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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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Tesla To Close a Dozen Solar Facilities In 9 States
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An anonymous reader quotes a report from CNBC: Electric car maker Tesla’s move last week to cut 9 percent of its workforce will sharply downsize the residential solar business it bought two years ago in a controversial $2.6 billion deal, according to three internal company documents and seven current and former Tesla solar employees. The […]

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SoftBank Group and Saudi Arabia plan to spend $200 billion building the world’s biggest solar power plant
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SoftBank Group Corp., known for splashy deals involving billions of dollars (see: its Vision Fund and investments in Uber and Didi), has signed a memorandum of understanding with Saudi Arabia to build a $200 billion solar power plant. Expected to reach its full capacity of 200 gigawatts by 2030, the development will be the largest […]

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