Solar storms linked to mass strandings of whales

Mass strandings of whales have often been documented, but their causes remain unclear. Researchers from Europe have just published a study in the International Journal of Astrobiology suggesting that some strandings are triggered by strong geomagnetic storms such as the one headed for Earth now. On Sept. 4th, active sunspot AR2673 hurled a CME toward Earth. Estimated…

New solar cell design is modeled after bugs eyes

Insect eyes inspire new solar cell design from Stanford Packing tiny solar cells together, like micro-lenses in the compound eye of an insect, could pave the way to a new generation of advanced photovoltaics, say Stanford University scientists. In a new study, the Stanford team used the insect-inspired design to protect a fragile photovoltaic material…

Yet another renewable energy boondoggle

Guest essay by Paul Driessen Foreword: Wilkinson Solar wants to catch the solar wave, and make bundles of money sending electricity to the grid whenever it’s generated, even if it’s not needed at the time. The company’s proposed 288,120 solar panels would blanket 600 acres of now scenic farmland next to a school near the…

Two weeks in the life of a sunspot

Public Release: 4-Aug-2017 From Eurekalert                NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center VIDEO: On July 5, 2017, the Solar Dynamics Observatory watched an active region — an area of intense and complex magnetic fields — rotate into view. During its 13-day trip across… view more   Credit: NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center/SDO/SOHO/CCMC/SWRC/Genna Duberstein, producer On July 5, 2017,…

Monster Solar Minimum Approaching?

Monster minimum or short solar cycle? Guest essay by David Archibald This recent post was on the fact that the Sun’s EUV emissions had fallen to solar minimum-like levels well ahead of solar minimum. The implication was that the Solar Cycle 24/25 minimum was either going to be very deep and prolonged, or that Solar…

The Solar Harbinger

Guest essay by David Archibald The people of Canberra are the richest in Australia so they voted in a provincial government that proved how virtuous they were by increasing the proportion of their power supply that came from wind and solar sources. As a consequence, the cost of power went up and the people of…