These Cemeteries Are All That Remain of Mountains Destroyed by Mining

Mountaintop removal mining is exactly as destructive as it sounds. In West Virginia coal country, entire mountaintops have been stripped into barren wastelands for the sake of coal. But every once in a while, you'll see a lonely island of green—a centuries-old cemetery that just barely continues to exist. » 7/17/14 2:35pm 7/17/14 2:35pm

Norway's Turning Power Plant Emissions Into Fish Oil

With millions of tons of carbon dioxide billowing into the atmosphere from our power plants, one possible solution to the pollution is carbon capture—sequestering the greenhouse gas before it ever leaves the plant. But then what do you do with all that carbon? Norway has a interesting new plan: farm salmon. » 7/16/14 6:39pm 7/16/14 6:39pm

Google Street View Cars Find Hundreds of Gas Leaks in Cities

If you live in an old city surrounded by history, chances are you also live with hundreds if not thousands of gas leaks all around you. It's bad for you (think explosions) and bad for the environment (think global warming), so we should probably do something about it. That's why Google Street View and the… » 7/16/14 1:47pm 7/16/14 1:47pm

The World's Most Terrifying Pool Can Simulate Any Wave

Definitely not coming to water park near you is a FloWave, a state-of-the-art wave pool that whips water around, simulating waves as tall as 90-feet and currents at 20 feet per second. FloWave is a real ocean simulator, you see, and its job is to prepare our infrastructure for the violent battering of the seas. » 7/15/14 7:02pm 7/15/14 7:02pm

The Rotating Building Where the Offices of the Future Will Be Tested

High up in the hills of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory sit four square, blue buildings you'd be forgiven for finding nondescript. Inside, they're decorated with drab gray carpet familiar to any cubicle worker. But it's the buildings' electronic guts that make them unique in the whole world. These labs—including… » 7/10/14 4:41pm 7/10/14 4:41pm

Your Cable Box Is Wasting Absurd Amounts of Energy and Money

Electricity bill got you down? Blame your cable box or PlayStation or printer or refrigerator or any of your smart, networked devices that have a gentle-sounding but energy-sucking "standby mode." A new report from the International Energy Agency puts the energy from networked devices worldwide at 616 terawatt-hours.… » 7/03/14 1:40pm 7/03/14 1:40pm

A Nosebleed Tour of the Wind Turbines Taking Over NYC's Rooftops

According to the New York Times, wind turbines are all the rage in New York City. We decided to find out for ourselves what all the buzz—or whoosh?—was about. So we met with wind turbine maker UGE and its mechanical engineer, Darius Salgo, who was kind enough to show us around the newly-installed wind turbines on top… » 6/06/14 3:20pm 6/06/14 3:20pm

Could We Build Electricity-Storing Houses Out of Supercapacitors?

What's your wall doing right now—holding up your posters? Being leaned against by the bookshelf? What about storing the energy that powers all your kitchen appliances? New research into structural supercapacitors, which can withstand the stress and vibrations of bearing weight, could eventually inspire such an… » 6/03/14 5:40pm 6/03/14 5:40pm

How Obama's Power Plant Regulations Will Transform Our Electric Grid

President Obama and the EPA have just taken their biggest and boldest step ever to fight climate change. The Clean Power Plan, unveiled by the EPA today, is far more important than the Keystone XL pipeline—if also far less sexy to slap on a poster. But these carbon-cutting regulations have the potential to transform… » 6/02/14 3:12pm 6/02/14 3:12pm

Eureka! A Whisper-Quiet Wind Turbine Based On Archimedes' Screw

When they're standing out in a field, miles away from crowded urban centers, the sounds made by a wind turbine's blades aren't a big issue. But when they're perched atop a downtown building, they create noise pollution that's hard to ignore. A Rotterdam-based company might have found a solution, though, with a unique… » 5/28/14 1:20pm 5/28/14 1:20pm

You Can Drive Over This Parking Lot Paved With Solar Panels

If you've scampered barefoot across asphalt on a sunny day, then you know driveways are already absorbing plenty of solar energy. What if we could actually harness it? Solar Roadways has created solar panels so strong you could drive a tractor right over them—plus they light up at night and heat to melt snow. » 5/09/14 2:20pm 5/09/14 2:20pm

The Not-So-Crazy Plan to Build a Colossal Energy Skyscraper In Arizona

This week, a small town near the U.S.-Mexico border gave an unusual company the right to build a 2,250-foot-tower, destined to become the tallest structure in the U.S. The company, Solar Wind Energy Tower Inc, is only three years old. But the idea it's hocking dates all the way back to the 1960s. » 5/01/14 2:40pm 5/01/14 2:40pm