'Hot Jupiters' provoke their own host suns to wobble
Blame the "hot Jupiters." These large, gaseous exoplanets (planets outside our solar system) can make their suns wobble when they wend their way through their own solar systems to snuggle up against their ...
Astronomers pinpoint 'Venus Zone' around stars
San Francisco State University astronomer Stephen Kane and a team of researchers presented today the definition of a "Venus Zone," the area around a star in which a planet is likely to exhibit the unlivable ...
Researchers discover new clues to determining the solar cycle
Approximately every 11 years, the sun undergoes a complete personality change from quiet and calm to violently active. The height of the sun's activity, known as solar maximum, is a time of numerous sunspots, ...
Detecting neutrinos, physicists look into the heart of the Sun
Using one of the most sensitive neutrino detectors on the planet, an international team of physicists including Andrea Pocar, Laura Cadonati and doctoral student Keith Otis at the University of Massachusetts ...
Scientists craft atomically seamless, thinnest-possible semiconductor junctions
Scientists have developed what they believe is the thinnest-possible semiconductor, a new class of nanoscale materials made in sheets only three atoms thick.
Superabsorbing ring could make light work of snaps
A quantum effect in which excited atoms team up to emit an enhanced pulse of light can be turned on its head to create 'superabsorbing' systems to make the 'ultimate camera pixel'.
Meteorite study indicates volcanic activity on early small asteroids
Recycling old batteries into solar cells
This could be a classic win-win solution: A system proposed by researchers at MIT recycles materials from discarded car batteries—a potential source of lead pollution—into new, long-lasting solar panels ...
LEDs made from 'wonder material' perovskite
(Phys.org) —Colourful LEDs made from a material known as perovskite could lead to LED displays which are both cheaper and easier to manufacture in future.
Scientists develop pioneering new spray-on solar cells
(Phys.org) —A team of scientists at the University of Sheffield are the first to fabricate perovskite solar cells using a spray-painting process – a discovery that could help cut the cost of solar electricity.
Researchers develop treated surfaces that can actively control how fluids or particles move (w/ Video)
Researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia have developed a new way of making surfaces that can actively control how fluids or particles move across them. The work might enable new kinds of biomedical or microfluidic ...
Self-cooling solar cells boost power, last longer
Scientists may have overcome one of the major hurdles in developing high-efficiency, long-lasting solar cells—keeping them cool, even in the blistering heat of the noonday Sun.
Material generates steam under solar illumination
A new material structure developed at MIT generates steam by soaking up the sun.
Deep within spinach leaves, vibrations enhance efficiency of photosynthesis
Biophysics researchers at the University of Michigan have used short pulses of light to peer into the mechanics of photosynthesis and illuminate the role that molecule vibrations play in the energy conversion ...