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Juno's Revelations NASA's Juno spacecraft has just revealed a wealth of new information about our Solar System's biggest resident, Jupiter, and it's now clear that everything we thought we knew about the gas giant may have been wrong . The first observations were made when the spacecraft dipped closer to the tops of the clouds covering the planets' surface and passed over the poles. “What we've learned so far is Earth-shattering. Or should I say, Jupiter-shattering,” Juno's principal investigator at the South Research Institute, Scott Bolton, said in a press release . “Discoveries about its composition, magnetosphere, and poles are as stunning as the photographs the mission is generating.” At the planets' poles, there are massive, oval-shaped cyclones, completely different from the polar regions observed on Saturn. Some of these cyclones were observed to be so enormous that they approached widths of 1,400 kilometers (900 miles), making them 10 times larger than the most massive cyclones seen on Earth.
Daily Mail - Science
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The eTree tree has WiFi, seating, USB charging and a water fountain, with a separate water trough for pets. It was unveiled in the town of Nevers in France and is the first eTree in Europe.
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By Mike McRae This Wednesday, NASA will officially announce its intention to launch a probe that will dip inside the Sun's atmosphere, calling it the first ever mission to touch the Sun. The Solar Probe Plus mission will have to cope with temperatures and radiation unlike any other probe, but the data it will collect in the process will help astronomers predict solar storms and provide clues on some of the deepest mysteries surrounding our closest star. In 1976, a 370-kilogram (815-pound) block of instruments called Helios 2 came within about 43 million kilometres (27 million miles) of the Sun's surface in its mission to study solar winds and cosmic rays. Our world has since grown ever more dependent on a network of technology – both in orbit and on our planet's surface – that's vulnerable to a threat we barely understand. Not only can our modern technology suffer enormous damage from extreme solar activity, humans who might one day live outside our atmosphere will also need protection from severe winds of charged particles and radiation.
The Economic Times
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NEW DELHI: Tata Power Solar today said its revenue has increased by more than 2.5 times in just two years to reach Rs 2,262 crore. The company said it has ramped up the scale of business substantially by focusing on building state of art technology, engineering and strengthening on customer & employee satisfaction. In a statement, it said the focus on efficiency and quality coupled with leveraging technology and innovation has helped the company implement several challenging projects. The company, with a view of long-term objective, has significantly increased focus on EPC, where it had built strong competencies. Tata Power Solar has also been the biggest rooftop player for 3 years in a row, the statement said. Tata Power Solar, in its effort to encourage domestic manufacturing, made significant expansion and modernisation of its cell and module facility in Bengaluru, it said.
The Event Chronicle
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By Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D. I have been studying our Sun for some years, focusing on the influence of erratic solar behaviour (erratic from a modern human perspective) on the course of human development and civilisation. One of my major conclusions is that the last ice age ended abruptly circa 9700 bce due to a major solar outburst (or series of outbursts). Solar activity is intimately tied to climate changes on Earth, which in turn have major effects on life on our planet, including humanity. Following the solar agitation and disturbances that ended the last ice age and possibly continued for several millennia, during the last 8,000 years or so the Sun has been relatively stable, with periods of quiescence. 1 For example, in historical times during the Maunder Minimum (circa 1645 to 1715) the Sun appeared to “shut down” or go dormant (as reflected in the rarity of sunspots), corresponding on Earth to the middle of the “Little Ice Age” (which in totality lasted from circa 1500 to circa 1860).
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many other things, wind farms, solar energy. And jobs! But today, the will understand that is all we have time for. Thank you very much indeed
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Last 2 hour extreme values: |B| = 15.0 nT, Bz = -7.5 nT and V = 464.5 km/s. With current threshold values: |B| > 15 nT, Bz 650 km/s.
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Last 2 hour extreme values: |B| = 15.7 nT, Bz = -10.7 nT and V = 425.1 km/s. With current threshold values: |B| > 15 nT, Bz 650 km/s.
Mashable
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The ' GoSun Grill ' can bake, roast, steam, and fry a meal for up to 8 people. The secret is its solar vacuum tube that absorbs light while also acting as an insulator. You can cook even when the sun goes down or it's freezing cold. It costs $799. Read more... More about Food , Sunset , Light , Sun , and Solar Energy
Times of Israel
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Sologic's eTree allows passersby in the town of Nevers to charge their phones, surf the internet or just enjoy the shade
Futurism
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Here Comes the Sun The Beatles may have well predicted the future for their mother country as the Sun now shines bright in the United Kingdom. According to the National Grid , almost 25 percent of Great Britain's electricity demand was served by solar at midday Friday. The clean energy source generated 8.7 gigawatts, which is more than the previous record set on May 10, when solar generated 8.48 gigawatts. #Solar has just broken another record in Great Britain, providing 8.7 GW (24.3% of demand) pic.twitter.com/yNreEqgd7cNG Control Room (@NGControlRoom) May 26, 2017 “We now have significant volumes of renewable energy on the system, and as this trend continues, our ability to forecast these patterns is becoming more and more important, Duncan Burt, who oversees the National Grid's control room operations, told the Independent . “This is a colossal achievement .
Futurism
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Europa's Great Lake. Scientists speculate many more exist throughout the shallow regions of the moon’s icy shell. Image Credit: Britney Schmidt/Dead Pixel FX/Univ. of Texas at Austin. More importantly, their seismometer differs from conventional designs in that it does not rely on a mass-and-spring sensor. Such a design would be ill-suited for a mission to another body in our Solar System since it needs to be positioned upright, which requires that it be carefully planted and not disturbed. What’s more, the sensor needs to be placed within a complete vacuum to ensure accurate measurements. By using a micro-electrical system with a liquid electrolyte for a sensor, Yu and his team have created a seismometer that can operate under a wider range of conditions. “Our design avoids all these problems,” he said. “This design has a high sensitivity to a wide range of vibrations, and it can operate at any angle to the surface.
Futurism
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Knowing this process is to know the attributes of returned samples better.” Artist’s impression of the MMX spacecraft in launch configuration. Image Credit: JAXA/ISAS Another major objective of this mission is to learn more about small bodies coming from the outer Solar System. As the outermost rocky planet, Marsorbit marks the boundary between the terrestrial planets — which have solid surfaces and variable atmospheres (ranging from super-thing to dense) — and the gas and ice giants of the outer Solar System that have highly dense atmospheres. Because of this, studying Marsmoons, determining their origin, and learning more about the Martian orbital environment could teach us a lot about the evolution of the Solar System. Not only does such a mission present opportunities to study how planets like Mars formed, but also the process of by which primordial materials were transported between the inner and outer Solar Systems during its early history.
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Last 2 hour extreme values: |B| = 15.7 nT, Bz = -7.0 nT and V = 405.9 km/s. With current threshold values: |B| > 15 nT, Bz 650 km/s.
SPACE.com
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Last 2 hour extreme values: |B| = 14.6 nT, Bz = -7.0 nT and V = 411.5 km/s. With current threshold values: |B| > 15 nT, Bz 650 km/s.
SPACE.com
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On Aug. 21, a total solar eclipse will cross the U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. Ninety-eight years ago today, another total solar eclipse changed the world by helping to confirm Einstein's theory of general relativity.
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Last 2 hour extreme values: |B| = 17.7 nT, Bz = -2.0 nT and V = 411.5 km/s. With current threshold values: |B| > 15 nT, Bz 650 km/s.
The Event Chronicle
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The Economic Times
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NEW DELHI: The government will levy a 5 per cent tax on all equipment required for generating solar power compared with nil duty now, a government official clarified, putting an end to confusion about the new taxation policy for the industry after its landmark tax reform. "All solar equipments and its parts would attract 5 per cent GST only," Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia said in a tweet on Sunday, contrary to the initially planned two tax slabs of 5 per cent and 18 per cent. India, the world's third biggest greenhouse gas emitter, has set a target to produce 100 gigawatts of solar power in five years to fuel its economic expansion while reducing its carbon footprint. A flat 5 per cent tax on all solar power equipment will put the sector on par with domestic coal from July 1 and make solar energy generation more expensive. The 5 per cent tax, however, is in contrast to a previous notification that had fixed an 18 per cent tax on photovoltaic cells and panels, which account for a bulk of solar power generation costs.