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Hyundai, Kia hope to add solar panel charging tech to cars in 2019     – Roadshow
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It will be the first of three different generations of solar-roof tech for the automakers’ future vehicles, electric or otherwise.

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The Battle for Solar Energy in the Country's Sunniest State
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Carolyn Kormann, writing for The New Yorker: Steyer [billionaire Tom Steyer, who for years has tried to pass Proposition 127, an amendment to Arizona’s constitution that would require power companies to generate fifty per cent of their electricity from renewable sources by 2030] and his coalition say that the problem is simple: A.P.S. (state’s largest […]

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Scientists discover bees stop buzzing during solar eclipses     – CNET
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They just stopped flying in the darkness.

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Solar panels replaced tarmac on a motorway. Here are the results.
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Enlarge / A road to nowhere? (credit: Robert B.D. Brice/Wattway) Four years ago a viral campaign wooed the world with a promise of fighting climate change and jump-starting the economy by replacing tarmac on the world’s roads with solar panels. The bold idea has undergone some road testing since then. The first results from preliminary […]

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Carpeting Sahara with wind and solar farms could make it rain
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Enlarge / “Whaaaaaaaat?” (credit: Lisa de Vreede) If you’ve spent any time thinking about the world’s dirty energy problem, you’ve probably pondered some impractical “What if?” scenarios. Solar panels in space beaming energy down, or covering Nevada in solar panels—that kind of thing. Well, a new study led by Yan Li, Eugenia Kalnay, and Safa […]

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NASA Parker Solar Probe launches on mission to high-five the sun     – CNET
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The probe will race closer to the sun than we’ve ever been before to learn more about the solar flares that disrupt our technology.

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NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in mission to 'touch' the Sun
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After a few delays, the Sun-chasing Parker Solar Probe is on its way. NASA launched the spacecraft aboard a ULA Delta IV Heavy rocket at 3:31AM Eastern this morning (August 12th) and confirmed that the vessel was healthy at 5:33AM. The probe still…

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NASA’s Parker Solar Probe launches tonight to ‘touch the sun’
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NASA’s ambitious mission to go closer to the Sun than ever before is set to launch in the small hours between Friday and Saturday — at 3:33 AM Eastern from Kennedy Space Center in Florida, to be precise. The Parker Solar Probe, after a handful of gravity assists and preliminary orbits, will enter a stable […]

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After 20 years of planning, ambitious Solar mission about to launch
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Enlarge / At NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, the Parker Solar Probe is lowered into the 40-foot-tall thermal vacuum chamber for testing. (credit: NASA) Six decades have passed since a University of Chicago physicist pondered why the tail of a comet, no matter the direction it traveled, always pointed away from the Sun. From this […]

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