panels (a "Luna Ring") 6,800 miles long by 12 miles wide on the moon's surface. That's …

Renewable Energy

Solar-Powered, Spinach-Growing Mars Greenhouse Wins NASA's International Space Apps Challenge

With the landing of the Mars Rover, many feel we’re closer than ever to establishing the first Mars colony – but there’s still the question of how to …

Voltac Launches BOGO Solar Charger Campaign to Help the Philippines

Voltaic Systems, manufacturer of solar chargers for smartphones, laptops and other electronic equipment, just launched a BOGO (Buy One Give One) …

US Utilities Fear Obsolescence as Off-Grid Solar Power Rises

<i>Photo via Shutterstock</i><p>There’s a common belief that even as solar power takes off, utility companies will retain their hold on energy markets as the …

Solar Tent Charges Your Gadgets in the Wild

Looking to venture into great outdoors but not quite ready to go on a total tech detox? The Katabatic solar-powered tent might be the camping product …

Stella is the World's First Solar-Powered Family Car!

The Netherlands’ Solar Team Eindhoven just unveiled Stella, the world’s first solar-powered family car! The team comprises a group of 22 students who …

Punk Rock Branding: How Bruce Pavitt Built Sub Pop In An Anti-Corporate Nirvana

The man who helped introduce the world to Nirvana shares stories from the band’s first European tour–a pivotal eight days for Kurt Cobain, Sub Pop records, and rock ‘n’ roll as we know it.<p>It’s 1990. Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman are in New York City visiting Sony Records, the biggest label in …

Solar Panels and Hackers: The West Gangs Up on China

The world has started to gang up on China. America's Defense Department published a report as part of its Annual Report to Congress. In "Military and …

Sun-powered plane completes California test flight

1 / 8<p>The Solar Impulse is seen after landing from a test flight at Moffett Field NASA Ames Research Center in Mountain View, Calif., Friday, April …

DIY Solar Thermal Panel Made with 275 Aluminum Cans Takes a Seattle Home Office Off-Grid

When Peter Rowan left corporate life to pursue a career writing fiction and teaching, he needed a little office in which to work. So he decided to …

It Keeps Getting Cheaper To Install Solar Panels In The U.S.

Americans who want to install solar panels on their houses are having to pay less than ever before, a new report has found.<p>The installed prices for …

Sun fires solar storm directly toward Earth -- at 2 million mph

The sun unleashed a powerful storm early Tuesday morning, sending an enormous cloud of superheated particles rocketing toward Earth.<p>The solar eruption, known as a coronal mass ejection (CME), occurred at 4:24 a.m. EDT Tuesday and blasted billions of tons of solar particles toward Earth at a …

Battle brewing over future of rooftop solar in Colorado

Solar arrays are rapidly covering Colorado rooftops, but a battle over their future is looming at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.<p>Xcel …