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Rethinking Silly Car Trips
European cities try to "rationalize" car use -- that is, to get people to think twice befo...
Virginia Manufacturer Keeps Jobs Local By Embracing Energy Efficiency
Workers at Volvo Trucks' New River Valley plant guide an engine into place. | Courtesy ...
It's Official: A Timetable for Jamaica Bay's Cleanup
The city plans upgrades at four sewage treatment plants that will halve the amount of nitr...
Bluer Skies and Brighter Days: The U.S. and India Collaborate in First Long-Term Climate Experiment
In recent years, the red, white and blue has waved proudly with the saffron, white and gre...
Geek-Up[6.24.2011]: Bubbles, Voyager Probes and Dust-Sized Dragonflies
The end of our solar system is bubbly. As NASA’s Voyager probes approach this end, they...
LiveChat Wed, 6/29, 2pm: Our Energy Independence
As many of us hit the road to celebrate America's independence this upcoming 4th of July w...
Investing in a New Era of Manufacturing Technology
Earlier today, President Obama announced the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership, a nationa...
Grasping Climate Change at a Garden-Plot Level
A pilot project will educate visitors to public gardens on how global warming and other cl...
What's behind the numbers?
Among the most visible prices that consumers may see on a daily basis are the ones found o...
NREL Facility Named One of Nation’s Top Sustainable Buildings
It’s been a little over a year since the Energy Department’s Research Support Facility...
California Widens Clean-Fuel Zone for Ships
After commercial ships take long detours to avoid switching to cleaner fuel, creating logi...
Honduras Creates a Shark Sanctuary
Tourism plays into a decision to place a permanent moratorium on commercial fishing of sha...
Maine Community Seeing Things in a New Light
As one of the northernmost communities in the “Lower 48,” Fort Fairfield, Maine (popul...
Title IX: More than Just Sports
Most people think sports when they think about Title IX. However, Title IX’s scope is mu...
Nevada Plant Adds Jobs, Moves America Forward in Solar Production
It’s always exciting when efforts to move new energy technology forward also lead to new...
Fracking and Water: E.P.A. Zeroes In on 7 Sites
The agency plans case studies on natural gas drilling's effect on drinking water in Pennsy...
Modest New Steps on the Food Supply
In a reflection of growing global concern about shortages, agriculture ministers from the ...
Is Fukushima a Roadblock, or Just a Speed Bump?
Three energy experts suggest that the nuclear accident in Japan will have a more modest im...
Tiny Edens, Courtesy of Rooftop Gardeners
Gardens thrive in quirky, sometimes perilous places....
10 Questions for a Physicist: Uwe Bergmann
While officially billed as a physicist at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, our latest...
Eureka! A Roaming Bowhead Whale
An Arctic research expedition spots its first bowhead off the Greenland coast and captures...
Solar Oven, Take One: FAIL
Ed. Note: Cross posted from the Energy Savers Blog. Written by Moon Choe. The first time I...
ARPA-E FY2010 Annual Report Highlights Transformational Projects Since Agency’s Establishment
It's hard to believe the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) is just two yea...
N.H.L. Tries to Give Back the Water
Through water restoration certificates, North America's top professional hockey league has...
N.Y. Missed Deadline on Indian Point Decision, Operator Says
New York State officials, who oppose a reactor license renewal for Indian Point, deny that...
EcoCAR Reaches the Finish Line
Last Thursday, the Library of Congress’s vaunted halls were filled with undergraduate a...
Food Prize Goes to Ex-Leaders of Ghana and Brazil
John Kufuor and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva are recognized for making strides in sharply re...
Oceans Are at Dire Risk, Team of Scientists Warns
The cumulative impact of global warming, acidification, overfishing and other threats is "...
Could a Common Household Fungus Reduce Oil Imports?
Nobody likes opening a fridge to find food that’s spoiled, but imagine if the same mold ...
An Update on White House Solar Panels and Our Solar Program
We cannot win the future without winning the clean energy race, which is why President Oba...
Cyber Security Summer School: Lessons for the Modern Grid
Since long before the dawn of the “information age,” people have separated information...
N.Y. Assembly Tightens Rules on Water Withdrawals
A bill requires that users like power plants, natural gas drillers and water bottlers obta...
Ground Breaking of Blythe Solar Power Project
Back in April, I had the pleasure of announcing that the Department of Energy had extended...
Documentaries Delve Into the Sushi Economy
Two filmmakers set out separately to explore the rise in sushi's international popularity...
Geek-Up[6.17.2011]: Metallic Glass and 3D Plasmon Rulers
SLAC scientists Wendy Mao, Qiaoshi (Charles) Zeng and their colleagues were not expecting ...
Ethanol Industry Is Unruffled by Senate Vote Against Tax Breaks
The Senate's vote Thursday to repeal tax breaks on ethanol will have little practical impa...
New Wave Power Project In Oregon
If you’ve ever been surfing, or gone swimming in choppy water, you’ve experienced firs...
From General Mechanics to General Motors: Lynn Gantt's EcoCAR Experience
Since childhood, Lynn Gantt has had a deep seeded passion for cars and the mechanics that...
10 Questions for an Automotive Engineer: Thomas Wallner
Meet Thomas Wallner – automotive engineer extraordinaire, who hails from Argonne Nationa...
Poll Finds West Virginia Coal Country Households are Pro-Renewable Energy
Today brings a lot of great news from the job and labor sectors, including some new statis...
Partners in Wind Power Bridge a Mideast Divide
An Israeli and a Palestinian have joined forces on wind turbine installations, making it e...
Bullwinkle, Rejoice
Acting under a court order, the federal government reinstates endangered species protectio...
Meet Tony Simon, Another Industrial Assessment Center Student Success Story
Earlier this year, we told you about Matan Moram and Vitelio Silva, two alumni o...
Nuclear Chief Is Grilled on Leadership Style
Senator John Barrasso, a Wyoming Republican, asks the Nuclear Regulatory Commission's chai...
Team China Transforms Shipping Containers into a Solar-Powered House
In honor of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon -- which challenges 20 collegiat...
A Look Back at the Nuclear Safety Workshop
As the Department’s Chief Health, Safety and Security Officer, my job is to make sure th...
Farm Jobs Lost? Blame Environmentalists! (Or Not.)
The Pacific Institute reports that the farmers of California's Central Valley did far bett...
The Tricky U.S. Reactor Tally
Workers at the abandoned Bellefonte 1 plant in Alabama hope their reactor will be complete...
Bluefin Tuna and Ethical Dining
A restaurant critic savors bluefin tuna at an upscale restaurant in Manhattan, noting that...
EcoCar Students Spread the Word
“If you build it, they will come” is a mantra that might be well suited for rural spo...
Celebrating a City's Solar Muscle
Two-thirds of New York City's million or so buildings are suitable for solar panel install...
Who Will Step Up to Meet Oil Demand?
A report predicts that Canada, Brazil, Colombia and the United States will come to the res...
Critical Materials and Rare Futures: Ames Laboratory Signs a New Agreement on Rare-Earth Research
Rare ones are often good ones: Take truly relaxing weekends . . . or perfect summer evenin...
Dracula Lurks in Your Set-Top Box
Set-top boxes in the United States consume nearly as much energy when not in use as when t...
Solar Loan Week: Conditional Loan for Arizona Solar Project
Today, Secretary Chu announced a conditional commitment for a loan guarantee of approximat...
New Push on Sustainable Agriculture
The Food and Agriculture has compiled the best techniques, from minimizing the use of pest...
U.S. Reactors Unprepared for Total Power Loss, Report Suggests
Studies by safety experts have analyzed the risk of losing electricity from the grid or fr...
Energy for the War Fighter: The Department of Defense Operational Energy Strategy
Editor's Note: This entry has been cross-posted from the White House blog. Seven years ag...
Concentrating On California Solar Power
Today, Secretary Chu announced conditional commitments for approximately $2 billion in loa...
Senate Blocks End to Ethanol Subsidies
The 40-59 vote reflected a split among Republicans and the continued acrimony over the iss...
Political Volleys Over Nuclear Waste
At a subcommittee hearing, House members assert that the chairman of the Nuclear Regulator...
Energy.TooManyWebsites.gov
Yesterday, in a blog post titled, TooManyWebsites.gov, my counterpart at the White House, ...
Primus Power’s Flow Battery Powered by $11 Million in Private Investment
In February, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) announced that six of i...
California Revises Its Greenhouse Gas Analysis
Responding to a judge's order, state regulators in California undertook a new analysis of ...
150 Chemicals Are No Longer Incognito
Citing health and safety studies on the substances, the Environmental Protection Agency de...
EcoCAR Vehicles Get Put to the Test at General Motors' Proving Ground
Virginia Tech puts their EcoCar vehicle through the paces at General Motor's Milford Pr...
E.P.A. Delays Rule on Power Plant Emissions
The delay is a tacit admission that the rules pose difficult political, economic and techn...
Infographic: Where is America’s Fukushima?
// Ok, so these days, in developed countries like the United States, the average house...
Five Million Smart Meters Installed Nationwide is Just the Beginning of Smart Grid Progress
The so-called “grid” is not just an electrical transmission and distribution system. I...
White House Rural Council: Creating New Business Opportunities
Last Thursday, on behalf of Secretary Chu, I attended the first meeting of the White House...
President Obama Visits North Carolina's Cree, Inc., and Meets with Council on Jobs and Competitiveness
Editor's Note: This entry has been cross-posted from the White House Blog. Today, Presiden...
Geek-Up[6.10.2011]: Thermoelectrics' Great Power, Key Ingredient in Bone's Nanostructure
With the ability to control conductivity in thermoelectrics comes great power. Through thi...
Saving Juice on a Philadelphia Subway Line
Batteries will capture energy that is generated when a train slows down, then deliver the ...
Mistrust Marred Japan's Response to Nuclear Accident
Prime Minister Naoto Kan turned at the outset to a handful of advisers who knew little ab...
Geek-Up[6.10.2011]: Thermoelectronics' Great Power, Key Ingredient in Bone's Nanostructure
With the ability to control conductivity in thermoelectrics comes great power. Through thi...
Cost vs. Time. vs. Conscience: A Travel Calculator
The Fly or Drive Calculator computes the costs of driving versus flying to your destinatio...
Innovative High Energy Density Capacitor Design Offers Potential for Clean Energy Applications
Can you imagine a photovoltaic module that’s able to generate and store electricity on i...
Focus on International Cooperation Continues, Secretary Chu Ends Trip with Visit to Russian ‘Los Alamos’
Secretary Chu wrapped up his week-long visit in Russia today with a special visit to the A...
World Food Supply: What's To Be Done?
As food shortages loom, the governments of the developed world have acknowledged a need to...
Biarritz? I'll Take Berry Picking
Agritourism helps "get the farm in a productive state so that it carries itself, so that i...
Snowmelt in the Rockies Just Isn't the Same
Over the last three decades, both the northern and southern Rockies warmed at the same tim...
U.S. Plants Gird for the Next Fukushima
Three nuclear organizations seek to confirm that American plants have an adequate safety m...
Belgium’s Ghent University Prepares their E-Cube for Solar Decathlon 2011
In honor of the U.S  Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon -- which challenges 20 ...
10 Questions for a Computational Scientist: Kerstin Kleese-Van Dam
Meet Kerstin Kleese-Van Dam. At Pacific Northwest National Lab, she’s a master of comput...
Actors Wade Into the Fracking Debate
Ethan Hawke, Mark Ruffalo, Zoë Saldana and others sing the praises of New York State's w...
Small Boat, Big Mission: An Arctic Whale Survey
An eight-member expedition sails toward Lancaster Sound, described as one of the most vuln...
Secretary Chu Embraces Cooperation, Scientific Progress in Moscow
To say that Secretary Chu’s two days in Moscow have been busy is a bit of an understatem...
Bow Makers Unite Behind a Precious Tree
Musicians band together in Brazil to help save the pernambuco, a medium-size tropical t...
Americans Still Split on Global Warming, Poll Shows
In a poll, 47 percent of American adults said that global warming is caused mostly by huma...
For Weary Antelope, a Perilous Swim
Record snow and rain this year have caused unprecedented flooding in the Missouri River, r...
When the Internet Runs Out of Addresses, It'll be IPv6 to the Rescue!
Happy World IPv6 Day!   What is IPv6 you might ask? Well, IP is the Internet Protoc...
F.A.O. Sees Stubbornly High Food Prices
On the supply side, global rice production is outstripping demand, but the situation is le...
Secretary Chu Looks at Russian Energy Technology Today and Tomorrow’s Energy Researchers
Earlier this week, we talked about Secretary Chu’s visit to the St. Petersburg Seaport. ...
Have you ever seen a Cat Cracker in person?
Want a surefire bet to be hipper at the Department of Energy? Well, I have no idea. ...
A Safe, Secure Nuclear Future
I am in Russia meeting with business, government and scientific leaders about opportunitie...
Answering Questions About the World's Food Supply
Responding to an article on the world's future food security, readers pose questions about...
A Voice From (and for) the Wilderness
Bruce Babbitt, who served as interior secretary in the Clinton administration, speaks out ...
From a Special-Ed Class, Solar Evangelists
A group of autistic students at a California high school are happily proselytizing for sol...
A Hybrid Power Plant Takes Shape in Turkey
Solar and wind power will supplement natural gas at optimal points during the day at the p...
In a Food Revolution, Fungi as Comrades
In field experiments in Colombia, fungi help plants like rice unlock phosphate in soil, re...
The Keystone XL as Environmental Cudgel
For environmentalists, one dividend of the protracted fight over the pipeline is sowing un...
Brookhaven Lab Captures E. coli’s Sticky Fingers on Film
What turns an ally into an enemy; an innocuous neighbor into an unfriendly, and even a dea...
Can the Yield Gap Be Closed - Sustainably?
It's not just that intensive agriculture causes nitrogen from fertilizer to volatilize int...
Canada Stands Firm on Oil Sands
Oil producers in Canada have several alternatives for reaching the United States market sh...
Secretary Chu Visits Russian Seaport, Checks Out Second Line of Defense Nuclear Detection System
We’ve all seen the movies where errant nuclear material makes its way into the hands of ...
Under Stricter Rules, Dredges Return to Hudson
Under the more stringent rules, General Electric is allowed to cap only 11 to perhaps 20 p...
National Carbon Capture Center Launches Post-Combustion Test Center
Innovation is important to finding ways to make energy cleaner. And testing the ideas and ...
Oil Drilling Off Cuba Raises Specter of What-If
The prospect of a blowout in Cuban waters may give the Obama administration an incentive ...
Take Your Seats at Frostbite Theater
Walking through the heat to get to the office today, I decided this was an ideal time to f...
Reverend Malthus and the Future of Food
By raising the rewards for innovation, won't higher food prices prompt creative efforts b...
A 'Golden Age' for Gas? 2 Caveats
Uncertainty about nuclear power after the Japanese disaster, an anticipated boom in demand...
Questions on Climate Change and the Food Future
Justin Gillis, an environmental science reporter for The Times, is taking reader questions...
Damaging the Earth to Feed Its People
Humans are cultivating almost 40 percent of the land surface of the Earth, and nearly a th...
U.S. Orders Transcanada to Shut Pipeline
After spills, the Department of Transportation declares that the pipeline poses a decisive...
What Tips the Balance Toward a Tornado?
Asking scientists about broader patterns that turn stormy weather into an utter calamity. ...
The Agriculture Chief as Water Advocate
As Iowa governor, Tom Vilsack was a proponent of corn-based ethanol, which drew some criti...
It's In The Hopper: 4,000 Scientific Users Now Working With Supercomputer
The National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) in Berkeley, California, ...
New Construction Jobs Begin as Argonne Builds New Energy Research Facility
America has a long tradition of scientific inquiry and breakthroughs. And Argonne National...
Geek-Up[6.3.2011]: Inked PV, Diagnostic Tools and Tough Microscopes
At Argonne National Laboratory, solar photovoltaics are rolling off the presses. Researche...
Pikas Have Moved to Higher Ground
A new study pikas, rabbit-like mammals that prefer cold weather, shows a rapid rate of mig...
Sketching a New Home for the Buffalo
Seeking a new logo, the Department of Interior turns to crowd-sourcing and gets the public...
A Nimbler, More Energy-Efficient Marine Corps
To reduce the risks and burdens posed by transporting fossil fuels in convoys, the Marines...
10 Questions for a Signature Scientist: Nathan Baker
Meet Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Chief Scientist for Signature Science, Nath...
Team Canada Returns to the Solar Decathlon with First Nation Values in Mind
In honor of the Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon -- which challenges 20 ...
Resourceful Kansas Puts Energy Efficient Technology on Display, Demonstrates Cost-Saving Benefits
It turns out there’s more to harvest in Kansas than just the wheat and soybeans. As o...
Berkeley Lab Creates Superfast Search Engine
Our world is increasingly data-driven, whether we are searching for information on our hom...
House Panel Faults Administration Spill Response
A Republican committee chairman says the administration appeared more concerned about prot...
Stalwarts in China's Water Struggle
n Hubei Province, self-styled guardians of the river have fought many battles to keep the ...
Cities Reach Climate Pact With World Bank
An accord will provide a common way to measure and report on cities' greenhouse gas emissi...
Costs Impede City's Switch to Clean Boiler Fuel
A report recommends giving rent-regulated buildings in New York City priority in any finan...
A Slimmer Package, With Ingenuity to Spare
Pressed cardboard, paper twist ties, shorter wine bottles: manufacturers find inventive wa...
See No Wild Lands, Speak No Wild Lands
The federal government says it will confer with federal managers about lands with wilderne...
Japan Underestimated Tsunami Risk, Report Says
A critical report emerges as the nation's prime minister faces a no-confidence vote in Par...
The Right's Environmental Wish List
Twin measures introduced by Senator David Vitter and Representative Rob Bishop offer a 12-...
Smog Hinders Hong Kong's Hiring Efforts
In a survey, three of four companies said that the city's air quality was making it harder...
Unleashing Rooftop Solar Energy through More Efficient Government
Across the country, the race is on to drive down the cost of solar energy. And a new chall...
Mexico City as a River-Laced Oasis
A local leader in green building sees a revival of the Río Piedad as the first step in cr...
After Killings, Brazil Vows to Confront Amazon Violence
More than 1,000 environmental activists, religious workers, organizers and rural workers h...
Garbage-to-Energy Venture Gains Momentum
Valero is raising its investment in the company Enerkem, which is starting up plants to co...
ScienceCinema Goes International
In February, I wrote to you about ScienceCinema, a multimedia search engine developed by ...
Energy 101: Daylighting
Daylighting takes a simple concept to a new money-saving level in this edition of Energy 1...
On Our Radar: South Korea Investigates Dumping of Agent Orange
A controversy erupts after veterans tell a Phoenix TV station that they were ordered to du...
Payouts Are Crucial to Japan's Nuclear Politics
Eager for the economic benefits, communities seem willing to fight fiercely for nuclear co...
 

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