The US Doesn't Have Enough Railroads to Keep Up With the Oil Boom

Passenger rail has never been known for punctuality (at least in this century), but over the past year, Amtrak's long distance passenger trains have reportedly gone from being late 35 percent of the time to being late 60 percent of the time. But don't blame Amtrak—it's being forced to make way for the thousands of… » 10/09/14 3:18pm 10/09/14 3:18pm

The Plan to Turn Our Aging Oil Rigs Into Skyscraper-Sized Reefs

Off the coast of Southern California, there's an underwater city. A thicket of almost 30 enormous steel oil rigs, each as large as a skyscraper, bolted to the floor of the ocean. Most of them are elderly, aging giants—and soon, the state will need to make a decision about whether to rip them up or let them stand.… » 9/12/14 10:58am 9/12/14 10:58am

Sensual images of dreamy women are actually incredible oil paintings

Few artists in the world have the perfect command of lighting, color, and oil media technique of Yigal Ozeri. His always sensual and sometimes disturbing hyperrealistic art—which usually focuses on women in dreamy and contemplative states—is simply stunning. Warning: Some paintings are NSFW (nipples shown). » 7/14/14 9:12pm 7/14/14 9:12pm

Why Do Chinese Investors Want to Build a Dubai-Style City In Kenya?

A coalition of 100 investors announced plans to build a "Chinese-controlled economic zone" populated by skyscrapers and luxury residences. Their new city will be in Kenya, but the goal is to "match the glamour of Dubai." What would motivate investors to go to the trouble of building a massive new city in a country… » 4/08/14 2:20pm 4/08/14 2:20pm

The Floating Super-Factories Spawned By Our Insatiable Hunger For Gas

The world's ever-growing demand for gas is driving companies deeper and further into the ocean to drill for it. And, to do so, they're building a new type of ship: small city-sized floating factories that drill, process, refine, and barrel gas while still out on the open sea. Think of them as one-stop gas shops that,… » 4/04/14 1:40pm 4/04/14 1:40pm

25 Years After Exxon Valdez, We're Not Ready For the Next Big Spill

A quarter-century ago, after the Exxon Valdez's captain downed one too many drinks and left a third mate in charge, the oil tanker struck a reef and bled 11 million gallons of oil across 1,300 miles of Alaska's coastline. But the catastrophic oil spills have continued in the US—and we're still not prepared to handle… » 3/24/14 1:00pm 3/24/14 1:00pm

Oil Companies Could Create Dozens of Toxic Lakes In Alberta

Canada's tar sands are an unequivocal environmental nightmare, ravaging the landscape and spewing billions of gallons of toxic water into the world. Now, oil companies are claiming they've figured out what to do with all that poisonous water: Turn Alberta into one giant man-made lake district. » 12/02/13 3:40pm 12/02/13 3:40pm

The La Brea Tar Pits Remind Us That Los Angeles is an Ancient City

Conventional wisdom designates Los Angeles as a young, capricious metropolis—an underage drinker in the geopolitical nightclub—but it's simply not true. L.A. is actually an ancient city, and the proof is bubbling right up to the surface at the La Brea Tar Pits, one of the richest paleontological sites in the world and… » 10/29/13 12:20pm 10/29/13 12:20pm

Capping the Deep Water Horizon Well Could Have Caused an Even Bigger…

A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences reveals that after the Deep Water Horizon disaster, engineers and scientists weren't sure that capping the Macondo well was the best idea. In fact, it could have lead to an even larger, harder to control spill. » 12/04/12 1:20pm 12/04/12 1:20pm

America's Biggest Claw Game Plucks Oil Rigs from the Briny Deep

Though they weigh as much as 60,000 tons, the massive semi-submersible oil rigs dotting the Gulf of Mexico can still sink when faced with a hurricane's onslaught. And there's only one way to pull the rigs' 7,500 ton decks off the seafloor after such a catastrophe—with America's heaviest-lifting ship, the VB 10,000. » 5/30/12 2:40pm 5/30/12 2:40pm

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