An old rock could lead to 'next generation' solar cells
After a 170-year delay, the discovery of a strange, metallic-looking rock found in the Ural Mountains in Russia in 1839 has ignited a global technology race for a cheaper, more efficient solar cell. It could seriously disrupt the world's solar market, currently dominated by China.
3M-year-old sediment tells the story of today's climate
In 2009, studies of deep sediment layers from a largely unknown, unexplored lake in the tundra of Russia's eastern Arctic released a flood of new evidence about what global warming had done to the Arctic 3 million years ago.
How to study ancient climate? With a time machine, of course
Geologists are like the Time Lords of TV's "Doctor Who" series, Julie Brigham-Grette likes to say. She's among the scientists studying the Pliocene Epoch and the clues 3-million-year-old events may provide about man-made climate change.
Droughts and deluges traced to atmospheric waves
BOULDER, Colo. — Researchers have traced the severe winter droughts that struck California from 2013 to 2015 and this year's unusually wet winter that caused widespread flooding in the state to the same phenomenon: wavelike patterns of winds in the upper atmosphere that circle the globe.
Solar could grow globally if trade war with China ends
A new report published by a center at Stanford University calls for the United States and China to end their trade war over solar energy modules and join forces to spur innovation and private capital.