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  • New biofuels recipe: iron with a pinch of palladium

    Scientists have combined iron and palladium to form a new catalyst for converting biomass into fuels fit for today's gas tanks. It's part of an effort to make biofuels more energy dense, and therefore more competitive with fossil fuels. 

  • What do Iraq, Syria, and Ukraine have in common?

    Jockeying for oil and natural gas resources are one component of the conflicts in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, and elsewhere. A deep reduction in fossil fuel consumption wouldn't make these conflicts disappear, Cobb writes, but they might make them far less dangerous.

October 20, 2014

Photos of the day 10/20

Students from St. Andrews University are covered in foam as they take part in the traditional 'Raisin Weekend' at St Andrews in Scotland. The weekend, which begins on Sunday, involves rituals for new students, culminating in a foam fight.

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  • Why Kobane matters; Ukraine braces for cold; Nobel-worthy light [Recharge]

    If the Islamic State wins the fight for Kobane, it will expand its access to the black markets it needs to smuggle oil. The US and other Western partners are in Ukraine helping the country prepare for a winter without Russian gas. The inventors of efficient LEDs take home a major prize. Catch up on the latest in global energy with Recharge.  

  • Electric cars have batteries. Why not power plants?

    A Southern California Edison wind-powered plant offers a peek at the potential for energy storage at power plants. Energy storage would allow utilities to bring more renewable energy power plants onto the grid.

  • Oil prices keep falling. Why that's bad news for Russia.

    Oil prices continue to plummet on steady supply and weak demand across the globe. With oil revenue accounting for around half of Russia's budget, the drop in oil prices is bad news for the Kremlin.

  • CN train derailment: petroleum cars catch fire in Saskatchewan

    CN train derailment in Saskatchewan caused petroleum distillate to ignite, forcing about 50 people to evacuate from a nearby community. The CN train derailment comes in the wake of recent high-profile oil train accidents.

  • Nobel Prize for physics: How LEDs change the world (+video)

    The Nobel Prize for physics was awarded Tuesday to the inventors of blue light-emitting diodes (LEDs). The Nobel-winners' creation is already transforming everyday devices in the developed world, and are bringing cheaper, better light to those who don't have it.

  • California drought: Why less water equals less power

    California's prolonged drought is shrinking its water reservoirs, cutting into the state's electricity generation. That’s because California sources a significant portion of its electricity generation from hydropower, so less precipitation means less electricity. 

  • Is wearable tech the next big thing in energy?

    Smartphones and their apps have already been doing great things for users managing their energy, and it looks like smart watches and other wearable technologies could offer added benefits. Wearable tech opens up energy management opportunities at home, at the office, and elsewhere.

  • Ukraine gas talks stall; Oil prices slide; A step toward 'clean coal' [Recharge]

    Gas talks between Russia, Ukraine, and the EU are at a standstill as Ukraine prepares for winter; Oil prices continue their slide on stable supply and weakening demand; A Canadian utility opens the world's first commercial-scale carbon capture and storage plant. Catch up on the latest in global energy with Recharge. 

  • Can this coal plant stop climate change?

    A Canadian utility opened the doors on the world's first commercial-scale coal plant to capture and store its carbon emissions. If the project and others like it are successful, carbon capture and storage technology could play a major role in fighting climate change.

  • Can coal-heavy India become a 'renewable superpower'?