renewable energy
A Newly Identified Photoenzyme Helps Algae Pump Out Fuel
Katarina Zimmer | Feb 1, 2018
The finding could lead to a new way of producing “green” alternatives to fossil fuels.
Professor Sues PNAS Over Paper Criticisms
Kerry Grens | Nov 2, 2017
Stanford’s Mark Jacobson is asking for $10 million in damages after the journal published a critique of his work on renewable energy.
Potential New German Coalition Government Likely to Clash on Energy
Diana Kwon | Sep 27, 2017
After Sunday’s federal election, Chancellor Angela Merkel is faced with political parties that disagree on key scientific and environmental issues.
Science in the State of the Union
Bob Grant | Jan 30, 2014
President Barack Obama gave a nod to research in this week’s address. But was it enough for science advocates?
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.
The Legacy of Kyoto
Dan Cossins | Nov 29, 2012
The Kyoto agreement to reduce global greenhouse gas emissions was flawed, but it provides useful lessons for upcoming climate regulation negotiations.
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
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
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.
The Scientist Staff | Jul 1, 2012
Meet some of the people featured in the July 2012 issue of The Scientist.
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.
Ornithologists Want Windmill Research
Edyta Zielinska | Jun 21, 2012
Researchers call for access to more data from energy companies to find strategies that will limit bird and bat deaths from wind turbines.
Q&A: Debate Over Climate Panel Bias
Jessica P. Johnson | Jul 18, 2011
A climate change writer is concerned over possible bias within an IPCC working group that assesses options for combating climate change.