U.S. Department of Energy

5 'Life Audits' That Will Save You Money

Saving money doesn't have to be about hunting tirelessly for coupons or depriving yourself of small pleasures. Instead, make it about taking stock of …

Personal Finance

Puerto Rico to sell off crippled power utility PREPA

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Puerto Rico said on Monday it would sell off its troubled power utility to the private sector, saying the process could take roughly 18 months to complete.<p>The Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA) has yet to recover fully from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria, …


Electrons in the water

It's a popular tradition to throw coins into fountains in the hopes of having wishes granted. But what would happen if you could "throw" electrons …


Climate researchers press Trudeau to renew Canadian Arctic research program

The Canadian government should renew funding for a soon-to-end Arctic climate and atmospheric research program, a group of more than 250 …

Northern Canada

On the rebound

Our bodies have a remarkable ability to heal from broken ankles or dislocated wrists. Now, a new study has shown that some nanoparticles can also …


New chancellor to deliver first State of SUNY address

The chancellor of New York's public university system will deliver her first State of the University address since taking over in September.<p>Kristina …


Data shows solar energy really is a leading American job creator

The rapid expansion of solar energy over the past few years has created hundreds of thousands of well-paying American jobs. The most recent National …

Renewable Energy

Man Hacked Computers and Recorded Young People Having Sex, Police Say

(CLEVELAND) — Authorities say a computer hacker in Ohio spied on people, companies and even a police department, sometimes using cameras and …


Mounting Evidence Suggests We Were Wrong About Concussions And CTE

Concussions aren't the cause.


NASA Runs Successful First Tests of Compact Nuclear Reactor for Mars Base

If humans have any hope of sticking around on Mars for longer than a few days, they’ll need some form of power to sustain themselves. A successful …


What a federal government shutdown would mean in Chicago

You could still fly out of O’Hare or Midway. Your mail would show up. And you wouldn’t be turned away from a Veterans Administration hospital or clinic.<p>But if the federal government partially shuts down beginning Saturday, an array of services in the Chicago area would grind to a halt. And …


How NASA Might Sustain Life on Mars and the Moon Using Mini Nuclear Reactors

Getting to Mars is one challenge, but figuring out how to live there, even for a little while, is another massive hurdle.<p>But NASA is on the case. The …


Bio-Renewable Process Could Help 'Green' Plastic

NewsScientists are trying to take the pliable nature of plastic in another direction, developing new and renewable ways of creating plastics from …


Detect locally, protect globally

When infectious diseases strike, the World Health Organization acts swiftly, coordinating with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention …


Intel Inside: Why I Sold Intel And Bought IBM

Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, is untrustworthy.<p>These CPU and lawsuit issues will linger and hurt the bottom line.<p>IBM has reinvented itself and is …


Photographer Fired for Leaking Pictures of Rick Perry Meeting with Coal Executive

Imagine you are a member of Donald Trump's Cabinet who held a meeting with an executive from an industry you nominally regulate. Months later, you …

Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Cyber Week in Review: January 19, 2018

This week: deterring cyberattacks with nukes, getting a foothold in China's tech market, and reauthorizing section 702.<p>Here is a quick round-up of …

International Relations

How a Small Nuclear Reactor Could Power a Colony on Mars or Beyond (Op-Ed)

<i>Patrick McClure is the Kilopower project lead at the U.S. Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. David Poston is the</i> …


Is 3-D printing the key to sustainable manufacturing?

Midway through a long flight over the ocean, the last thing on anyone’s mind is the manufacturing process behind the plane’s engines and airframe …


Wind And Solar Energies Could Peter Out If Transmission Grid Is Not Expanded

The corporate world is a central mover behind the buildout of new wind and solar installations — a drive that could be threatened, however, by insufficient infrastructure: A just released report by the Wind Energy Foundation says that as much as 51,000 megawatts of renewable energy could fail to …

Renewable Energy

Fuel Cell Technologies Office: 2017 Recap and Year Ahead

Dear Friends of the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Fuel Cell Technologies Office,<p>As 2018 begins, I'd like to wish you a Happy New Year and offer …


Pigments in oil paintings linked to artwork degradation

Recently, a scientific collaboration led by researchers at The Met, the University of Delaware, and the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven …


Buying an appliance? Here’s how to get the best bargain.

Unlike buying most other big-ticket items, a lot can go wrong with appliance purchases.<p>If your new tablet doesn’t work, you can just return it and get a replacement. But you can’t easily tote your new defective refrigerator back to the store, plus most consumers need help with delivery and …


U.S. expected to become net exporter of natural gas for first time in decades

The U.S. could become a net exporter of natural gas in 2018 for the first time since 1957, thanks to increased natural gas exports to Mexico, LNG …

Chemical Engineering

New Report Highlights Progress and Growth Potential of Solar Industry

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Renewable Energy

More “settled science” – Unexpected environmental source of methane discovered

<i>Some nitrogen-fixing microorganisms contain an enzyme for the simultaneous production of ammonia and methane</i><p>UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON HEALTH …


WVU partners to make marketable products from shale gas

MORGANTOWN — West Virginia University has partnered with the National Energy Technology Laboratory, the University of Pittsburgh and Shell to develop …

Chemical Engineering

Natural gas is energy's new king — but how long will it reign? California may offer some clues

Natural gas has overtaken coal as the nation’s No. 1 source of electricity and the gap appears to be getting wider each year.<p>Even in California, …


Hedging Helps Ensure Surging Appalachia Natural Gas Production

Natural gas prices have been trapped in the historically low winter range of $2.60 to $3.10 per MMBtu for prompt month contract for many weeks now. The past week, however, February contract was up 13%, to close at $3.20 on Friday.<p>The clear lid on the U.S. gas market is surging production. Although …

Tom Wolf

Can hackers turn out the lights? Xcel is guarding against it

Xcel Energy and other utility companies are beefing up their security operations to guard against cyberattacks.