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Vesta has no moons – is it unlucky or did it eat them?

The second-heaviest asteroid in the solar system has no orbiting companions, even though hundreds of smaller asteroids do. Where did they go?

Hybrid Rooftop Solar + CHP + Storage Model Has Potential, Says GE

Originally published on RenewEconomy A project testing a combination of solar PV, combined heat and power systems and battery storage at a commercial facility in Germany could be adapted and scaled up elsewhere, according to General Electric, one of the project’s partners. Show More Summary

Could This Be the World’s Most Efficient Solar Electricity System?

Using military technology and a zero-emission engine invented by a 19th-century Scot, a Swedish firm is seeking to revolutionise solar energy production.

Comet 67P: Stonehenge In Space Found By Rosetta Spacecraft — ‘Balancing’ Rocks Baffle Scientists

A strange rock formation that’s being compared to Stonehenge here on Earth was discovered on Comet 67P, the rock hurtling through the solar system that since late last year has been continually explored and photographed by the Rosetta spacecraft. Show More Summary

Looking for Life In Our Soggy Solar System

Scientists are finding liquid water, the cornerstone for life as we know it, in surprising nooks and crannies of the solar system. Following Wednesday's news that there seem to be hydrothermal vents... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

13 things to do in Canberra this weekend (23 and 24 May 2015)

2 days agoAustralia / Canberra : RiotACT

This weekend’s highlights include a Tintin adventure night, a Raiders home game and a chance to explore the solar system at Mount Stromlo Observatory’s May public night. 1. Lurch & Chief at Transit Bar Melbourne stoner-swirl jam-psych band Lurch & Chief return to Canberra in support of their sophomore EP Breathe, which was written and recorded at [...]

How Dreams of My Father Help Me Cope With His Death

My father helped me with my third grade science project, carefully using Tonka Toys to adhere styrofoam "planets" when creating the solar system. He was there when I was in the Girl Scouts, standing alongside my mother as I went door to door selling cookies. Show More Summary

Belectric’s Energy Buffer Unit At The Alt Daber Solar Project Now Approved To Operate In Germany’s Grid-Balancing Frequency Response Market

Belectric’s 2,000 kWh (kilowatt-hour) containerized battery storage system (the Energy Buffer Unit) at the Alt Daber solar project in Brandenburg, Germany, has been green-lighted to begin operating in the country’s grid-balancing frequency response market, according to recent reports. Show More Summary

QUICK NEWS, May 20: HOT PLAYERS IN ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS MRKT; FLA MISSING OUT ON SOLAR OPPORTUNITY; SIEMENS TARGETS U.S., LATIN WIND MARKETS

HOT PLAYERS IN ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS MRKT Navigant Research Leaderboard Report: Energy Storage Systems Integrators Assessment of Strategy and Execution for 12 Energy Storage Systems Integrators 2Q 2015 (Navigant Research) “…One area of critical importance for the energy storage market is energy storage systems integration (ESSI). Show More Summary

The Plan to Hunt for Alien Life on the Most Promising Moon in the Solar System

Nestled within Saturn’s ring system, a tiny, pearly moon shines brighter than almost anything else in our solar system. If alien life is out there, that lonely snowball could be the first place we find it. “Everything that we measure...Show More Summary

Subway map of the solar system

This is a thumbnail version of a large, high-resolution image by Ulysse Carion. Thanks to Aleksey Shipilëv (@shipilev) for pointing it out. It’s hard to see in the thumbnail, but the map gives the change in velocity needed at each branch point. You can find the full 2239 x 2725 pixel image here or click on the […]

Morgan Stanley downgrades Origin and AGL due to Tesla Powerwall

Bank survey finds 50% of Australian households interested in purchasing sub-$10,000 battery system. Foresees market of 2.4m households with solar and batteries that will hit Origin and AGL earnings by $100m each.

Ep. 375: The Search For Life in the Solar System

With the discovery of water ice in so many locations in the Solar System, scientists are hopeful in the search for life on other worlds. Guest Morgan Rehnberg returns to Astronomy Cast to explain the best places we should be looking for life.

Here's When 'Destiny's' 'House of Wolves' Activates

VideoThe second expansion to Bungie and Activision's shared world shooter "Destiny" goes live today, and like  many Guardians all across the solar system, I've got a stash full of engrams itching to make their way to the Cryptarch for some quick upgrades to new endgame gear. "House of Wolves" goes [...]

Tripping the Light: Fantastic!

N.B. Scroll to the bottom for launch info. Tomorrow, if all goes well, The Planetary Society will test a new technology that could open up a new way to explore the solar system. On board a United Launch Alliance Atlas V is a tiny cubesat,...Show More Summary

UK to put space seeds in the hands of schoolkids

If we're ever to inhabit other planets in our solar system, we must first make sure that we can grow our own food in order to survive. While space scientists have been experimenting with this for decades, the UK Space Agency, with help...Show More Summary

SunPower Extending Commercial Reach Via Partnership With Stem To Offer Battery Systems

The noted solar energy company SunPower recently partnered with the battery systems and services provider Stem to begin offering behind-the-meter battery systems to commercial customers throughout the US. The partnership has been ongoing...Show More Summary

Could solar-powered modular floating farms be an answer to global food self-sufficiency?

The Smart Floating Farms (SFF) are designed as smart and fully automated systems that combine solar energy, hydroponics, and aquaculture. According to the architects, the commercially viable SFF project was envisioned with existing well-tested materials

Deadspin Phillies Fan Rips Home Run Ball Away From Old Lady | Gawker Housekeeper Says Family Acted S

4 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

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This Could Be the World's Most Efficient Solar System

5 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

A Swedish company claims that this small-scale concentrated solar energy system—which leans on ideas from a 19th-century Scottish clergyman—converts 34 percent of sunlight into electricity. That could make it the most efficient solar system in the world. Read more...

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