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Half-Life of Memory: Unforgetting the ‘American Chernobyl’

"It’s a physical and mental cover-up, in that the most contaminated buildings in America are still buried out there."
Gaslighting: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Updated Manual of Terms

Gaslighting: The U.S. Department of Energy’s Updated Manual of Terms

Ethan Kuperberg writes a satirical list of new manual of terms, including “freedom gas” in place of “gas.”

New plastic material can be recycled again and again

We're drowning in plastics. That's why the world's brightest minds are trying to find a way we can effectively deal with plastic waste and make sure we don't add more in the coming years. Now,
The complete guide to the battery revolution

The complete guide to the battery revolution

Whoever comes up with the next big battery technology could become the ExxonMobil or Shell of the 21st century.
The U.S. government plans to drop $500M on a ridiculously powerful supercomputer

The U.S. government plans to drop $500M on a ridiculously powerful supercomputer

The U.S. Department of Energy has announced plans to build a $500 million exascale supercomputer by 2021. The project, known as the Aurora supercomputer, is expected to boost research efforts in

The US passed China with a supercomputer capable of as many calculations per second as 6.3 billion humans

For the first time in five years, the world’s fastest computer is no longer in China. Yesterday (June 8), the US Department of Energy’s Oak…
The Man Who Helped Design a 10,000-Year Nuclear Waste Site Marker

The Man Who Helped Design a 10,000-Year Nuclear Waste Site Marker

Astro-artist Jon Lomberg, a longtime friend and colleague of Carl Sagan, on protecting future humans from America’s atomic past.

A Whistle-Blower Alleges Corruption in Rick Perry’s Department of Energy

Carolyn Kormann reports on the case of Simon Edelman, a former chief creative officer at the D.O.E. who alleges that he was fired for sharing “evidence of criminal corruption, obstruction of justice,

US Government Lab Looks to Blockchain for P2P Energy

BlockCypher and a U.S. Energy Department lab are developing solutions allowing energy transactions to be settled across blockchains.

The teenager inventor who could change the way the world fights climate change

Greenwich, Connecticut Ethan Novek speaks fast and insists on giving you every detail, even in response to simple questions. It can be overwhelming. But it’s…

The material that built the modern world is also destroying it. Here’s a fix

Piscataway, New Jersey Remarkably, the material that built the first modern civilization remains key to building today’s global economy. The cement we use in 2017…
Trump’s Energy Secretary Believes Fossil Fuels Can Help Prevent Sexual Assault

Trump’s Energy Secretary Believes Fossil Fuels Can Help Prevent Sexual Assault

If you needed any further proof that the Trump administration is the political embodiment of the Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels classic Dumb and Dumber, here it is: Energy Secretary Rick Perry said
How the Department of Energy Can Bring Another 40 Years of Innovation

How the Department of Energy Can Bring Another 40 Years of Innovation

Energy Secretary Rick Perry has the opportunity to continue to pursue a robust clean energy economy.