How to make skutterudites with your microwave

The key to saving vast amounts of energy? It's right there on your kitchen counter, say scientists at Oregon State University.

CO2 uptake data casts doubt on climate models

The global uptake of carbon by land plants could be much higher than previously thought, meaning that the carbon cycle models used to predict climate change could be wrong.

Legislator maps out cleantech support

Democratic Arkansas Senator Mark Pryor recently announced the Clean Energy Technology Manufacturing and Export Assistance Act of 2011.

UCSD genomics research goes off grid

A new, "ultra-green" genomics research center is taking shape at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

Carbon War Room boosts building upgrades

A new consortium that could put billions of dollars of clean-energy and energy-efficiency investment into commercial developments in the United States is getting off the ground. 

GE wind turbines take off

Since its May launch, wind power developers have committed a total of $2.7 billion - and placed more than 2 gigawatts (GW) in orders - for the 1.6-100 wind turbine from General Electric (GE). 

Wind power gets a nod from patent office

GE is trying to figure out how to make larger generators and the Obama administration is funding an R&D center in Maine that will make and test giant turbines.

On optofluidics and the future of energy efficiency

Optofluidics - now that's something we haven't really seen before on our virtual pages.

Whales navigate Northwest Passage for first time in thousands of years

Bowhead whales have navigated the Northwest Passage between the Atlantic and Pacific oceans for what could be the first time in nearly 10,000 years.

Internet giants have carbon emission issues

What do Amazon, Netflix, Google and Facebook have in common? 

Gordon Murray debuts Teewave AR.1

Automobile designer Gordon Murray Design and chemical company Toray recently announced the development of a new prototype electric sports car dubbed the Teewave AR.1.

Subways could soon be a source of energy

Subway systems consume enormous amounts of energy. To further complicate things, they usually require energy in short, intense jolts. 

BP tar balls still sitting on ocean floor

Tar balls washed up on the shore of the Gulf of Mexico earlier this month by Tropical Storm Lee show that oil from last year's Deepwater Horizon spill isn't degrading as quickly as expected.

BMW wants to exploit engine heat waste

Internal combustion engines are terribly inefficient machines.

 About 60 percent of the energy generated by an internal combustion engine is lost - half from exhaust heat.

CO2 emissions reach record levels

There's been a sharp rise in global CO2 emissions over the last ten years, despite reductions by industrialized countries.

Battery researchers look to seaweed

Researchers at Clemson University have identified a promising new binder material for lithium-ion battery electrodes that they hope will boost energy storage capacity: seaweed.

Maxximus plans $1 million liquid natural gas car

Speciality car manufacturer Maxximus is in the process of building a $1,000,000 super sports car that runs on liquid natural gas (LNG), something we've usually seen on fleet vehicles.

Team finds 'inexhaustible' source of energy

A couple of grains of salt could be all that's needed to help bacteria produce hydrogen from wastewater or organic byproducts.

Can nanotech cables replace metal wiring?

Could highly conductive nanotube-based cables be just as efficient as traditional metals, and at a sixth of the weight?

Deep oceans store heat from global warming - for a while

The deep oceans can absorb enough heat to mask the effect of global warming for a decade at a time, say scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR).