Colliding stars or alien solar sails? Detection rate of mysterious space signals doubles

The detection of incredibly powerful signals from deep in space has increased dramatically and the mysterious radio waves are now closer and brighter than ever before. The phenomena, known as ‘fast radio bursts’, have puzzled scientists since their discovery more than a decade ago and now Australian researchers have announced, in a study published in […]

Solar panels replaced tarmac on a motorway. Here are the results.

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 […]

Trump’s solar tariff isn’t hurting the industry as much as everyone expected

Enlarge / Solar panels, Ferrisburgh, Vermont, June 15, 2016. (credit: Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images) On Thursday, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) published a quarterly report that offered surprising results. Despite a 30-percent tariff on solar cells and modules imported to the US, solar installations only fell by about nine percent, year over year. At the […]

Carpeting Sahara with wind and solar farms could make it rain

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 […]

More solar power hurts nuclear energy. But it also hurts itself

SOME call it a zero-carbon schism, others a heresy. The researchers, policymakers and environmentalists united over the need to stop global warming are divided on how to go about it. Many believe that renewable energy, especially wind and solar, has by far the biggest role to play. A dogged few, however, cling to nuclear energy, […]

‘Gravity Falls’ Creator Lands a Netflix Deal, ‘Rick and Morty’ Creator Takes ‘Solar Opposites’ to Hulu

The roster of animated programming at Netflix and Hulu is about to expand in an exciting way. Gravity Falls creator Alex Hirsch has landed an overall multi-year deal at Netflix to exclusively develop new series and feature films for the streaming platform. Meanwhile, Rick and Morty creator and executive producer Justin Roiland is taking a new […]

NASA launches Parker Solar Probe in mission to ‘touch’ the Sun

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 has a ways to go before it’s conducting scientific studies. It’ll spend […]

NASA is about to ‘touch’ a star for the first time — here are the hellish conditions the Parker Solar Probe must survive

United Launch Alliance NASA‘s Parker Solar Probe successfully launched into space on Sunday, August 12 at 3:31 a.m. EDT. But to “touch” the sun and study its weather, the $ 1.5-billion mission must survive hellish conditions. Temperatures will reach a searing 2,500 degrees when the spacecraft zooms through the star’s atmosphere at 430,000 mph. Once […]

New Horizons probe may have detected Solar System’s hydrogen ‘wall’

Scientists have learned a bit about the edge of the Solar System from Voyager 1, but there hasn’t been a lot of corroborating data without follow-up spacecraft. They appear to be getting a second chance, though. NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft has detected what appears to be a “wall” at the edge of the Solar System […]