A Million-Dollar Buoy Will Spot the Best Sites for Wind Farms

With roughly 12,383 miles of coastline, the US has plenty of potential installation sites for offshore wind farms. Floating data collection centers like the one shown above will help energy companies and government agencies alike find the windiest, and most effective locations along America's shores. » 9/16/14 11:46am 9/16/14 11:46am

Scientists Use a Shadow Network That's 1000x Faster Than Your Internet

When it comes to truly humongous amounts of data, it can be faster to just drop a hard drive in the mail—unless you have access to the Energy Sciences Network, a blazing shadow network that is 100 times faster than even the much-ballyhooed Google Fiber. » 6/17/14 1:40pm 6/17/14 1:40pm

Scientists Solved the Mystery of Why Rechargeable Batteries Go Bad

Every time you recharge your lithium-ion batteries, their storage capacity decreases just a little bit. That is why your mobile gadgets won't stay on nearly as long as they did even a year ago. But thanks to research by the US Department of Energy, we finally know why exactly that occurs and, more importantly, how to… » 5/29/14 1:40pm 5/29/14 1:40pm

Princeton Nuke Detector Could Spot World-Ending Warheads

The US and USSR had more than 60,000 nuclear warheads pointed at each other at the height of the Cold War. While the Non-Proliferation Treaty of 1970 and START in 1994 have shrunk that figure to around 26,000, nobody is really sure how many still exist—because nobody’s ever actually verified the number of warheads,… » 4/30/13 11:30am 4/30/13 11:30am

This Natural Gas Plant Is Turbo-Charged by the Sun

With the decreasing popularity of coal and increasing volatility of petroleum prices, natural gas is emerging as a major energy resource in the the United States. And while we have plenty of reserves, an estimated 318 Trillion cubic feet (Tcf), it's still a non-renewable resource that must be used sparingly whenever… » 4/15/13 11:50am 4/15/13 11:50am

Add the Department of Energy to the List of Agencies Nailed by Hackers

Reuters reports that the US Department of Energy was hacked last month and a trove of employee information was lost to the cyber intruders. The hack was revealed in a letter obtained by Reuters, which was sent to employees on Friday. The DOE claims no confidential information was lost in the attack. » 2/04/13 5:57pm 2/04/13 5:57pm

Stanford Is Building the World's Biggest Digital Camera

So just how much can a digital camera the size of a Hyundai see? Hopefully, if you're the Stanford team building it, enough to answer some fundamental questions about our galaxy. » 11/10/11 11:30am 11/10/11 11:30am

The Sludge-Busting MARS Arm Blasts Through Radioactive Waste

In 1943, the US government needed a reliable center for processing the Manhattan Project's nuclear material. Officials chose the 568-acre Hanford site in the deserts of Washington State to house nine nuclear reactors and 143 single-walled, underground waste tanks. Fast-forward 68 years and the US government is still… » 11/08/11 11:30am 11/08/11 11:30am

4,400 Volt Owners Will Get Free Charging Stations

The Chevy Volt is coming soon, but for the electric car to be a success its owners will need convenient power access. Which is why 4,400 lucky Volt owners will get free charging stations, installation (sometimes) included. » 6/17/10 1:56pm 6/17/10 1:56pm

Scientists Coax Tiny Bacteria Into Operating Slightly Less Tiny…

These 380-micrometer gears are being turned by hundreds of common bacteria swimming in a liquid solution. Scientists think this discovery could signpost a path to the development of "smart materials" that close the gap between man-made and organic matter. » 12/16/09 7:40pm 12/16/09 7:40pm

Cray XT Jaguar: The New World's Fastest Supercomputer

Pumping out a sustained 1.64 quadrillion mathematical calculations per second (1.64 petaflops) after a recent technological overhaul, the Cray XT Jaguar is now the world's latest fastest supercomputer (huge disclaimer coming) for non-classified research. And once you see what's under the hood, you'll know why.The… » 11/12/08 10:20am 11/12/08 10:20am

Rough Nano-Wires Hold the Secret to Efficient Heat to Electricity…

The latest edition of Nature magazine details a new method scientists have derived for converting heat energy into electricity, using silicon to instigate the conversion. Researchers have more investigations to carry out, but if preliminary findings are indicative of what is to come, appliances that charge using your… » 1/13/08 7:25pm 1/13/08 7:25pm