Archive for the ‘Solar’ Category

Circle around the sun

Circle round the sun“, to quote an old Poi Dog Pondering song, “turn, turn, turn“. What a great song! Anyway, I’ve always been fascinated by solar flares and shockwaves.

So today’s article, “For the first time, scientists capture a shockwave bursting from the sun” by Christian Cotroneo over at Mother News Network was a great read. Especially on a day like today, where the sun was nowhere to be found except in a gorgeous sunset.



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On the rocks

As someone who has always been interested in solar power, I found it interesting that mother nature in her own way, is yet again one step ahead of us. This article is entitled “Vast Expanses of Rock on Earth’s Surface May Act Like a Natural Solar Panel” by Yasemin Saplakoglu over at Live Science. Just another enlightening idea, courtesy of mother nature.



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I’m leaving on a solar plane

Okay, I’m not leaving on a solar, or jet plane for that matter, but I’ve always liked the song. Anyway, according to Jess Zimmerman over at the Grist, the Solar Impulse is an all-solar plane that’s flying from Phoenix to Washington, D.C. this year and it turns out that it’s making a stop in St. Louis around late May or Early June.

I’m definitely planning on taking my kids up there to see it. If you can’t make it or it’s not making a stop in your town, then the next best thing to do would be to read Jess Zimmerman’s article entitled “Watch a Solar Plane Fly Across America“. Along with the article is a live map.

Up, up and away!


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Hot! Hot! Hot!

So it looks like the sun’s getting a little excited for summer as well as this article “NASA Sees Giant Solar Wave Erupt from the Sun (Video)” talks about over at Yahoo! via

I also wanted to include another article and while not on the Sun, but rather the Earth, talks about a fact found in Bob Berman’s book, “The Sun’s Heartbeat and Other Stories from the Life of the Star that Powers Our Planet” on how the sun actually has an inner core.

This article talks about the inner core of the Earth and is entitled “Earth’s Core 1,000 Degrees Hotter than Expected” by Elizabeth Howell at LiveScience.


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As the sun was setting

Towards the end of the day, I found a couple more articles that I thought I would share, along with a couple more from a while ago.

First up, these two articles show how some cities are beginning to get into the action. They are “California Cities Help Finance Residential Solar Power” by Sea Stachura at Green Daily and ” Innovative Solar Power Feed-it Tariff Program Approved in Gainesville, Fla.” by Matthew McDermott at Treehugger.

This one also talks along the same line as yesterday’s post in looking at the cost of solar power. It’s entitled ” Are You Solar-Ready? Solar Red’s Disruptive Solar PV Technology Can Halve Cost of Residential Solar” at the Environmental News Network.

Finally, here is an article is for those that really want to have a green house using all the latest (including solar). It’s entitled “Passive Homes Heat Up Around the World” by Alexandra Kain at Inhabitat.

Sunny Days-

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What a sunny day

Last night as I prepared for work today, I was thinking about what to write about and I thought since it is suppose to be a sunny day,  what about solar power? I also came upon the article “Europe’s Way of Encouraging Solar Power Arrives in the U.S.” by Kate Galbraith at the New York Times last Friday and so there you have it, solar power it is.

These two articles talk about a couple of possible solutions to some of the issues with solar power. They are ” There’s Energy in Them There Hills” by Allison Boyer at Ecoscraps and “How to Use Solar Energy at Night” by David Biello at Scientific American.

Shinging on-

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As the sun comes up

Knowing that the sun will becoming up in a few hours, I realized today that I haven’t posted much about solar power lately but today I came across an article on the latest developments so I thought I would post that one and a couple of more.

The article is entitled “Making Cheaper Solar Concentrators out of Acrylic”. Unfortunately, I can’t locate the article tonight, so I will update this post in the morning.

Next comes this article just a few days ago entitled “Cheaper Materials Could Be Key to Low-Cost Solar Cells” over at the Environmental News Network.

Finally, there is “There’s Energy in Them There Hills” by Allison Boyer over at EcoScraps.

Good night-


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