Energy Production

The greatest need modern civilizations have is energy. Learn about oil, electricity and newer forms of energy like solar and wind power.

Energy has been on everybody's minds lately, probably because our society is in a transition period, trying to move from polluting sources to cleaner ones.

Let's take a quick second to talk about what a deep-sea oil scanner does. It sends out a laser beam toward whatever needs to be scanned underwater -- usually an oil rig and the surrounding sea floor

Americans have been using natural gas for decades. It fuels homes and factories, powers our appliances and goes into making products like antifreeze, medicine and explosives. Since 1949, its use and domestic production have risen each year.

Did you know that the sun shines more energy onto the Earth's surface than all of its inhabitants use in an entire year? Keep reading to learn How to Sell Electricity Back to the Grid.

Call it, green, clean or renewable; Henry County, Ill., has effectively used alternative energy to spur economic development.

From devastating tsunamis to being pulled by the current while swimming at the beach, we are innately familiar with the force and power of moving water. However, is hydro power the future of energy?

The world is growing at an amazing rate. Currently, the Earth’s population is growing by 60,000 people every eight hours -- that’s two children born every second somewhere around the globe.

Solar Roadways is a company with an ambitious vision for a new energy future: to replace all concrete and asphalt surfaces. How will solar roadways work?

Could cities be powered by our bodies? Check out this amazing graphic to learn about the future of power and discover if cities can be powered by our bodies.

The generating capacity of modern civilization's power grids might seen mighty, but it's nothing compared to the energy expended by forces of nature. Check out this amazing graphic, Mother Nature and the Grid: Nature's Power.

A megacity is a city with more than 10 million inhabitants. Check out the amazing graphic that shows the Rise of Megacities: The Future Illustrated.

How much do you know about the history of energy? Check out this awesome graphic that explains the History of Energy.

Rapidly advancing technology during the past few decades has changed how we work, how we entertain ourselves, and how we connect with one another. Now advances in technology promise to improve how we drive.

There's a short and long answer to this question, and they both start the same way. If you came looking for the short answer, a succinct, unequivocal 'No' will do. If you're interested in the longer one, you'll need the basic background info first.

Coal dominates the power industry in the U.S., producing nearly half of all electricity consumed in the country.

From locating new reserves to analyzing crude as it's refined, the oil and gas industry utilizes computer technology at every step of the way.

When people talk about energy and natural gas, opinions differ. Is it harmful to the environment, or the last great clean energy source?

If you're interested in saving money by switching to natural gas to heat your home and power your appliances, you may have to have a gas line installed to bring it to your door.

In 2010, a West Virginia coal mine collapse and a massive oil spill in the Gulf have renewed people's interest in other energy sources, like natural gas.

Extremophiles are tiny microbes that are able to thrive in hot, salty and even acidic or gaseous environments that would kill other forms of life.

For most people, electricity is a fairly abstract idea. It is produced somewhere far away, transported into our homes via lines that are ubiquitous to the point of being invisible, and switched on and off without second thought.

Remember those orange juice commercials? The ones where people tried to poke a rolling orange with a straw?

Under our toes, a wealth of gas exists that burns clean and could wean the U.S. off energy dependence. But getting to it is a bit tricky.

As the global climate change crisis mounts and the global population has surpassed 7 billion, the search for plentiful, environmentally-friendly energy has taken on new urgency.

Alternative energy isn't so "alternative" anymore. It's in the news, on political platforms, atop roofs and filling gas tanks, and the options have grown enough to change the conversation: It's not whether we want it, but which kind we want.