Solar-Powered Spacecraft Speeding Through Space

July 16, 2010 by  
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The IKAROS solar-powered spacecraft launched by the Japanese space agency JAXA is officially propelling through space using only solar energy. After a successful launch on May 21, the craft’s 3,000-square-foot sail unfurled without incident and today it was confirmed that IKAROS was harnessing the sun’s rays and speeding through space.  The team of scientists back on the ground will control the craft’s velocity by changing the angle of the sail, which will maximize or minimize the amount of radiation hitting the solar cells

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Bike Parks Offer Commuter Cyclists Comfort and Convenience

July 16, 2010 by  
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One of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to get out of your car and onto a bike.  Many people live close enough to work to commute by bike instead of car, but don’t because they don’t want to show up sweaty and wrinkled.  In Melbourne, a new facility called Bike Park is taking care of that by offering all the conveniences a commuter cyclist could ask for. Bike Park has a storage room for 150 bikes and offers cyclists lockers, showers, towels, hair dryers and straighteners, ironing boards, coffee and even bike servicing.  The facility is located in an old nightclub just a short walk from the city’s main train station.

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Renewables Made Up Half of New Power Installed in U.S. Last Year

July 15, 2010 by  
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A new study by the Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21) , a UN-backed organization, found that in 2009, half of new power generation capacity built in the U.S. was in the form of renewable energy. And we’re not alone.  In Europe, renewables accounted for 60 percent of new power generation capacity in 2009, and globally, renewables now comprise 25 percent of power capacity and delivered 18 percent of the world’s electricity in 2009

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