Experimenting with plant lignin as a replacement for lithium and other metals, scientists create a rechargeable battery--but much work lies ahead to translate it into a usable power source...
The rise of direct current using devices and direct current generation have some rethinking the use of alternating current in the grid
The U.K. is grappling with how to get rid of weapons-grade plutonium and may employ a novel reactor design to consume it
The shot represents a milepost in an effort to get past the break-even point- ignition -in coaxing fusion energy from a tiny frozen fuel pellet
One of the promises of renewable energy is its ability to displace polluting fossil fuels, but is it fulfilling that pledge? David Biello reports
Both traditional and new U.S. industries will have to increase energy efficiency if the nation is to retain its global position as a leading manufacturer
Drilling for natural gas and storing CO2 deep underground may be headed for a collision
A new finding comes amid a debate about the carbon footprint of the oil sands generally. Emissions released from burning them still would be small compared with those from burning coal and natural gas...
If the old SimCity could nurture a generation of urban planners, perhaps its newest rendition will inspire tomorrow's natural resource managers and environmental engineers
Snails are joining beetles and cockroaches among living creatures to have been "electrified," for possible battery-free military applications
The U.S. government aims to improve energy production from renewables to oil, but what does that mean in practice?
Scientific American editor David Biello takes us through newly released audio from the first week of the nuclear meltdown crisis at Fukushima Daiichi
Newly released audio takes us through the first week of the nuclear meltdown at Fukushima Daiichi on this first anniversary of the crisis. David Biello reports
The U.S. has reactors of the same designs that melted down at Fukushima Daiichi, but regulators hope changes could prevent a repeat of Japan's nuclear crisis
Data centers powered by biogas and solar energy could make Apple's Cloud cleaner. Larry Greenemeier reports
Buildings that produce as much energy on-site as they consume are becoming more common
The March meeting of the American Physical Society brought together thousands of researchers from around the world
Satellite data could warn of incoming air pollution.
Japan still struggles with the effects of a powerful earthquake, devastating tsunami and multiple meltdowns at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant
The Fukushima evacuation zone raises the issue of what would happen during an evacuation in heavily populated U.S. metropolises during a nuclear meltdown