A state-by-state breakdown of policies that could change your community.
Do big investments from an oil refiner and a trash hauler mean Enerkem is close to cracking the code?
And they cost only three cents each
Looking for a source of rare earths? Try your stash of old cellphones
Saddled with poisoned real estate, one city turns to GM trees to mop up the mess.
From the farm to the dinner plate, here's where food gets lost.
Nuclear energy is looking like it will be a big part of a fossil-fuel-free future in the U.S. But the big question remains as big as ever: What's to be done with the waste it generates?
Energy officials argue for a new breed of reactors that run on recycled radioactive fuel
This is why you don't put radioactive dumps next to the ocean.
It sounds scary, but we're probably fine
We could do it, but should we?
It takes 1,000 years for a typical silicon wafer to dissolve in a bucket of water.
Sloth finally proves itself useful as colleges discover undergrads are too lazy to get up for potentially wasteful second helpings
Another "green" brick, this time made like sausage
After overestimating its energy needs, the software giant allegedly strong-armed a small-town utility into reducing a six-figure penalty by threatening to needlessly burn millions of watts.
Junk food has a new meaning
Worst Science Jobs II: Number 5
Scientists invent a uranium-eating molecule that could help turn nuclear junk into fuel
This newly spotted galaxy is the least profligate galaxy ever seen.
Holding the purse strings
The insect architects have been building these trash heaps for 4,000 years.
Boozey goodness broken down by type, flavor, and, of course, alcohol by volume.
It converts stray microwaves into electricity.
Corporate responsibility looms large at this year's show, but protesters insist more companies need more proactive electronics recycling policies
Stories from the coolest day jobs in the world.
Over 3,000 compounds isolated in largest urinalysis ever
Do foreign visitors to the United States have the same problem with drinking water as Americans traveling overseas?
Joseph Longo's Plasma Converter turns our most vile and toxic trash into clean energyâ€”and promises to make a relic of the landfill
An excerpt from Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation, a new book about a town in New Jersey devastated by industrial pollution
Mike Biddle could free the world from having to make new plastic. Forever.
St. Lucie County undertakes an ambitious plan to use plasma technology for converting enough trash to power 50,000 homes
A bold mandate from the European Union aims to make new electronics less toxic for everyone
Our dependence on big systems--big oil, big coal--steers us away from little ones, such as biofuel made from garbage, that are transforming communities in other countries
As energy prices spike, even smelly fuel sources look attractive
Tastes like chicken, runs like diesel
Healthy foods are the ones we're most likely to trash
Our annual bottom-10 list, in which we salute the men and women who do what no salary can adequately reward
How to make one of our most ubiquitous gadgetsâ€”every part of itâ€”environmentally sound.
Looking to cities around the world for inspiration
Wonder animal tastes good, provides milk, lubricates your engine
So an industrial accident has blanketed your countryside in millions of cubic feet of caustic sludge. Now what?
Cue the slow clapping.
Traditional chicken, beef, and pork production devours resources and creates waste. Meat-free meat might be the solution.
As climate change intensifies, architects, designers, and scientists are devising better ways to deal with almost anything nature throws our way.
So much for "no waste."
Fertilizer and sewage runoff cause the worst marine pollution, but we can reverse their effects
To rescue the Earth, we need bold engineering ideas that go beyond simple recycling
From fart sniffer to postdoc, the most torturous ways to make a living in science.
In the escalating arms race between battery power and consumption, The Cells are losing to The Gadgetsâ€”Big time. Question is, can the chemists catch up to the engineers?
But will the juice required to power down and reboot offset the energy savings?
Try to stump us. Send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
Looking for a clean fuel that grows anywhere, needs only sunlight and water, and could produce enough oil to free the U.S. from its petroleum addiction? Here´s one start-up's plan for converting oil from algae-yes, algae
Brain damage has unleashed extraordinary talents in a small group of otherwise ordinary individuals. Will science find a way for everyone to tap their inner virtuoso?
Predictions for how we will live and work—on Earth or in space—in the decades and centuries to come
Just hum really loudly at them.
The 20 ideas, trends, and breakthroughs that will shape our world in 2014
They're everywhere—and they can also treat cancer.
A new building block made from the pressurized byproducts of coal-power plants saves energy and cuts down on pollutants
The latest contender in the burgeoning zero-emissions all-electric motorcycle field is here--how does it stack up against the competition?
Greening the world's most iconic skyscraper
Scientists say ultrasmall man-made particles are toxic to animals. What about us?
Research finds that digital technologies contribute to climate change
Eavesdropping on frogs and on co-workers
"Transient electronics" could deliver drugs, monitor buildings and more. Could they be an eco-friendly solution for obsolescent tech?
Gird thy loins with jellyfish, child.
Public opinion is divided on how to manage the gray wolf. So what is a government agency to do?
Bust out the bug repellant
It's an ultrafast killing machine with bleeding-edge aerodynamics. Not a pet.
The James Webb Space Telescope threatens to eat the budgets of other missions
Feel funny but don't know why?
The most likely damage from Mother Nature's catastrophes, in seven maps
An Office Personnel Management report shows that NASA is a pretty sweet gig.
The herbicide uses some ingredients that sound like they could have come from a gritty face wash.
The bad things that would happen if we launched nuclear waste into the sun.
Welcome to the wonderful world of compost toilet tech
Saving species by saving their environments
A new study finds that trees are fueling air pollution--with a lot of help from humans
The nation's most toxic nuke dump hopes to melt away its cleanup woes
A new pair of specs may let you tag your world as easily as you tag a blog post--so long missing keys
Dubai's Palazzo Versace hires firm to cool sandy beaches