The World's Oldest Underground Fire Has Been Burning For 6,000 Years

If you've heard of underground coal fires, then you've probably heard of the one raging under the abandoned town of Centralia, Pennsylvania, since 1962. Fifty-two years is a long time—and a lot of coal—but that's barely a blink compared to Burning Mountain in Australia, which has been ablaze for 6,000 years. » 3/10/14 10:20am 3/10/14 10:20am

Editorial From 1925 Predicted Decline of Coal, Rise of Atomic Energy

Coal has been keeping our lights on and our houses warm for centuries. But coal's inherent messiness — both in mining it and burning it — has always been a problem. So it's no surprise that many people today advocate for cleaner alternatives. What may come as a surprise, however, is that some people were dreaming of a… » 11/20/13 3:11pm 11/20/13 3:11pm

Miners Want to Ignite an Inferno Deep Beneath Wyoming

Out in Wyoming, an energy company is getting creative about extracting coal from deep below the surface. Rather than blast a hole in the side of the Earth and go digging for it, Linc Energy just wants to set the stuff on fire and gobble up the gas emitted by the blaze. What could go wrong? » 10/02/13 5:40pm 10/02/13 5:40pm

"Clean Coal" No Longer Oxymoron at New Power Plant

Maybe you've heard the plans for "clean coal" (aka carbon capture and storage), a technology that collects carbon-dioxide exhaust from formerly high-polluting power plants, condensing and freezing it for storage in depleted natural-gas fields. This month, energy provider Vattenfall fired up the CO2 collection process at… » 9/21/08 4:30pm 9/21/08 4:30pm

US Military Wants Airplanes to Run On Coal

The US Defense Advanced Researh Projects Agency-aka DARPA aka The Guys Who Run Area 51 and Have a Pact with the Aliens to Abduct the Entire Human Race in 2012-has turned its eyes to coal for airplane fuel. There's only one problem: coal-to-liquid fuel technologies are too expensive and produce too much pollution. Until … » 9/15/08 9:00am 9/15/08 9:00am

Don't Piss Dad Off This Holiday, Or Kiss That 360 Buh-Bye, Kids


Some kid must have been one hell of a brat this holiday season. Seems a father got so fed up with his son that he sold the Xbox 360 he bought for $100. Yup. You could have netted a $100 Xbox 360 sans box if you lived near Kansas City—but without the original packaging. Why no cardboard box? The dad wanted to teach the … » 12/28/05 10:46am 12/28/05 10:46am