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Wind power—even without the wind

Offshore wind could provide abundant electricity—but as with solar energy, this power supply can be intermittent and unpredictable. But a new approach from researchers at MIT could mitigate that problem, ...

Apr 26, 2013
4.3 / 5 (28) 18 | with audio podcast

Wind mission encounters 'SLAMS' waves

(Phys.org) —As Earth moves around the sun, it travels surrounded by a giant bubble created by its own magnetic fields, called the magnetosphere. As the magnetosphere plows through space, it sets up a standing ...

Apr 16, 2013
5 / 5 (7) 1 | with audio podcast

Heating the solar wind

(Phys.org) —The Sun glows with a surface temperature of about 5500 degrees Celsius. Meanwhile its hot outer layer (the corona) has a temperature of over a million degrees, and ejects a wind of charged particles ...

Apr 03, 2013
5 / 5 (3) 2 | with audio podcast

Snap-proof space tether

(Phys.org) —Space tethers hold intriguing potential for satellite manoeuvring, attitude control and even power generation. But about half of all orbital tether tests have either failed to deploy or snapped, ...

Apr 02, 2013
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