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Poll: Canadians Overestimate Value Of Oil Sands

Poll: Canadians Overestimate Value Of Oil Sands

Jul 07, 2014 at 16:53 | Andy Tully

A new poll by an environmental group indicates that Canadians, evidently persuaded by Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, appear to have an inflated view of the economic benefits their…

U.S. Urges Energy Companies To Be On Guard Against Russian Cyberattacks

U.S. Urges Energy Companies To Be On Guard Against Russian Cyberattacks

Jul 04, 2014 at 14:51 | Andy Tully

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is urging operators of the country’s critical infrastructure to check their computers carefully against the possibility they’ve been infected with malicious software from…

Princeton Chemist Turns Poisonous CO2 Into Usable Fuel

Princeton Chemist Turns Poisonous CO2 Into Usable Fuel

Jul 04, 2014 at 14:48 | Andy Tully

For years the human race has been kidding itself that it can warehouse toxic energy byproducts. Even storing them underground in remote U.S. deserts has shown to be less…

Texas Set To Overtake Iraq In Oil Production

Texas Set To Overtake Iraq In Oil Production

Jul 03, 2014 at 15:54 | Andy Tully

America’s increasing reliance on hydraulic fracturing to recover energy trapped in shale will soon lead Texas to generate more oil than Iraq, OPEC’s No. 2 producer.Texas produced just…

All Aboard China’s New Supercapacitor Tram

All Aboard China’s New Supercapacitor Tram

Jul 03, 2014 at 15:52 | Andy Tully

The southern Chinese city of Guangzhou is set to inaugurate the world’s first tram powered solely by supercapacitors, eliminating the need for unsightly overhead wires.Supercapacitors store electrical…

Energy Report Deals Blow To Scottish Independence Drive

Energy Report Deals Blow To Scottish Independence Drive

Jul 02, 2014 at 15:04 | Andy Tully

Already, supporters of Scotland’s independence from the United Kingdom had their work cut out for them. And now data published June 30 by the British Biological Survey (BGS) shows that…

Fuels Of The Future Could Be Much More Efficient

Fuels Of The Future Could Be Much More Efficient

Jul 02, 2014 at 15:01 | Andy Tully

You know how combustion works, right? Strike a match on a rough surface, or shoot a spark at a volatile gas. Pfft! You have flame.But with flame comes…

N.Y. Ruling Could Lead To Fracking Bans Elsewhere In U.S.

N.Y. Ruling Could Lead To Fracking Bans Elsewhere In U.S.

Jul 01, 2014 at 14:56 | Andy Tully

Town officials in New York say they hope a ruling by the state’s top court will inspire cities elsewhere in the country to resist efforts to use hydraulic fracturing, or…

Researchers Break Temperature Record on Superconductors

Researchers Break Temperature Record on Superconductors

Jul 01, 2014 at 14:53 | Andy Tully

Conventional superconductors can feed electricity with very little resistance and therefore can conduct electricity far more efficiently than ordinary copper. The downside: Superconductors don’t work well unless they’re cooled to…

Lawyers For Gulf Spill Victims Say BP Trying To Renege On Payments

Lawyers For Gulf Spill Victims Say BP Trying To Renege On Payments

Jun 30, 2014 at 16:21 | Andy Tully

Lawyers for claimants in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill are dismissing BP’s effort to force the repayment of hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation as merely one…

Tofu: Not Just For Dinner Anymore

Tofu: Not Just For Dinner Anymore

Jun 30, 2014 at 16:09 | Andy Tully

Compared to meat, tofu is a more healthful, cheaper, and less environmentally damaging food protein, and now researchers have discovered it also contains an ingredient that could replace a highly…

Russian Citizens May Help Pay For Pipeline To China

Russian Citizens May Help Pay For Pipeline To China

Jun 27, 2014 at 16:11 | Andy Tully

Russia’s 30-year, $400 billion gas deal with China can’t get started until Russia develops more gas fields and both countries build pipelines on their territories, and Russian citizens may have…

2,000-Year Old Wind Technology Gets An Update

2,000-Year Old Wind Technology Gets An Update

Jun 27, 2014 at 16:05 | Andy Tully

The ancient Greek mathematician and engineer Heron of Alexandria designed the earliest known wind turbine in the first century AD. For all that’s happened in the ensuing two millennia, his…

Dimples Are Cute, But Can They Also Save Fuel?

Dimples Are Cute, But Can They Also Save Fuel?

Jun 26, 2014 at 15:04 | Andy Tully

Golf balls aren’t dimpled for mere cosmetic reasons. The pattern of tiny divots actually reduces drag by cutting air resistance in half.But no matter how powerful your swing,…

U.S. Eases Longtime Ban On Oil Exports

U.S. Eases Longtime Ban On Oil Exports

Jun 25, 2014 at 16:15 | Andy Tully

For the first time in almost 40 years, the U.S. Commerce Department has given two American companies permission to export ultralight oil, known as condensate.The beneficiaries of the…

Elevated And Levitated Transport Pods Get Trial Run

Elevated And Levitated Transport Pods Get Trial Run

Jun 25, 2014 at 16:07 | Andy Tully

A California company is getting ready to test a new form of elevated train at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) that could lead to a revolution in mass transit in –…

Greenpeace On Defense After Harsh Report

Greenpeace On Defense After Harsh Report

Jun 24, 2014 at 15:22 | Andy Tully

The global environmental group Greenpeace has acknowledged that it has made some serious financial mistakes recently but says that doesn’t mean it has lost its integrity.One of the…

Proposed New Oil Sands Pipeline Draws Opponents

Proposed New Oil Sands Pipeline Draws Opponents

Jun 24, 2014 at 15:20 | Andy Tully

Environmentalists, opposition politicians and First Nations leaders are uniting in criticizing the Conservative government of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for giving conditional approval to Enbridge Inc. to build the…

Solar Cell Efficiency Theoretically Doubled

Solar Cell Efficiency Theoretically Doubled

Jun 24, 2014 at 15:17 | Andy Tully

Solar cells are only capable of converting less than one-third of the solar energy they collect into electricity. Now Sharp Electronics has come up with a prototype…

U.S. Shale Operations Cushioning ‘Iraq Effect’ On Oil Prices

U.S. Shale Operations Cushioning ‘Iraq Effect’ On Oil Prices

Jun 23, 2014 at 16:01 | Andy Tully

The rise in crude oil extraction from shale in the United States has been lessening the effect of the fighting in Iraq on the price of oil, according to some…

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