Researchers used zinc oxide nanorods to create a solar cell, then played music to determine the sound waves' effect on performance. Pop and rock music bumped up efficiency levels by 40 percent.
With help from NASA's Kepler space telescope, astronomers have calculated that of all the stars in our galaxy that resemble our sun, one in five hosts an Earth-sized planet at a distance that allows for liquid water at the surface.
The plan would allow the world's space agencies to share information about potentially dangerous asteroids, create a special task group to detect smaller asteroids, and collaborate on ideas for diverting them from Earth.
To celebrate 10 years of images from the European Space Agency's Mars Express orbiter, the German Aerospace Center has compiled a video that gives sweeping digital views of the planet's landscape.
Two new studies agree that Kepler-78b is about the same size and composition as Earth, but because it orbits its star at one-tenth the distance of our orbit, it's way too hot to support life.
In 2012, demand exceeded supply by 300 million cases, a number Morgan Stanley analysts say is "the deepest shortfall in over 40 years of records."
Found by the Hubble Space Telescope, it's the farthest galaxy located to date, and is giving astronomers one of the earliest glimpses of what the universe was like after the Big Bang.
A new study finds that the area's dry season is three weeks longer than it was 30 years ago, and predicts it could extend longer than what was forecast by last month's intergovernmental climate change report.
Now that a prototype of a crew capsule has been built and is ready for testing, it's still not clear how the US' next manned spacecraft will be used.
In a few months, World View will offer tickets for balloon rides that will take passengers to an altitude of about 100,000 feet. It's not high enough to experience microgravity, but they promise an awesome view.
Researchers at the University of Buffalo recently tested a submerged Internet network that uses sound waves to transmit data. They envision a host of applications, including oceanographic data collection and tsunami warning.
A report suggests that by 2030, nearly 325 million people could be living in the countries expected to be the most affected by natural hazards. In response, focus should be placed on disaster prevention, not just disaster relief.
A network of probes that communicate with each other using the power of the stars isn't within the reach of current technology, but it could be someday, according to a new paper.
The planned replacement of the city's famous gas-powered streetlamps with more efficient LED versions is being met with swift objections from locals as well as the World Monument Fund, which put them on its watch list this month.
Both are being exacerbated by climate change, but the threat to civilization caused by drought is more immediate, with one study suggesting that it may have influenced current Middle East unrest.