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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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Graphene paint aims to solar-power future homes and electronics

Graphene paint aims to solar-power future homes and electronics

Scientists from the University of Manchester have discovered that by combining Graphene, a one-atom thick layer of graphite, with the transition metal dichalcogenides, a material that can react to light, they are able to create a product that can generate electricity from sunlight. They can form thin sheets of the product that can be placed on buildings to absorb sunlight and turn it into electricity.

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Pilot to fly across US on solar-powered plane

Pilot to fly across US on solar-powered plane

A major milestone for solar technology is coming up, as one pilot will be taking on the task of flying from San Francisco to New York on a plane that's powered only by solar energy. Bertrand Piccard will be taking off in a plane that he and his design partner André Borschberg call Solar Impulse, which has been in the works for almost 10 years.

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Space rock rips through ISS solar panel, gives hull a miss

Space rock rips through ISS solar panel, gives hull a miss

Space is a dangerous world. Debris is flying around everywhere, including small space rocks (read: bits of asteroid or meteoroid), which means that the International Space Station is constantly prone to getting hit by these small objects, and when you're traveling at 4.8 miles per second, even small objects can have a big impact. ISS Commander Chris Hadfield tweeted a photo of a hole in the one of the solar panels where a space rock ripped through.

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World’s largest solar power plant opens in Abu Dhabi

World’s largest solar power plant opens in Abu Dhabi

The Middle East is known for their vast amounts of oil, and of course the money that comes from that oil. However, the region is also getting into renewable energy and alternative methods for providing electricity, most specifically the United Arab Emirates, which is now home to the world's largest solar power plant, located in Abu Dhabi.

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New Apple patent suggests solar-powered iPhone on the way

New Apple patent suggests solar-powered iPhone on the way

Let's face it: battery life in smartphones is pretty awful, with only a few devices that are actually worthy of a battery-life crown. However, what if smartphones were powered by solar cells? That would basically change how we use devices, and we would essentially not have to worry about battery life anymore. A new patent from Apple may very well point to a possible solar-powered iPhone in the future.

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