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Whither the Oil Age? 150 years of black gold

The American age of oil began 150 years ago today. Or, if you prefer the phrasing of President George W. Bush, the U.S. addiction to oil can be traced back to the original pusher "Colonel" Edwin Drake who began producing oil from the first commercial well near Titusville, Pa., (about 100 miles north of Pittsburgh)...

August 27, 2009 — David Biello

New solar-cell efficiency record set

Here's a seemingly simple solar power fact*: the sun bathes Earth with enough energy in one hour (4.3 x 10 20 joules) to more than fill all of humanity's present energy use in a year (4.1 x 10 20 joules)...

August 27, 2009 — David Biello

Chevron plans to pump oil with solar power

Chevron will tap sunlight to help it get more oil out of the ground in California. The company will partner with BrightSource Energy—a solar start-up that Chevron helps fund—to develop 29 megawatts of thermal power from the sun's rays...

August 24, 2009 — David Biello

Bat Killer: White-Nose Syndrome [Video]

Since it was first observed in New York in 2006, a bat-killing infection known as white-nose syndrome has spread across the eastern seaboard. More than a million bats of six different species have perished so far and infected caverns continue to be discovered...

August 21, 2009 — David Biello

Synthetic biology advance: Genome transferred between two bacteria via yeast

Microbes can be resistant to genetic engineering. There's simply not enough DNA in some of them to permit significant alteration. But by building a bacterial genome inside yeast—a more complex and information-rich eukaryote that is one of mankind's oldest genetic engineering projects—scientists have successfully created new, synthetic bacterial strains, according to a paper published today in Science...

August 20, 2009 — David Biello

Renewable energy also better for workers' health

Mining is the second most dangerous occupation in the U.S., averaging roughly 27 deaths for every 100,000 workers per year. That's nearly nine times higher than the overall fatality rate for U.S...

August 18, 2009 — David Biello
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