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Researchers Find a way to Make Solar Cells Less Material Intensive

February 16, 2010 / No Comments

The push on green technology has recently resulted in a number of advancements in the field of solar energy. A lot of work is being done to make them more efficient, robust, less intensive, and more cost efficient. Researchers at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, have found a way to make flexible solar cells with silicon wires.

Polymer Solar Cells Make Giant Jump in Efficiency

February 8, 2010 / No Comments

Currently, polymer solar cells are far behind the conventional silicon solar cells. However, as thrusts for green energy continue, the relative low cost of the polymer solar cells could play a big role, and the huge jumps these cells are making in terms of efficiency only makes things better for them. A recently developed nano-patterned array production technique showed researchers ...

Researchers Manage to Grow Solar Cells on Plants

January 29, 2010 / No Comments

Tobacco plants are probably looking at greener credentials, and a product far more enticing than cigarettes. Researchers at UC Berkeley have succeeded in making the plant grow synthetic photovoltaic cells. These cells can then be extracted from the plants and be put to the job of solar cells.

Treating Malaria May Soon Become Easier Thanks to High-Yielding Wormwood

January 18, 2010 / No Comments

[caption id="attachment_7619" align="alignnone" width="500" caption="Malaria mosquito"][/caption] Malaria is one of the currently most actively fought diseases in the world. The trick is to actually get to the afflicted patient before the disease starts becoming active, and that's what scientists have been trying to figure out for a while now.

NASA Launches Ares I-X Test Rocket

October 28, 2009 / No Comments

NASA's Ares I-X test rocket lifted off at 11:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. All told, the flight test lasted about six minutes: the launch from the newly modified Launch Pad 39B, a two-minute powered flight, and then a splashdown of the rocket's booster stage nearly 150 miles downrange.

NASA Ready to Test New Ares I-X Rocket (Video)

October 22, 2009 / 1 Comment

NASA's  new Ares I-X  test rocket is on the launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, in preparation for its debut launch scheduled for October 27. The Ares I-X  is a prototype for the Ares 1 rocket NASA plans to use to launch its shuttle successor, the Orion spacecraft. The flight test will provide NASA with an opportunity to ...

Tips for Watching the Orionid Meteor Shower

October 20, 2009 / No Comments

Want to see the Orionid meteor shower? Here's what you need to know:

How Many Helium Balloons Does It Take To Lift a Human Off the Ground?

October 15, 2009 / No Comments

The bizarre story of a Colorado family's runaway balloon aircraft this afternoon got me to thinking: How many helium-filled balloons are required to lift a human off the ground?

Dyson Introduces New Bladeless Fan

October 12, 2009 / 1 Comment

Can a fan still cool you if it doesn’t have blades? Apparently so, if it’s the new Dyson Air Multiplier ™ fan pictured above. Dyson, a company well-known for advancing vacuum cleaner technology, has now developed a new generation of innovative bladeless fans. These fans use the simple principles of fluid dynamics --without the traditional fan blades --to multiply air flow 15 ...

Video: NASA to Bomb the Moon Tomorrow

October 8, 2009 / No Comments

Ever wonder if there is water on the moon? NASA does. In fact, NASA is so curious that it's going to "bomb" the moon tomorrow morning in hopes of creating a debris cloud that can be analyzed for water content.