Researchers from Northwestern University, in a study published in the journal Nature Communications, found that the way data was written to Blu-ray discs — a high-definition format for movies, television and other video — made it perfect for improving solar cell technology. Using a Blu-ray copy of the 1992 Jackie Chan film “Police Story 3: Supercop,” the team was able to increase the efficiency of how much energy solar panels can absorb.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday. Continue reading
In other news Thursday, questions kept coming about the future of the eurozone. By all accounts, money was flowing out of Greece where far-left leaders are agitating to break a bailout agreement and end austerity measures. Also, a fight over solar panels flared into the open between the U.S. and China. Continue reading
The U.S Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon brought teams from 20 universities to the National Mall to showcase their designs for a modern, solar-powered home. Interest in the event has grown amid new concerns over energy costs and climate change. Continue reading
The space shuttle Atlantis moved away from the International Space Station Tuesday after a nearly 10-day stay during which astronauts installed a truss and pair of solar arrays, and experienced a temporary computer meltdown. Continue reading
A writer and environmentalist explains how lifestyle changes can reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help mitigate America’s contribution to global warming as part of a NewsHour series on ways to deal with climate change. Continue reading