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2009-08-27 15:00:00

Subtle connections between the 11-year-solar cycle, the stratosphere and the tropical Pacific Ocean work in sync to generate periodic weather patterns that affect much of the globe, according to research results appearing this week in the journal Science. The findings will help scientists get an edge on predicting the intensity of certain climate phenomena, such as the Indian monsoon and tropical Pacific rainfall, years in advance. "It's been long known that weather patterns are...

2009-08-27 14:55:00

Our sun does not radiate evenly. The best known example of radiation fluctuations is the famous 11-year cycle of sun spots. Nobody denies its influence on the natural climate variability, but climate models have, to-date, not been able to satisfactorily reconstruct its impact on climate activity.Researchers from the USA and from Germany have now, for the first time, successfully simulated, in detail, the complex interaction between solar radiation, atmosphere, and the ocean. As the scientific...

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2009-08-21 12:20:00

A new study suggests that a lack of sunshine may cloud memory and other thinking or "cognitive" functions in some people with depression, Reuters reported. Experts have often cited the association between sunlight exposure and mood. One such example is seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which is a depression where symptoms shift with the seasons, usually arising in the late fall and winter and improving in sunnier months. Researchers are now attempting to find out whether sunshine can affect...

2009-08-19 07:00:00

ST. LOUIS, Aug. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Solutia Inc. announced today that it will be supplying Therminol(R) VP-1 synthetic heat transfer fluid to a new 470 MW hybrid solar plant in Ain-Ben-Mathar, Morocco and a 170 MW hybrid solar plant in Hassi R'Mel, Algeria. Both plants have 20 MW each of power output capacity from solar thermal oil-based parabolic trough collector fields and are being constructed by Abener. They are currently slated to begin producing electricity in 2010. (Logo:...

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2009-08-18 12:25:01

Experts warn that 75 percent of parents expose their children to bright sunlight without real protection. A poll of 2,000 people by the College of Optometrists showed that almost a third of parents in Britain do not buy sunglasses for their children. Out of the ones who do provide sunglasses for their children, almost 50 percent put price before protection and only 25 percent buy sunglasses from a trusted brand. The College encourages parents to pick dark glasses with a CE mark for...

2009-08-10 07:20:00

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Most of human history has witnessed people living and working outdoors during the light of day, absorbing "life-charging" full-spectrum solar energy from the sky. An average of 10 hours daily in the sunlight, 70 hours weekly, was common for eons. Now, however, in less than a mere two hundred years, millions of people have unwittingly become "contemporary cave-dwellers," living and working indoors, sometimes, all day long. In...

2009-07-29 16:35:00

WASHINGTON, July 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Indoor Tanning Association will run a full-page ad in tomorrow's New York Post condemning the hype related to the recent categorization of tanning beds as a "Group 1" carcinogen. "The Indoor Tanning Association will not stand by and allow some members of the media to unfairly malign our product and the thousands of small business owners who are our members, by grossly exaggerating the risks associated with tanning beds," said Indoor...

2009-06-29 14:58:16

Leaving a child in a hot car is like leaving a child in a lit oven, a U.S. emergency physician warns. Dr. Nick Jouriles, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians, says children throughout the country die each year as a direct result of being left alone in a hot vehicle. The most important thing to know is that it does not have to be brutally hot outside for it to be brutally hot inside the car, Jouriles said in a statement. A vehicle's window will act like a greenhouse,...

2009-06-25 08:30:00

OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- BusinessWeek.com recently launched a story citing Oprah as 'Tech's Latest Trendsetter'. The article reports that among well-known tech companies -- such as Twitter and Kindle that have benefited from Oprah's "priceless" nod of approval -- is leading producer and distributor of far infrared saunas, Sunlight Saunas. The commercial and home saunas offered by Sunlight Saunas were showcased by Dr. Oz on a segment on the Oprah Winfrey Show entitled...

2009-06-24 15:10:00

SHANGHAI, June 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. (Nasdaq: JASO), a leading manufacturer of high-performance solar products, today announced that it will be attending Intersolar North America July 14-16 at Moscone Center in San Francisco. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090309/JASOLARLOGO) The company will be hosting meetings at booth 9235. About JA Solar Holdings Co., Ltd. Based in Shanghai with manufacturing operations in Hebei and Yangzhou, China,...


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Incoming Solar Radiation Impacts By Various Weather Cycles
2012-08-22 13:30:39

The above image looks at the month of March for the three cycles known as Normal Phase, El-Nino, and La-Nina. The data was recorded for the city of Honolulu Hawaii, during the month of March. Remember this is just data for one month during these cycles. Normal: During this cycle incoming solar activity was upwards to 48% efficient for the month, producing less than 50% of the month which is due to the large amount of daily cloud cover that is seen on the island during the early morning and...

Incoming Solar Radiation Impacts By Various Weather Cycles
2012-07-23 11:19:47

The above image looks at the month of March for the three cycles known as Normal Phase, El-Nino, and La-Nina. The data was recorded for the city of Austin Texas. Remember this is just data for one month during these cycles. Normal: During this cycle incoming solar activity was upwards to 60% efficient for the month, producing enough solar energy that only 40% of the month would have not had strong incoming radiation. EL-Nino: This phase provided the area with an extended number of...

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2012-05-12 09:22:57

Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on November 3, 1994 at 11:59 AM EST and landed at Edwards AFB on November 14 at 7:33 AM PST. The shuttle orbited 174 times at an altitude of 164 nautical miles at an inclination of 57 degrees and travelled 4.5 million miles. The mission lasted 10 days, 22 hours, 34 minutes, and 2 seconds. This mission further advanced efforts to collect data about sun's energy output, chemical makeup of the Earth's middle atmosphere, and how these factors affect...

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2010-11-15 19:37:34

Sunglasses are protective eyewear designed to shield the eyes from damaging or discomforting sunlight and high-energy light. They can also work as a visual aid. The ultraviolet radiation from the sun can cause several serious eye problems and many healthcare professionals recommend eye protection. However, since the 1940s sunglasses have been associated with celebrities more so than eye protection. James Ayscough experimented with tinted lenses in the mid-18th century although they were...

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