Scientists can now bottle solar energy, turn it into liquid fuel

The barrier to solar energy has always been storage. Now, bottled sunshine has a shelf-life of 18 years.

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  • Researchers have invented a liquid isomer that can store and release solar energy.
  • The team has solved problems other researchers have previously encountered.
  • The discovery could lead to more widespread use of solar energy.
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Surprising behavior of bees during total solar eclipses discovered

A buzzworthy study looks at the strange actions of bees.

  • Scientists recorded the activities of bees during the 2017 total solar eclipse.
  • They found that bees completely stopped flying and buzzing.
  • A team of professional and citizen scientists was involved.
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Astronomers discover dwarf planet beyond Pluto. It's nicknamed 'The Goblin.'

Is The Goblin's orbit a breadcrumb leading us to Planet X?

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  • The solar system's starting to look very different than we thought.
  • A third object beyond Pluto has just been announced.
  • The newly discovered dwarf, dubbed "The Goblin," never comes closer than 65 astronomical units, or AU, to the sun.
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A Trip from the Sun to Jupiter at the Speed of Light. Bring a Sandwich.

Watch what it might look like to travel from the sun to Jupiter at the speed of light.

If you lived here, you’d be home by now (ALPHONSE SWINEHEART)

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NASA Is Sending Humanity's First Spacecraft to the Sun in 2018

NASA announces the details of its mission to the sun, set to launch in 2018.

Credits: Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory

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