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IKEA Getting Missouri’s Largest Rooftop Solar Power Plant

Originally published on Kompulsa. IKEA is continuing its path to 100% renewable energy by installing solar panels on the upcoming St. Louis store in Missouri, which opens on September 30, 2015. The system will consist of 4,085 solarShow More Summary


Efficient Design of Net Metering Agreements in Hawaii and Beyond Coffman, et. al., July 20, 2015 (University of Hawaii) Introduction In Hawaii, like most U.S. states, households installing rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems receive special pricing under net-metering agreements. Show More Summary

NASA's Virtual Planetary Laboratory --A New "Systems" Approach to the Search for Alien Life

Since 2001 the NASA Astrobiology Institute’s Virtual Planetary Laboratory, based at the University of Washington, has brought an interdisciplinary approach to the study of planets and search for life outside our solar system. The NASA initiative inspired by the UW...

Compare All The Objects Of The Solar System

yesterdayGenres / Sci Fi : io9

Yesterday, we looked at an interactive infographic on the relative orbits of everything in the solar system. Today, let’s compare the planets to one another. This site shows us how all of the solar system’s planets (and Pluto) stack up. Read more...

Check Out How The Solar System Moves In This Interactive Map

2 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

This is pretty awesome: an interactive map of the solar system that lets you see how the major objects in our solar system move around the sun. Click and drag to see where everything will be relative to one another at any given date. Read more...

Butterfly Flaps Its Wings, Sparks Solar Energy Breakthrough

Here's a new twist on the "butterfly effect" leading to more lightweight, compact concentrated systems for solar energy harvesting -- instead of hurricanes Butterfly Flaps Its Wings, Sparks Solar Energy Breakthrough was originally published on CleanTechnica. To read more from CleanTechnica, join over 50,000 other subscribers: Google+ | Email | Facebook | RSS | Twitter.

"A Universe of Planets" --A Short History of NASA's Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System

Geoff Marcy remembers the hair standing up on the back of his neck. Paul Butler remembers being dead tired. The two men had just made history: the first confirmation of a planet orbiting another star. The groundbreaking discovery had been...

This Unusually Dusty Comet is Spewing Mysterious Chunks of Debris

3 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

A new comet is currently making its inaugural trip to the inner Solar System from the Oort cloud where it likely originated. New images show a tremendous amount of dust streaming away from it, along with strange blobs that have attracted the attention of astronomers. Read more...

Spitzer Space Telescope confirms nearest rocky planet

3 days agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has confirmed the presence of the closest rocky planet to the Solar System. Orbiting a visible main-sequence star 21 light years away in the constellation of Cassiopeia, HD 219134b is larger than EarthShow More Summary

What’s Really Inside The Senate’s New Bill To ‘Modernize’ The Energy System

Hint: a lot of fossil fuels, lifting the crude oil export ban, and no wind or solar. The post What’s Really Inside The Senate’s New Bill To ‘Modernize’ The Energy System appeared first on ThinkProgress.

NASA just found the closest super-Earth ever

3 days agoHealth : The Checkup

A newly discovered planet called HD 219134b isn't quite what we'd call Earth-like. But like Earth, it's a rocky planet -- and it's the closest planet of that type we've ever spotted outside of our own solar system.Read full article ...

Let's Talk About NASA's Mission to Europa

4 days agoGenres / Sci Fi : io9

The search for life in the Solar System is about the hunt for water. Wherever we find liquid water on Earth, we find life. I’m talking everywhere. In the most briny, salty pools in Antarctica, in the hottest hot springs in Yellowstone, under glaciers, and kilometers deep underground. Read more...

"Failed Stars" Host Stunningly Bright Auroras

Astronomers have spotted the first aurora ever in an object beyond our Solar System and it’s not coming from a planet, but from a “failed star”.

NASA: "The Rosetta Stone for Super-Earths?"

Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have confirmed the discovery of the nearest rocky planet outside our solar system, larger than Earth and a potential gold mine of science data. Dubbed HD 219134b, this exoplanet, which orbits too close to...

NASA scientist: ‘It’s bulls–t’ that Pluto isn’t a planet anymore

People get very, very emotional about Pluto being designated as a mere “dwarf planet” and not a proper planet like the other eight that inhabit our solar system. Tech Insider has scored an interview with Alan Stern, the head scientist...Show More Summary

How to do Milky Way Photography – A Comprehensive Tutorial

You’re spinning through our solar system on a gorgeous blue marble which offers jaw dropping views of an astronomical phenomenon we call The Milky Way. Wait for our marble to line up just right, and you’ll have a perfect opportunity to create awe inspiring images that harness that galactic chandelier hovering over your head. Show More Summary

An Article in the New York Law Journal on Asteroid Mining Legalities

Over the last two years, U.S. business and policy makers have focused afresh on the commercial possibilities of the asteroids—the solar system's minor planetary objects. Most of these are located between Mars and Jupiter, while some are closer to Earth. Show More Summary

Brown dwarf's fiery aurora is out of this world...and solar system

Astronomers have spied an aurora beyond our solar system for the first time, lighting up the pole of a failed star that's cool in multiple ways.

Outer space aurora puts Northern Lights to shame

5 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

The first one spied outside our solar system, the powerful aurora is 10,000 times brighter than any seen before

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