In his State of the Union Address, Obama promised executive action to reduce pollution and fund alternative fuel research. Got questions? We'll be at the White House later today to get answers for you. UPDATE: The Q&A is over now. Thanks for your great questions!
This week's images span quite a range. For one, we've got a distant galaxy drifting away from other heavenly bodies. But on the other end of that, we look at technology that can reconstruct a beard down to the hair. It also includes this amazing photo of an air force base, two retired space shuttles meeting face-to-face, and more. Click the gallery to see them all.
By Clay Dillow and Paul AdamsPosted 02.13.2012 at 5:29 pm 3 Comments
It’s been nearly a full month since the Costa Concordia ran aground just off the Tuscan island of Giglio, and after two weeks of delays salvage workers yesterday began pumping operations aimed at recovering most of the half million gallons of fuel aboard the badly listing Italian cruise liner. Roughly 84 percent of that fuel is stuck in 15 large tanks, and pumping that volume out of the ship will likely take another month--and that’s with the pumps running around the clock.
The Vitamix blender again. In this ultra-slow-motion video, we visualize the violent but beautiful vortex it creates by floating a layer of red oil on a quart of water. Stare deep, deep into the vortex.
By Noreen MalonePosted 08.01.2011 at 10:10 am 23 Comments
On Sakhalin Island, in Russia’s far east, temperatures can fall to 35 degrees below zero. Many islanders herd reindeer. And in January, oil crews drilled the world’s longest and deepest extended-reach well, 7.7 miles down into the ground and 7.1 miles out under the ocean. Seven of the 10 longest oil wells on Earth have been drilled there since Exxon Mobil launched its Sakhalin-1 project in 2003. Crews expect to keep breaking their previous records in the coming months.
Oil won't run the world forever, but it will for the next few decades--so how do we get from here to the next energy economy?
By Paul RobertsPosted 07.12.2011 at 10:16 am 45 Comments
For all our talk of an online future unbounded by physical limits, life in our increasingly global economy still requires the movement of actual people and things, often over long distances. And without a steady supply of prehistoric hydrocarbons, that movement would come to a halt. More than 95 percent of the vehicles on Earth--from cars to trucks to freighters to jumbo jets--run on oil products, and without them we'd be hard-pressed to commute to the office or import our gadgets, much less till our fields or get food from the farm to our kitchens. For now, we must have oil.