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They're better than fireworks--and last longer, too.
After staring at the sun for hundreds of millennia, humans still have burning questions about it
Two solar flares have sent magnetic fields to our planet -- and scientists aren't sure how they're going to impact each other.
Sunspots may be entering a hibernation period unseen in 400 years
A frothy moat, not a shield, protects us from cosmic rays
A flying telescope saw "magnetic braids" at a resolution of 0.2 arcseconds - about the size of a dime seen from 10 miles away.
An image filter helps researchers find patterns in the sun's violent weather systems.
A judge's ruling to cut down trees that block solar panels is just the tip of the iceberg for a growing conflict in California
Can concentrated PV plants beat solar thermal technology?
A buyer's guide to harnessing the energy of the sun
Cheap, off-the-shelf parts and a clever design make Skyline Solar's reflective aluminum troughs a contender in the race to make solar ubiquitous
No plans currently for Wigsphere conversion
A company plans to construct the world's largest solar power project ever, in the Sahara
Harnessing the terawatts of energy we get from the sun
The National Mall was transformed into a futuristic commune for the past two weeks as 20 teams from four countries erected solar-powered homes
The structure could help Rio de Janeiro achieve its goal to host the first-ever zero-carbon Olympics
But oil is still part of the mix
A bureaucracy built for oil and gas leasing punishes the most efficient technology
Exploiting both types of radiation could be the key to making solar power competitive with fossil fuels
A solar disaster isn't a question of if, but when--and it looks like soon
Satellites that capture light from the sun and beam power back to Earth
One of the world's oil capitals opens the world's largest single concentrated solar power plant.
And by 2020, the solar industry will have completely "paid back" the energy it took to produce the world's panels.
Instead of flying out of Dallas and touching down in a reserved hangar, the sun-powered plane Solar Impulse will land in an inflatable structure for part three of its trans-America flight.
Reinventing the array could usher in a new age for solar.
IRIS is designed to unravel one of the sun's best-kept secrets.
A new crowd-sourced effort found 35,000 promising molecules that could make light, flexible solar power materials.
The craft touched down in New York over the weekend after zipping across the States, but not without some technical difficulties.
Transparent, colorful cells could decorate, and power, churches one day.
Shining in the desert
60 years ago this week, the modern solar cell came into being. Here's how.
There's a lot of information out there and not all of it is good.
Nothing says green like throwing green at a problem
Where there's smoke, there's power
Highways basking in the hot sun are wasted energy. Scott Brusaw's solution? Make them out of solar panels
It was not projected to happen until 2014
It's perched on the very edge of the solar system, and new data is the strangest yet
The same output of electricity, now with 100 times less silicon
The string of atolls has switched fully from expensive and environmentally harmful diesel generators to solar energy.
The protostar and its protoplanetary disk are still in the process of being born.
New study challenges the theory that an exploding star provided the impetus for our solar system.
Actually, Germany has significantly less sun--they're just putting their rays to better use.
Solar Impulse will attempt to fly across the United States using nothing but sunlight for fuel.
Artist Sarah Hall's collection of glass facades are beautiful and good for the environment!
Been there, done that: The chemically similar star is almost 4 billion years older than the Earth's sun
Perhaps they'll coordinate with your Malm-bedecked bedroom.
A solar cell may one day turn your clothes into portable power sources--keeping you warm or cool, or charging your phone.
The smallest exoplanets yet
An eruption in July created a giant fountain of plasma many times the size of Earth.
Or, giant space sperm swim toward Planet Ova.
It could be great for desalinating water and other applications.
Our editors scrounged up some truly bizarre facts.
Another feat for the long-distance travelers
But it was still notable for its size, and its well-recorded demise in the atmosphere.
Good luck scaling Olympus Mons on Mars
Cosmic neutrinos have 1,000 times more energy than the world's most powerful particle accelerator
For some, the eclipse looked a lot like Pac-Man
Plus, the largest group of massive stars ever found
There goes the sun, doo doo doo doo.