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Louis Michaud has received funding from Peter Thiel's Breakout Labs to harness energy through manmade vortexes. Will your streetlights soon be powered by a tornado?
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!
Tastes like chicken, runs like diesel
Virginia's mountains provided the first real obstacles on our trip--but also some windy inspiration
With so many problems with our oceans--and solutions to them--it can be tricky to know where to start. So we asked the experts
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.
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
* that's a big, fat "might"
Two desktop-printer engineers quit their jobs to search for the ultimate source of endless energy: nuclear fusion. Could this highly improbable enterprise actually succeed?
A 21st century electric-car revival is under way. But the first challenge—building a cheap, safe, powerful battery—is the hardest
Every day for the next two weeks we'll be unpacking the record behind the rhetoric
As energy prices spike, even smelly fuel sources look attractive
Scientists invent a uranium-eating molecule that could help turn nuclear junk into fuel
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
A new study suggests that ethanol production could drive up corn prices, leaving U.S. grains and meat in short supply
The first reactor-on-a-barge will bring power to Russiaâ€™s electricity-starved Arctic
Choo-choos and plant-based fuels are in our energy future.