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Origami expert, NASA researchers fold solar arrays for space

NASA has joined forces with an origami expert to meld art and technology in the creation of foldable solar structures that could one day go into space.

By August 15, 2014

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Solar storm almost fried Earth's electronics two years ago?

A fascinating NASA presentation suggests that in July 2012 Earth was one week away from being struck by a massive solar storm that would have had devastating effects. Can this be?

By July 26, 2014

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NASA's Voyager I hit by third solar 'tsunami'

After traveling for 37 years, Voyager I is recording pulses from the sun that confirm it has entered a different region near the edge of the solar system called interstellar space.

By July 8, 2014

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Pink Floyd to Pandora: Shut up, you crazy cubic zirconium

In an open letter to Pandora, three members of the rock band decry the notion that they (or anyone) should accept an 85 percent reduction in royalties.

By June 24, 2013

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New nano-dots could mean cheap, paint-on solar cells

They're too tiny to see, but a new form of light-sensitive nanoparticles could flood the world with solar power.

By June 10, 2014

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Solar Impulse 2 successfully completes maiden voyage

Using only the power of the sun's rays, the souped up lightweight aircraft climbs to nearly 6,000 feet and stays aloft for more than two hours.

By June 2, 2014

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Solar road could change how we power the world

The Solar Roadway hopes to use the large, flat areas provided by roads to generate solar power, decreasing the reliance on fossil fuel energy.

By May 13, 2014

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Canada mints new Superman coins

The Royal Canadian Mint pays tribute to the Man of Steel with limited-edition commemorative coins made of silver and gold...not Kryptonite.

By September 6, 2014

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Google buys solar-powered drone company Titan Aerospace

Just a month after word came that Facebook was interested in the 20-person drone maker, Google snatches it up for an undisclosed sum.

By April 14, 2014

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Solar Impulse 2 aims for round-the-world flight

The aircraft's lengthy wings are outfitted with 17,000 solar cells that will power it during a trip around the world next year.

By April 9, 2014