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Biofuels: Photo Gallery

Biofuels: Photo Gallery

From corn to sugarcane to algae and more, these photos highlight some of the hopes and challenges of the huge and growing biofuel industry. More...

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National Geographic
Burning Biofuels: Comparing Nonrenewable and Renewable Fuels

Burning Biofuels: Comparing Nonrenewable and Renewable Fuels

Calling all pyromaniacs! Here’s your chance to burn stuff — with adult supervision, of course. You'll be burning biofuels and fossil fuels to compare how much energy they release. More...

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Science Buddies
Alternative Fueling Station Locator

Alternative Fueling Station Locator

Where can you buy biodiesel, charge your electric car, or tank up on hydrogen? There are more alternative fuel stations around than you might think. Find one near you. More...

Interactive
Department of Energy
Biofuels

Biofuels

Ethanol and biodiesel are two key biofuels. Here's what you need to know about them. More...

Article
Energy Information Administration
Fueling Change: A Biodiesel Documentary

Fueling Change: A Biodiesel Documentary

Here is the story of Boulder Biodiesel co-founder Martin Stenflo. He started making biodiesel at home from restaurant waste oil, and then he found a lot of other people were interested, too. More...

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Earth Concept Inc
Indiana’s BioTown USA Living Up to Its Name

Indiana’s BioTown USA Living Up to Its Name

Pig poo is helping Reynolds, Indiana demonstrate that an entire town can run on biofuels. More...

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Indiana Public Media
Tequila Gives New Biofuel Crops a Shot

Tequila Gives New Biofuel Crops a Shot

Tequila in the tank? Sort of. Scientists think that biofuel distilled from agave plants would produce less than half the emissions of corn ethanol. Find out more. More...

Article
The Guardian
Cold Fusion: A Case Study for Scientific Behavior

Cold Fusion: A Case Study for Scientific Behavior

Achieving cold fusion for energy could solve the world's energy crisis, but with that kind of pressure, there is a risk of losing objectivity. Explore how science works at its best and worst. More...

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Understanding Science
5 Reasons Cold Fusion Is Bunk

5 Reasons Cold Fusion Is Bunk

If it starts to seem as if cold fusion has been winning over all its critics in recent years, take a look at this. More...

Article
Discovery
Race for Cold Fusion: NASA, MIT, DARPA, and CERN Peer Through the Keyhole

Race for Cold Fusion: NASA, MIT, DARPA, and CERN Peer Through the Keyhole

Are important scientific institutions starting to take cold fusion seriously? As this article shows, even NASA and MIT aren’t ignoring it. More...

Article
WIRED
Cold Fusion Is Hot Again

Cold Fusion Is Hot Again

Could cold fusion lead to cars that only need refueling every four years? Watch a prominent physicist get won over by the new research. More...

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CNET News
Steven Cowley: Fusion Is Energy’s Future

Steven Cowley: Fusion Is Energy’s Future

Here’s what's involved in generating fusion energy the conventional way, in a reactor heated to tens of millions of degrees. You can see why cold fusion generated so much excitement. More...

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TED
What Happened to Cold Fusion?

What Happened to Cold Fusion?

In this video from 2011, a scientist from a respected research institute says cold fusion experiments have produced better results than hot fusion experiments. More...

Video
Cafe Scientifique
DOE’s Patricia Hoffman Lays Out Her Vision for the Smart Grid

DOE’s Patricia Hoffman Lays Out Her Vision for the Smart Grid

Representing the U.S. Department of Energy, engineer Patricia Hoffman discusses how to meet consumer expectations and provide a reliable electricity system for years to come, even after natural disasters. More...

Article
Department of Energy
Ideas to Bolster Power Grid Run Up Against the System’s Many Owners

Ideas to Bolster Power Grid Run Up Against the System’s Many Owners

The U.S. power transmission network has 500 separate owners, making it complicated and unwieldy. Overcoming the hurdles to redesign it are even more complicated — and costly. Can it be fixed? More...

Article
New York Times
Smart Grid

Smart Grid

Our century-old electrical grid isn't equipped to handle current energy-hungry demands. Watch to discover the plans for a more efficient "smart grid" that can also help combat climate change. More...

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NOVA/PBS
What Is the Smart Grid?

What Is the Smart Grid?

Explore plans for the Smart Grid: digital controls, computers, automation, and new technologies and equipment working together with the electrical grid to respond to the quickly changing electric demands. More...

Interactive
Department of Energy
Solar Power

Solar Power

Enough solar energy hits the planet every hour to produce electricity for everyone on earth for an entire year. Collecting it is the challenge. More...

Video
NOVA/PBS
Solar Boat Harnessed for Research

Solar Boat Harnessed for Research

Solar-powered planes and boats may never quite replace current models, but there are benefits (research and practical) with these newer approaches to older methods of transport. More...

Video
New York Times
Nuclear Power

Nuclear Power

Tour the only nuclear power plant being built in the U.S. today and find out what happened to a technology that once promised unlimited clean energy. More...

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America Revealed/PBS
10 Pros and Cons of Nuclear Power

10 Pros and Cons of Nuclear Power

What will nuclear energy give us? An end to global warming? Prosperity? Or accidents, toxic waste, and nuclear bombs? The debate rages on. More...

Interactive
Discovery
Map: U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

Map: U.S. Nuclear Power Plants

See how many U.S. nuclear power plants have safety problems. Then find the link to a second map, which shows how much of your state's energy is nuclear. More...

Interactive
Frontline/PBS
Nuclear Fission: Nuclear Power

Nuclear Fission: Nuclear Power

In a nutshell, here's how uranium replaces coal, oil, and gas as fuel for a power plant. A pellet of uranium releases 2 million times more energy than the same amount of coal. More...

Article
BBC
Renewable Wind

Renewable Wind

Wind is clean, it's renewable, and already it generates enough electricity in the U.S. to power some 12 million homes. But sometimes it doesn't blow. Can we rely on wind? More...

Article
U.S. Energy Information Administration
How Do Wind Turbines Work?

How Do Wind Turbines Work?

You'll get a good look inside a wind turbine with this interactive resource. And you'll learn even more from the video at the bottom of the page. More...

Interactive
U.S. Department of Energy
Restoring Mangroves May Prove Cheap Way to Cool Climate

Restoring Mangroves May Prove Cheap Way to Cool Climate

Mangrove forests absorb carbon dioxide at a remarkable rate. So saving and restoring these ecosystems may help offset climate change. More...

Article
Scientific American
Rotten Truth (About Garbage)

Rotten Truth (About Garbage)

Since matter can't be destroyed, neither can garbage. That's why recycling and composting are so important. More...

Article
ASTC & Smithsonian
A Crust of Dust

A Crust of Dust

When the soil in the desert is damaged, dust storms swirl and cause all sorts of unfortunate consequences to humans and the environment. Investigate why this ecology shouldn’t be treated like dirt. More...

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Scientific American