Tag: Energy

Harvesting energy from sunlight

What if there were a two-for-one sale on kilowatts? Your power bill would be cut in half — not a bad result for your monthly…

A New Source of Natural Gas

The name “natural gas” might be a puzzle. After all, how could there be such a thing as unnatural gas? The reason we call natural…

The Bridge Fuel

To a geologist like me, it was most notable by its absence in the political campaigns that lurched to their conclusions in November. I’m talking…

Heat Long Puzzled Science

Hot enough for you? I’ve been thinking about heat lately, and not just because of the nation’s mostly torrid weather. We all can easily verify…

Axing a Lot of Nuclear Power Plants

Energy is the lifeblood of modern economies and there’s no more amazingly useful form of energy than electricity. That’s why I was initially startled to…

Doing More with Less on the Road

Between the debt-ceiling kerfuffle and Hurricane Irene, you may have missed two bits of summertime news that will be important for what we drive in…

Stepping Back From Dam Power

Just over a century ago, when William Howard Taft was president and I was a young woman, an entrepreneur named Thomas Aldwell started building a…

Fighting the Law and Saving Money

The laws of physical science teach us we can neither create nor destroy energy. But it’s also a simple fact that we can surely waste…

Let the Buyer Beware

Those of us who have been around the block a few times will remember the last time gasoline hit $4 per gallon a new industry…

Energy’s Bottom Line

I’m trained in geology, but I don’t work in the energy industry. That means I’m an interested bystander on the sidelines of the energy game,…

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