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

Self-Filling Gas Station Pumps: Welcome To the Lazy Future

The full-service pump at your local gas station is always a tempting option, particularly on cold mornings. Unfortunately, having to tip the attendant usually means most of us always opt for self-serve instead—but what if every pump was automatic? Husky and a company called Fuelmatics are developing robotic gas pumps » 10/28/13 8:46am 10/28/13 8:46am

Iran Has Hacked US Energy Companies

According to the WSJ, Iran has hacked US oil, gas and power companies. The hackers were able to gain access to control-system software "that could allow them to manipulate oil or gas pipelines". Basically, the hackers are far enough inside that people are starting to get worried. » 5/23/13 8:18pm 5/23/13 8:18pm

The NYPD Is Planning a Simulated Chemical Attack For New York Subways

A subway-borne chemical attack is one of those theoreticals that require the willful ignorance of regular passengers—for most of us, it's just better not to think about it. Not so for the NYPD, which yesterday announced a plan to test how a chemical or radiological attack would spread through the city's 200-odd miles… » 4/25/13 8:50pm 4/25/13 8:50pm

A Wonderfully Simple Explanation of Oil Price and the Economy

The price of gas seems to keep changing, but the truth is that the problem isn't just to do with decreasing oil resources. In fact, the price of the black stuff is linked into our economy in a complex way—and this video beautifully describes what's going on for those of us lacking an economics background. » 5/08/12 7:45am 5/08/12 7:45am

We Waste a Billion Gallons of Gas a Year Because We're So Fat

Heavier cars use more fuel. Now some bright spark has calculated that the US uses one billion gallons more gas every year than if the entire population had remained at the average weight of the 1960s. For every extra pound added to the average weight, the country uses another 39 million gallons of fuel each year. » 4/30/12 12:20pm 4/30/12 12:20pm