Huge Martian Dust Devils

A gigantic dust devil races across the surface of Mars. NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured the 12 mile-high (20 kilometer) twister as it whirled its way through the Amazonis Planitia region of northern Mars on March 14. According to researchers despite its towering height, the dust devil is just 210 feet (64 meters) wide. The plume’s shadow is also clearly visible in the new image, as are some topographic features on the Red Planet’s complex surface.

Solar Storm Blasted Earth With Powerful Dose of Energy

According to Nasa scientists a recent spate of furious eruptions on the surface of the sun hurled a huge amount of heat toward Earth. This is the biggest dose our planet has received from our closest star in seven years. Although the influx of solar energy puffed up the atmosphere, increasing drag on low-orbiting satellites, it caused fewer disruptions to electronic infrastructure such as electronic grids than some expected.

Researchers Study Explosions on Venus

A new study finds strange, gigantic explosions fueled by solar energy detonate just above the surface of Venus.The huge eruptions, known as hot flow anomalies (HFAs), have been seen before near Earth, Saturn and possibly Mars. According to researchers the new observation is the first unambiguous confirmation of the phenomenon on Venus. It also shows that HFAs there are far different than what happens near our planet, which has a strong magnetic field.

New MIT-developed Materials Make it Possible to Produce Photovoltaic Cells on Paper or Fabric

Last October, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Vladimir and Karen Gleason Bulovich demonstrated the possibility of placing solar batteries on a paper substrate, and six months later print it directly on paper. Their project, that are funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Italian energy company Eni, has continued to evolve.

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