The greatest need modern civilizations have is energy. Learn about oil, electricity and newer forms of energy like solar and wind power.
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Wind farms are touted for their ability to capture a clean, renewable energy source. Is producing wind energy as beneficial as it seems, or are there any downsides?
By Lance Looper
It's always sunny in low-Earth orbit, so what better place to look for a source of solar energy?
By Jason Major
When it comes to looking to the energy source that will replace fossil fuels, there are no shortage of options.
By Talal Al-Khatib
It's not news that we're spewing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere faster than the planet can deal with it. What is news, however, is that the futuristic technologies being tested to deal with all that CO2.
Amid the deadly gusts of wind and chaotic storms signaling an impending tornado, you rush indoors to a safe place to escape harm's way. But is there a way to actually benefit from that destructive power?
Ever since the big quake swarm started in the Vanuatu area yesterday, I've been itching to do some number crunching to see how much energy the Earth is releasing through these underground ruptures.
By Larry O'Hanlon
Imagine an energy source that was infinite, clean, and completely scalable. It would solve many of the world's problems -- and sounds too good to be true ... right?
What many people consider a precious natural treasure and home to rare and endangered plants and animals – also sits atop an unknown amount of petroleum.
By Eric Niiler
Fossil fuels, including coal, oil and natural gas, supply the bulk of the world's energy demand. Wind, the sun and nuclear energy are ascending sources of power worldwide. Could we tap into the power from earthquakes?
By Talal Al-Khatib
In the face of increasing energy demands and increasingly problematic energy sources, the appeal of using the ocean to generate power is obvious: Water covers more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface, and it's not going anywhere any time soon.
By Julia Layton
Natural gas is a major and essential part of the U.S. energy market, amounting to 25 percent of overall energy use and more than 20 percent of electrical production, according to the New York Times.
When the technology in consumer goods like cell phones improves, we all know about it instantly, because we all use these gadgets. But truthfully, technological improvements in specialized equipment like oil rigs, is probably just as important, if not as reported.