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Don’t expect the scarcity of fossil fuels to drive us toward alternative energy sources anytime soon: we’re getting smarter about finding and extracting oil.
The U.S. Energy Department’s fuel-recycling initiative could be a distraction from a more achievable goal: reviving today’s nuclear industry and averting some carbon emissions in the short term.
Learning to consciously alter brain activity through MRI feedback could help control pain and other disorders.
The best scientists, scrutinizing atmosphere, ice, earth, and sea, say global warming is approaching a tipping point. But we still have time to keep it from reaching catastrophic levels.
We know where we must go eventually: toward a sustainable energy infrastructure. Why not head there now?
Better technologies exist for extracting coal, a major source of carbon dioxide emissions. The challenge is getting people to adopt them.
Genetically engineered organisms can more efficiently produce ethanol from cheap and abundant sources of biomass, such as agricultural waste. It could make ethanol cost competitive.
Understanding how drugs work has never been easy.
Richard Schrock describes why finding an elusive catalyst could have a surprising impact on energy consumption.