Bill Nye launches crowdfunding campaign to back Carl Sagan’s dream LightSail

May 15, 2015 by  
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You can become a backer of one of the coolest space programs in this universe. Bill Nye—yep, The Science Guy —has launched a Kickstarter campaign  to fuel The Planetary Society , which will help make Carl Sagan’s space dreams come true. We recently reported on the project to build Sagan’s solar-powered lightsail spaceship , and the launch of this crowdfunding effort means that average, ordinary science-loving citizens can contribute to the next great wave of space exploration. Nye is looking to raise at least $200,000 and a maximum of $1 million to help fund the LightSail , which we imagine is a pretty expensive venture. Contributor levels start at just $1, so it’s time to skip that second cuppa and fork over some spare change—for science. Larger donations will get you honors like autographs of the engineering team, a LightSail team flight jacket, and sending your name into space. How cool is that? + Bill Nye’s Kickstarter campaign Via Mashable  Image via The Planetary Society Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: bill nye , carl sagan , citizen science , kickstarter campaigns , lightsail , solar powered lightsail , solar-powered spacecraft , the planetary society

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This solar power system converts twice as much of the sun’s energy as existing technology

May 15, 2015 by  
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When it comes to solar electricity , efficiency is the key to success. And a new solar electric project in South Africa’s Kalahari Desert may just be the most efficient system that exists in the world today. Swedish energy company, Ripasso , is taking advantage of the intense South African Sun to test its small-scale solar concentrator system that combines military technology with an idea from a 19 th  century Scottish engineer and clergyman. The results? The system converts a whopping 34 percent of the sun energy into electricity that goes straight into the grid. That’s about twice as much as traditional solar systems. Read the rest of This solar power system converts twice as much of the sun’s energy as existing technology Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: africa solar power most efficient , most efficient solar concentrator , ripasso efficient solar power system , world’s most efficient solar power system

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This solar power system converts twice as much of the sun’s energy as existing technology

Wyoming outlaws citizen science, bans photos of Yellowstone

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Imagine: you’re in Yellowstone National Park  and it’s the trip of a lifetime. And you’ve taken the picture (or two) of a lifetime. Perhaps it’s one of the geysers, or a magnificent sunset or a black bear playing in the trees. What if you submitted that photo to the National Weather Service for them to publish on their Facebook page or to a contest sponsored by the Forest Service? According to a new law in Wyoming , that could land you in jail. Read the rest of Wyoming outlaws citizen science, bans photos of Yellowstone Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: clean water act , justin pidot , sharing data law , sharing data with federal government , unconstitutional law , wyoming law , wyoming law against constitution , yellowstone national park

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