energy
Obama Calls for Clean Energy Boost
Obama Calls for Clean Energy Boost
Bob Grant | Mar 18, 2013
The President wants to devote $2 billion to research that might wean America off of oil.
Energy Secretary to Step Down
Energy Secretary to Step Down
Dan Cossins | Feb 4, 2013
After a 4-year stretch as US Energy Secretary, during which he fought to fund research on clean energy technology, Steven Chu has announced his resignation.
Obama's Science Report Card
The Scientist Staff | Oct 1, 2012
A look at what the President achieved during his first term in the areas of health, space science, energy, environment, and science education
Eco-friendly Flush
Jef Akst | Aug 17, 2012
A solar-powered toilet that converts human waste into electricity snags first place—and $100,000—at the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge.
Better Biofuel Crops
Better Biofuel Crops
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 1, 2012
One way to increase biofuel production is to engineer plants that can withstand harsh environmental conditions, thereby expanding the range in which such crops can be grown. 
Biofuels by the Numbers
Biofuels by the Numbers
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 1, 2012
Of the many available no- or low-carbon methods to harvest energy, including wind, geothermal, hydroelectric, and solar approaches, conversion of plant biomass to liquid fuels is the most cost-effective strategy.
Growing Better Biofuel Crops
Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville | Jul 1, 2012
Research is underway to reduce the use of food crops for biofuels by shifting to dedicated energy crops and agricultural residues.
How Green Is My Lab?
Jeffrey M. Perkel | Jul 1, 2011
Doing science sustainably
DOE science funding at risk
Bob Grant | Jun 20, 2011
The US government's energy research efforts may be hobbled by budget cuts.