How Ukrainians Saved Their Capital

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Secret to treating 'Achilles' heel' of alternatives to silicon solar panels revealed

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Secret to treating 'Achilles' heel' of alternatives to silicon Solar panels revealed by Staff Writers Cambridge UK (SPX) May 25, 2022 stock image only A team of researchers from the UK and Japan has found that the tiny defects which limit the efficiency of perovskites - cheaper alternative materials for Solar cells - are also responsible for structural changes in the material that lead to degradation. The researchers used a combination of techniques to mimic the process of aging under sunlight and observe changes in the materials at the nanoscale, helping them gain new insights into the materials, which also show potential for optoelectronic appli ...

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7 Tips For Using Tech to Support Your Well-Being Through Rewilding

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EU to map out escape route from Russian fossil fuels - Reuters.com

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A 3D printed Natural Gas Pipes are placed on displayed EU and Russian flags in this illustration taken, January 31, 2022. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/File Photo Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com BRUSSELS, May 18 (Reuters) - The European Commission will on Wednesday unveil a 210 billion euro plan for how Europe can end its reliance on Russian fossil fuels by 2027, and use the pivot away from Moscow to quicken its shift to green energy. The invasion of Ukraine by Russia, Europe's top gas supplier, has prompted the European Union to rethink its energy policies amid sharpened concerns of supply shocks. Russia supplies 40% of the bloc's gas and 27% of its imported oil, and EU co ...

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Incredible photos of the recent lunar eclipse as seen from the International Space Station

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On Monday, a lunar eclipse was visible across much of the globe, including North and South America and parts of Europe and Africa. The full lunar eclipse is also called a 'blood moon' because it gives the moon a reddish tint. It's a spectacular sight from Earth. It's also an incredible view from space. Samantha Cristoforetti, an Italian astronaut for the European Space Agency, is currently aboard the International Space Station for her second mission, Minerva. She has been in space since April 27 after launching aboard the new SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule Freedom. Cristoforetti shared some of her photos of the lunar eclipse on Twitter. Happy Monday from space! Were you lucky enough ...

Solar heat likely the primary cause of dust storms on Mars

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A team of scientists, including Dr. German Martinez from the Universities Space Research Association at LPI, just published a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. This study indicates there are seasonal energy imbalances in the amount of solar energy absorbed and released by Mars which is a likely cause of dust storms, and could play an important role in understanding the climate and atmosphere of the red planet. The radiant energy budget (a term referring to the measurement of solar energy a planet takes in from the sun then releases as heat) of a planet is a fundamental metric. Based on observations from multiple missions, a team of scientists provided a global ...

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A 62-minute orbital period black widow binary in a wide hierarchical triple

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Abstract Over a dozen millisecond pulsars are ablating low-mass companions in close binary systems. In the original ‘black widow’, the eight-hour orbital period eclipsing pulsar PSR J1959+2048 (PSR B1957+20) 1 , high-energy emission originating from the pulsar 2 is irradiating and may eventually destroy 3 a low-mass companion. These systems are not only physical laboratories that reveal the interesting results of exposing a close companion star to the relativistic energy output of a pulsar, but are also believed to harbour some of the most massive neutron stars 4 , allowing for robust tests of the neutron star equation of state. Here we report observations of ZTF J1406+1222, a ...

New light on organic solar cells

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Efficient and environmentally friendly Solar cells are required for a transition to a fossil-free energy supply. Researchers at Linkoping University have mapped how energy flows in organic Solar cells, something that previously had been unknown. The results, which can contribute to more efficient Solar cells, are published in Nature Communications. "To enable the full potential of organic solar cells to be exploited, there is a need for a clear picture of how they work. We have now obtained that picture. This provides a better understanding of how to create new efficient and sustainable solar cell materials," says Mats Fahlman, a professor at the Laboratory of Organic Electronics at Li ...

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Sony wants its business to be carbon neutral and using 100% renewable energy by 2030

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Sony has announced an acceleration of its carbon neutrality goal, bringing its goal of carbon neutrality throughout its entire value chain forward by ten years from 2050 to 2040. As a member of the RE100 initiative, Sony’s other goal is to achieve 100% of its power from renewable energy, becoming carbon neutral in its own operations. This is also being sped up by a decade, bringing the date forward from 2040 to 2030. This isn’t a new effort and Sony says they’ve been pursuing environmental principles of responsibility and contribution since the early 1990s. In 2010, the company announced “Road to Zero”, a long-term plan to achieve carbon neutrality throughout Sony’s entire ...

Namibia comes to Europe to sell its sunshine

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As Europe struggles to decarbonise its economy and wean itself off Russian oil and gas, one of the world's sunniest and most arid nations is pitching itself to the continent as an answer to its problems. A delegation from sub-Saharan Africa's driest country has been touring Europe to tout their nation as a potential powerhouse of clean energy. They say Namibia can produce so much Solar power it will soon be self-sufficient in electricity -- and, by the end of the decade, could become an exporter of so-called green hydrogen. "We came to Europe saying we have this amazing sun," said James Mnyupe, economic adviser to the Namibian presidency. He was in Rotterdam earlier this month for the ...

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