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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Have a green weekend

I thought I would end the week with some good pick-me-up stores.

First up, this article entitled “Lesson On Solar Energy is a Picnic for Students” by Joe Crawford at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I love solar power and I always love a good picnic, put the two together and magic.

Which takes me to my next article “How to Make Inexpensive DIY Home-Built Solar Panels with Damaged Solar Cells from Ebay” by Michael Graham Richard over at Treehugger. I’m actually going to give this a try.

These last three articles are all about one of the few upsides to the real estate downswing. They are “Officials Open Coffers for Open Space” by Dennis Cauchon at USA Today, “Conservancy Buys Slice of Adirondacks” by Martin Espinoza at the New York Times and “Deal Is Struck in Montana to Preserve Forest Areas” by Kirk Johnson, also at the New York Times.

The first one is about the actual idea of environmental groups purchasing tracks of land and the last two are about two examples that have happened recently.


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Kids play

With it being a few days since my last post and seeing that tomorrow the family is going to the Farmer Jason concert, I thought I would just grab a few of my kids favorite topics.

First off, this story about boats entitled “Earthrace Boat Crosses Globe in 60 Days to Break Record” by Jason Sahler over at at Inhabitat.

My son wants to invent a solar sub but since that hasn’t happened yet, there’s this story over at ENN via Reuters called “Japan Firms to Work on Solar-Powered Ship” by Osamu Tsukimori.

Now for my daughter comes this story, “Fishing Technololgy Letting Turtles off the Hook” at Science Daily from the WWF.

Following that story is this one, also from ENN entitled “Marine Turtle Conservation Moves into High Gear“. Good news for our friends the turtles.

Lastly, this article comes from LiveScience called “Fossil of Ancient Pregnant Turtle Discovered” by Jeanna Bryner. Fascinating stuff.

This next article is a great read on the topic of kids and nature called “What Do Robots, Sir David Attenborough and Kids Have in Common?” at Treehugger. A must read for all parents.

Finally, while I said kids, I never gave an age limit. So here’s one article on something near and dear to my heart, dams. It’s entitled “Maine Conservationists Reach Milestone in Plan to Buy 3 Dams” by Katie Zezima at the New York Times.

Play on!

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Solar days are here again

I was going to list some great solar products that I have read about lately but instead I thought I would start with this great article over at the Environmental News Network. It’s entitled “Clean Tech Intro: The Solar Family“. It’s a great primer for those interested in solar power. Now, on with the products.

Okay, not yet. Here’s one more good article on the Solar Industry, again from the Environmental News Network. This one is called “Getting Down and Dirty with a Solar Industry Insider“. Another great article on some of the latest information on solar power.

Okay, lets try again. This first article is called “Portable Solar Fan-What’s Up with That”? Yes, it’s also from the Environmental News Network.

Next up, this solar generator article “Powercube: Rock-Solid Generator To-Go” at Inhabitat. Looking good!

Last, here are two articles on some of the latest solar flashlights. We have  “SunNight Solar Gives Away 500 Solar Flashlights” over at Good Clean Tech and Tri-Solar LED Flashlight: Three Times the Fun under the Sun, again over at Good Clean Tech. Check them both out. I know my two year old son would love one of those (and with no batteries required, so would I).


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