These "Christmas Trees" Sit on the Bottom of the Ocean

There's a veritable gold rush going on beneath the world's oceans as nations and multinational corporations alike vie to discover and exploit a wealth of minerals and energy trapped within. Off the coast of Western Australia, for example, General Electric has tapped into a massive reserve of oil and natural gas,… »12/26/14 2:00pm12/26/14 2:00pm


Sonic Cannons Are Going to Wreck East Coast Ecology in Search of Oil

The Obama administration's record on environmental responsibility took a huge hit last Friday when the Feds approved not only energy exploration off the Eastern seaboard for the first time in 40 years, but also the use of sonic cannons, which have been linked to immense disruptions of oceanic life. Who cares about the… »7/24/14 12:50pm7/24/14 12:50pm

An Overdue Reactor That Could Be the Key to Our Fusion Revolution

Even with the recent advancements in renewable energy technologies, it's going to be tough to satisfy the electrical needs of our booming human population in the coming years. However, if this international nuclear reactor can ever come online, we may see fusion-driven, utility-scale power grids within our lifetimes. »5/29/14 11:40am5/29/14 11:40am

This Huge Solar Thermal Plant Makes Electricity Even in the Dark

The primary complaint against solar power—that it, you know, requires the sun—is perfectly valid. But Arizona's new Solana Generating Station, the largest capacity solar thermal plant on the face of the Earth, has just provided a $1.4 billion counterpoint. Thanks to its massive molten salt reserves, this plant keeps… »10/16/13 11:30am10/16/13 11:30am