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Solar thermal record sees 97% conversion of sunlight into steam

Scientists at ANU have set a new record for solar thermal efficiency

Australian scientists are no strangers to world records for solar power. Back in 2014, the CSIRO created supercritical steam at the highest temperature and pressure, and in May this year, engineers at UNSW achieved 34.5 percent efficiency in directly converting sunlight to electricity. Now, scientists at the Australian National University (ANU) have managed a new record of 97 percent efficiency for converting sunlight into steam.

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Review: Sharkk’s electrostatic headphones earn bravo for sound, boo for build

With its precision, speed, and clarity, Sharkk's Bravo headphones highlight appreciable detail and energy across a ...

Despite the superiority, electrostatic audio products aren't marketed to the average consumer. Not everyone has over US$1,000 of disposable income for "budget, entry-level" electrostatic headphones that also require a separate amp for power. However, $300 for Sharkk's hybrid set just might hit that sweet spot for hi-fi sound and affordability. We recently put the Bravo hybrid electrostatic headphones to the test to hear what it's all about.

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‘Pokemon GO’ 1.5 Update Adds Pokemon Appraisal

Pokemon GO [Free] is in the process of being updated to version 1.5.0 for iOS and 0.35.0 for Android,and the new update comes with one big new feature, Pokemon Appraisal. According to the patchnotes, Pokemon Appraisal allows trainers to learn about a Pokemon attack and defense capabilities from their Team Leader (Candela, Blanche, or Spark) to determine

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Plate tectonics complicates the Goldilocks equation

Whether a planet is habitable may depend on geology as well as disatance

If Yale researcher Jun Korenaga is correct, then habitable planets may be rarer than previously thought. According to a recently published paper, the ability of Earthlike planets to self-regulate their temperatures may not be as simple as once believed and that a new "Goldilocks zone" may need to be considered when looking for worlds beyond the Solar System where life could exist.

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Category: Space

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