Oil prices: Americans will spend more than $448 billion on gasoline this year. Rise in oil prices also means more than $1 trillion for OPEC.
The next Mars rover, Curiosity, is scheduled to launch Saturday. It's the first Mars rover to jettison solar panels for nuclear power, meaning it can go places and do things others couldn't.
Faced with a growing scandal over the bankrupt Solyndra solar power company, the Obama administration has ordered an independent review of government loans to energy companies. Republican lawmakers say they'll subpoena internal White House communications on Solyndra.
Solyndra loan restructuring might violate federal law, Treasury worried, according to released e-mails. House panel aims to determine Energy Department's culpability in aiding Solyndra investors ahead of taxpayers.
Scientists compress the oil-forming process with a deep water bacteria to create electrofuel, a possible post oil era alternative.
Oil futures are up after dropping to their lowest levels since 2010 earlier in the week. Oil futures rebounded on signs that financial leaders will move to bolster struggling European banks and on positive U.S. economic news.
Solar energy company Solyndra CEO Brian Harrison and the chief financial officer, Bill Stover, both invoked their Fifth Amendment right to decline to testify to avoid self-incrimination.
With near permanent brinksmanship the new normal, Congress headed into votes Friday to try to avert a government shutdown that is slated to occur on Oct. 1 if a continuing resolution bill is not passed.
Disaster aid bill: The measure would also prevent a federal shutdown next weekend by financing government agencies from the Oct. 1 start of the new federal fiscal year through Nov. 18.
Solyndra bankruptcy is causing Congress to look into how the solar manufacturer got federal subsidies. The Energy Department restructured the loan seven months before the Solyndra bankruptcy.