Kate Baggaley
at 09:56 AM Aug 8 2016
Energy // 

Normally, fire whirls are one natural phenomenon you'd want to stay well clear of. When these flaming maelstroms develop in the wild, they are catastrophically dangerous. But scientists are attempting to harness their power in the lab. In a new experiment, engineers at the University of Maryland in College Park ignited a tiny fire whirl and were able to transform it into a new kind of blaze. This “blue whirl” burns nearly soot-free, and may be able to produce energy with low amounts of pollution, or offer a new tool to clean up oil spills.

Meaghan Lee Callaghan
at 10:42 AM Jul 6 2016
Energy // 

A Mississippi “clean coal” power plant which received hundreds of thousands of dollars in federal subsidies is facing an investigation by the Securities and Exchange commission, the branch of the government that manages laws surrounding stocks and markets, according to a new report from the New York Times.

Meaghan Lee Callaghan
at 11:51 AM Jul 1 2016
Energy // 

Renewables, nuclear and carbon capture and storage technology will be on the table to help North Americans meet their goal of 50 percent clean, emissions-free energy by 2025.

Jeremy Deaton
at 11:07 AM Jun 3 2016
Energy // 

Energy officials from the world's largest economies are meeting in San Francisco with the aim of accelerating the shift to zero-carbon power. Today, they announced a new campaign that will grease the wheels for businesses to buy into renewable energy.

Mary Beth Griggs
at 11:19 AM May 25 2016
Energy // 

The sun gives us so much, providing both lighting and heating for our planet. We try to take advantage of this constant stream of power by using solar panels to convert light into electrical energy. It's a bright idea. But, could we be harnessing more of the sun?

Lindsey Kratochwill
at 09:36 AM May 16 2016
Energy // 

MIT Technology Review reports that the U.S. could be closer to implementing a new type of nuclear plant known as the small modular reactor. This month, the Tennessee Valley Authority is slated to apply for a permit to build a small modular reactor at Clinch River. Clinch River is the same site the TVA developed for $1 billion in the 1970s for the Clinch River Breeder Reactor. In 1983, the project was abandoned.

Dave Gershgorn
at 08:35 AM Apr 22 2016
Energy // 

Smartphones, tablets, and most other electronics rely on rechargeable batteries, but after a few thousand uses the batteries start to lose their ability to hold a charge. The batteries of today are mainly lithium, and over time that lithium corrodes inside the battery.

 
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