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Apr. 22, 2015 — Gas hydrate is also known as the ice that burns. And all that burns releases energy. And a lot of energy is stored in hydrates and there are gigatons of it stored in the sediments of the ... read more

Apr. 21, 2015 — A seismology team finds that high volumes of wastewater injection combined with saltwater (brine) extraction from natural gas wells is the most likely cause of earthquakes near Azle, Texas, from late ... read more

Apr. 16, 2015 — By combining biocompatible light-capturing nanowire arrays with select bacterial populations, a potentially game-changing new artificial photosynthesis system offers a win/win situation for the ... read more

Burying the Climate Change Problem

Apr. 13, 2015 — Burying the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide, a byproduct of burning fossil fuels, has been mooted as one geoengineering approach to ameliorating climate change. Now, a team of researchers has reviewed ... read more

New Material Could Boost Batteries' Power, Help Power Plants

Apr. 10, 2015 — You're going to have to think very small to understand something that has the potential to be very big. A team of researchers has developed a material that acts as a superhighway for ions. The ... read more

Apr. 10, 2015 — Through the laws of physics and application of a mathematical model of fluid mechanics, a new software calculates when an irregularity occurs on site of a gas, oil or water pipe. The software is ... read more

Research Could Usher in Next Generation of Batteries, Fuel Cells

Apr. 10, 2015 — Scientists have made a discovery that could dramatically improve the efficiency of batteries and fuel cells. The research involves improving the transport of oxygen ions, a key component in ... read more

Apr. 10, 2015 — Researchers have made a significant breakthrough in the development of synthetic pathways that will enable renewable biosynthesis of the gas propane. This research is part of a program of work aimed ... read more

Increased Levels of Radon in Pennsylvania Homes Correspond to Onset of Fracking

Apr. 9, 2015 — Researchers say that levels of radon in Pennsylvania homes -- where 42 percent of readings surpass what the U.S. government considers safe -- have been on the rise since 2004, around the time that ... read more

Apr. 8, 2015 — Refining natural gas into an easy-to-transport, easy-to-store liquid so far has been a challenge. But now, a new material is making this process a little ... read more

How Unwanted CDs and DVDs Could Help Cut Carbon Emissions

Apr. 8, 2015 — Now that most consumers download and stream their movies and music, more and more CDs and DVDs will end up in landfills or be recycled. But soon these discarded discs could take on a different role: ... read more

Fracking Fluids Contain Potentially Harmful Compounds If Leaked Into Groundwater

Apr. 8, 2015 — The organic chemicals in fracking fluid have been uncovered in two new studies, providing a basis for water contamination testing and future regulation. The research reveals that fracking fluid ... read more

Making Oil Easier to Manage: Scientists Manage to Reduce Viscosity of Heavy Oil by 90%

Apr. 8, 2015 — A multidisciplinary scientific team improved the physical properties of heavy and extra heavy oil as viscosity, surface tension and density by applying chemicals. The purpose is to facilitate its ... read more

New Report Identifies Possible Next Steps in US Energy Development

Apr. 7, 2015 — The social, political, technical and environmental components of a methane economy have just been identified. The new report also addresses how industry, government and the public might best work ... read more

Shifts in Electricity Generation Spur Net Job Growth, but Coal Jobs Decline

Apr. 7, 2015 — In four years following the 2008 recession, the US coal industry lost more than 49,000 jobs, while the natural gas, solar, and wind industries together created nearly four times that amount, ... read more

Study of Vehicle Emissons Will Aid Urban Sustainability Efforts

Apr. 6, 2015 — Researchers have created DARTE (Database of Road Transportation Emissions), a new U.S. nationwide data inventory that can help to provide this crucial ... read more

Apr. 6, 2015 — Unlike other hydrogen fuel production methods that rely on highly processed sugars, the team used dirty biomass -- the husks and stalks of corn plants -- to create their fuel. This not only reduces ... read more

Natural Oil Dispersion Mechanism Found for Deep-Ocean Blowout

Apr. 2, 2015 — A first-of-its-kind study observed how oil droplets are formed and measured their size under high pressure. They further simulated how the atomized oil spewing from the Macondo well reached the ... read more

Plowing Prairies for Grains: Biofuel Crops Replace Grasslands Nationwide, U.S. Study Shows

Apr. 2, 2015 — Clearing grasslands to make way for biofuels may seem counterproductive, but researchers show that crops, including the corn and soy commonly used for biofuels, expanded onto 7 million acres of new ... read more

Researchers See Drop in Methane Emissions from Natural Gas Local Distribution Systems

Mar. 31, 2015 — Methane emissions from local natural gas distribution systems in cities and towns throughout the US have decreased in the past 20 years with significant variation by region. A new study provides the ... read more

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