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Jimmy Carter urges energy reform, again

When it comes to energy policy in the U.S., not very much has changed since President Jimmy Carter declared more than three decades ago that achieving energy independence was "the moral equivalent of war."

Today, Carter had his “I-told-you-so-moment” in testimony on energy policy before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, giving lawmakers a bit of a history lesson (while acknowledging that some of them were also in government then)...

May 12, 2009 — David Biello

Islands of species richness

New Caledonia, a French territory in the South Pacific, is the hottest spot on Earth for biodiversity, says a study in the latest issue of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA ...

May 11, 2009 — David Biello

R.I.P. hydrogen economy? Obama cuts hydrogen car funding

In the newly released budget, the U.S. Department of Energy cuts $100 million from the hydrogen fuel cell program in fiscal year 2010 and transforms its name to "fuel cell technologies." Hydrogen, of course, is just the fuel of a fuel cell—a device that recombines hydrogen and oxygen to produce water and electrical current...

May 8, 2009 — David Biello
How to Live with Ecological Intelligence

How to Live with Ecological Intelligence

ScientificAmerican.com chats with Daniel Goleman, author of the book Ecological Intelligence: How Knowing the Hidden Impacts of What We Buy Can Change Everything

April 27, 2009 — David Biello

Understanding photosynthesis by sequencing two algae genomes

The algae floating in the sea are microscopic plants of great consequence on a global level. They conduct a big chunk of the world's photosynthesis (turning sunlight into chemical energy); they control the carbon cycle (taking in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and locking it away), and they form the base of the ocean's food pyramid, allowing other plants and animals to flourish...

April 9, 2009 — David Biello
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