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2012

Surprise Side Effect Of Shale Gas Boom: Coal Boom Overseas

The U.S. is achieving many of the energy goals that it has failed to achieve through policy thanks to cheap natural gas from hydraulic fracturing of shale. Those achievements now include—according to an account on Forbes from Energy Report—70 percent…

How The Nukes Fared During Sandy

Hurricane Sandy brought high winds and high waters to 34 nuclear reactors in the eastern U.S., causing three to shut down and one to issue an alert because of high water levels in its intake structure, according to the Nuclear Regulatory…

Renewable forms of energy are growing far faster than any other form of energy, a BP economist said in Chicago last week, but are unlikely to significantly impact the world's reliance on fossil fuels without continued government interventions, such…

Gas Fracking Spurs Oil Rush

Hydraulic fracturing has made natural gas so plentiful and cheap in the United States that rig operators are opting to drill for oil, a BP economist said in Chicago last night.
In 2011 the United States passed Russia as the world's largest producer…

Stanford's App To Solve Traffic Congestion

Researchers at Stanford University are developing smart-phone applications that give commuters incentives to leave their cars at home, or at least to avoid driving them during rush hour, a Stanford professor said last week in Chicago.
The researchers…

Busting Bus Bunching With Traffic Signals

Transportation officials equipped with increasingly sophisticated technology are considering ways they can use traffic signal-prioritization not just to speed the progress of buses, but to solve bus bunching.
Many cities are plagued by bus bunching…

Why Did Toyota Develop the eQ?

It shouldn't come as too great a surprise that Toyota scaled back plans this week to manufacture the battery-powered eQ city sedan. The question is: why did a carmaker that has always been skeptical of EVs invest in the eQ in the first place?
"The…

ComEd Wants To Know Where You're Charging Your Car

Electric Utility companies want to know where motorists are charging their electric cars—which could mean permit requirements for some chargers or smart-grid applications that alert utilities when a car is being charged.
"You add one of those…

In The Works: New Radiation Monitoring For US Ports

That low-flying helicopter crisscrossing the skies over the San Francisco Bay Area for the next three days is gathering data on background radiation levels, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration.
The crew is collecting data on…

More than 10 years into the job, Bechtel National Inc. has been described as incompetent to complete the $12.2 billion nuclear waste treatment plant at Hanford, Wa., the nation's largest radioactive waste site, according to an internal Department of…