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EnerPlex Packr backpack has built-in solar charger for gadgets

EnerPlex Packr backpack has built-in solar charger for gadgets

Anyone who's on the road a lot for work, school, or pleasure knows it can be a challenge keeping your gadgets charged up and ready to use away from an outlet. If your travels take you outdoors a lot, keeping your gadgets charged and keeping you in touch can be particularly troublesome. A company called Ascent Solar Technologies has announced a new backpack called the EnerPlex Packr that not only has plenty of room for all of your gear, but helps keep your gadgets powered working.

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IKEA brings solar panels to the UK, aiming for mainstream

IKEA brings solar panels to the UK, aiming for mainstream

Though they've made clear that the decision to sell solar panels to the masses on a market-by-market basis, the results are already clear: IKEA is aiming to make solar energy mainstream. If there's one company that can take this green push to the market in a way that's not-quite-cheap but certainly not overpriced, it's IKEA. And here with the IKEA Chief Sustainability Officer Steve Howard speaking on the subject with the AP this week, "It's the right time to go for the consumers."

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Solar cell developed with highest efficiency ever at 44.7%

Solar cell developed with highest efficiency ever at 44.7%

The teams behind the world's previous record-holding solar cell for efficiency, which was unveiled back in May, has trumped its own achievement, announcing that they've boosted that cell's efficiency even higher to 44.7-percent. The latest solar cell works by utilizing four solar subcells, allowing it to achieve nearly a 50-percent efficiency rate, and was developed based on a bit over three years' worth of research.

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SOL solar-powered Ubuntu laptop arrives with 10-hour sun-juiced battery

SOL solar-powered Ubuntu laptop arrives with 10-hour sun-juiced battery

Laptop battery life is something that we all can't seem to be happy with. No matter how long the battery is able to last, there are always times when we curse into the wind when we get that dreaded battery warning while on the road. However, a new Ubuntu laptop looks to solve those problems by coming with a solar panel attached to keep the battery juiced up without a power cord.

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NASA reveals the solar system has a tail of its own

NASA reveals the solar system has a tail of its own

Many stunning objects in our solar system have tails. We see them most often in comets, meteoroids, asteroids, etc. Tails are formed when dust and ice on these objects burn up as they heat up, which results in debris letting loose and leaving a trail behind the comet. As it turns out, even our own solar system has a tail.

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“Stella” is first solar-powered family car, will race in World Solar Challenge

“Stella” is first solar-powered family car, will race in World Solar Challenge

Students at the Eindhoven University of Technology have developed a solar-powered car they call "Stella," which is claimed to be the first-ever family car that runs off the sun. The vehicle is designed to seat four individuals, and utilizes power drawn from the sun via solar panels that are located on its roof. We have a video of it in action after the break.

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Wearable Solar turns clothing into a personal charging station

Wearable Solar turns clothing into a personal charging station

We've seen clothing that doubles as something else a few times before, such as the drone-evading stealth hoodie revealed back in January, and the GPS-trackable line of wearables announced way back in 2006. The latest to surface comes from a team composed of students, a creative agency, and a fashion designer, all of whom worked together to assemble a wardrobe called Wearable Solar.

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AT&T solar-powered charging stations land in New York

AT&T solar-powered charging stations land in New York

If you're out and about for the whole day and are relying on your smartphone for a handful of tasks, you may discover that the battery won't last you the whole day, and what's a person to do when their phone dies and you're nowhere near an outlet? AT&T is looking to solve this problem with solar-powered charging stations planted all throughout the city.

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Machine prints 33-feet of solar cells per minute

Machine prints 33-feet of solar cells per minute

There's are a variety of alternative sources of energy out there that break away from the traditional, environment-dampening methods used, some of them better tailored to certain locations than others. Solar power is one such source, and Australia is a prime location for such technology, offering many bright and sunny days. One of the biggest problems with solar power has been its cost, which may be changing in the near future thanks to a machine that prints a solar cell every 2 seconds.

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Sun emits 2013′s first two X-class solar flares

Sun emits 2013′s first two X-class solar flares

The Sun has emitted its first two X-class solar flares of 2013, the first having happened on Sunday May 12, and the second yesterday. Both were relatively small in size, neither coming close to the record breaking X-flares of 2011 and 2012, yet were still powerful and resulted in spectacular images. Unlike the coronal mass ejection that happened back on April 12, these two were not directed towards Earth.

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