Time will tell if natural gas is a bridge or a brick wall.
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
The importance of global landscapes
If fossil fuels are to remain a large part of the nation's energy mix, engineers need to reduce their environmental impacts.
Reinventing the array could usher in a new age for solar.
To green or not to green?
Arun Majumdar has to decide which researchers will get millions of dollars, and he has to do it fast. He must spark an energy revolution within 20 years, or it's lights out for us all.
Turbines to take root in the sea
Tastes like chicken, runs like diesel
Like Darpa on the military side, the new agency for stoking energy innovation awards $151 million to big ideas
Some major wave energy installations are planned for the U.K. and the U.S.
Depending on who you ask, these long-ignored, widely-scattered elements are either a dealbreaker or no problem at all
Material is called "the most condensed form of energy storage outside of nuclear"
Cuts to the government agency's budget would impact a lot of science.
Which technologies will finally free us from oil?
Green technology is on the rise, but the U.S. still consumes an enormous amount of fossil fuels
How water could be harnessed for roughly a third of U.S. annual electricity usage
A U.S. Forest Service program tries to make lemons into lemonade.
Both the Atlantic and Pacific areas saw a record number and intensity of storms.
Rossi--a lone Italian inventor with no real credentials and a history as a convicted scam artist--has convinced a small army of researchers that his box can harness a new type of nuclear reaction. What if they're right?
A piece in a prominent medical journal accuses the energy drink industry of using its financial power to sway research on the harms of using Red Bull as a mixer.
Every day for the next two weeks we'll be unpacking the record behind the rhetoric
A rarely-discussed alternative energy could prove 200 times cheaper and far more effective than Clean Coal
A long-forgotten physics paper holds the secret
Survey of scientists compiles astronomical wishlist for the next decade
Physicists had to compress the fuel to twice the density of the core of the sun.
Energy-producing microbe evolves into dramatically more efficient strain
The next big thing in alternative energy: your body. Wasted energy from your movements may not be enough to power your house, but it will be charging your cellphone and more within the next decade
Thiel's Breakout Labs has awarded an energy firm $300,000 to continue its research harnessing tornadoes for cheap, clean energy.
Big Bang Theory IRL
In our penultimate column, we explore whether one candidate has a record better indicating support for scientific research
Ben Franklin would be proud.
For manufacturers, less friction means more efficiency.
This is ground control to SETIcon
Emerging medicine: Scientists design gold "nanoshells" that seek and destroy tumors.
Armed with better batteries and stronger materials, new submersibles aim to go deeper than ever before and open up the whole of the unexplored ocean to human eyes
New nominations for energy secretary and EPA head will probably face uphill battles in the Senate.
A look at tomorrow's turbines
Greening the world's most iconic skyscraper
The perils of working on a fragile ice shelf.
Physicists are increasingly certain a mysterious force is driving the universe apart. If only they knew what it was.
It may make more sense to take shorter showers than to switch to florescent bulbs
A new study links super-caffeinated beverages to substance abuse, violence and reckless sexuality
Our experts tackle your toughest science questions
Cheap, off-the-shelf parts and a clever design make Skyline Solar's reflective aluminum troughs a contender in the race to make solar ubiquitous
Safeplugs are cheap and would go a long way toward saving money, energy and lives. So why aren't we all using them?
Extraordinary solutions for a clean-energy century
Using smart grid tech, solar panels and energy-efficient appliances to create homes that produce as much energy as they use
Energy from the Earth's core comes to the surface
A routing algorithm can channel Internet data to locations where electricity prices are cheapest
Google, eBay, FedEx have already started using Bloom Boxes
"Thermopower waves" could be a brand-new way to produce electricity
Could build better batteries, solar cells
Do big investments from an oil refiner and a trash hauler mean Enerkem is close to cracking the code?
Another day, another wrinkle in the year's biggest physics story
Combining energy from multiple ambient sources generates a more stable supply for sensors
A lot of meteorological terms will be thrown around for the next few days. We're here to define them so you can understand what's going on. Welcome to the Dictionary of Hurricane Sandy.
Following the State of the Union, the government wants your questions.
Measuring the distance to cosmic neighbors helps calculate the expansion of the universe as a whole.
What government forecasts suggest about U.S. energy independence
Coverage doesn't always reflect where the money is going. Whether that matters is a different story.