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Partial solar eclipse this weekend kicks off super year for eclipses     – CNET
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Later in the month, an oversized total lunar eclipse dubbed a “super blood wolf moon” will tint the moon red.

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NASA probe finds a snowman-shaped relic of the early Solar System
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NASA YV/YouTube After the New Horizons mission zoomed by the then-unknown Ultima Thule object in the outer Solar System early on New Year’s Day, the spacecraft began returning data to Earth via a deep-space network. Although only about 1 percent of that data is now on the ground, scientists were able to share some top-line […]

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Using molten salt to store electricity isn’t just for solar thermal plants
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How can we make wind a more versatile energy source? By adding storage. (credit: Germanborrillo) An energy storage startup that found its footing at Alphabet’s X “moonshot” division announced last week that it will receive $26 million in funding from a group of investors led by Breakthrough Energy Ventures, a fund that counts Jeff Bezos and […]

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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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