Supercomputers a hidden power center of Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley is famed for spawning the desktop, mobile and cloud computing revolutions. What is less well known is that it's one of the nerve centers for building the world's fastest number-crunchers.
Study finds benefits of plug-in vehicles depend on battery size
Thinking about buying a new plug-in vehicle? You may want to check the size of its battery first.
The great gas hydrate escape
For some time, researchers have explored flammable ice for low-carbon or alternative fuel or as a place to store carbon dioxide. Now, a computer analysis of the ice and gas compound, known as a gas hydrate, ...
Conventional fossil fuels sometimes 'greener' than biofuels: study
Theres a race afoot to give biofuel wings in the aviation industry, part of an effort to combat soaring fuel prices and cut greenhouse gas emissions. In 2008, Virgin Atlantic became the first commercial ...
Researchers develop accurate measure of aggregating particles that block oil production lines
Rice University researchers have developed an easy and accurate technique to detect and quantify the amount of asphaltene precipitated from crude oils, which bedevils the oil industry by clogging wells and ...
Energy industry develops nontoxic fracking fluids
The oil and gas industry is trying to ease environmental concerns by developing nontoxic fluids for the drilling process known as fracking, but it's not clear whether the new product will be widely embraced by drilling companies.
Scientists improve biomass-to-fuel process
(Phys.org) —Los Alamos scientists published an article in the scientific journal Nature Chemistry that could offer a big step on the path to renewable energy.
A high-yield biomass alternative to petroleum for industrial chemicals
A team of University of Massachusetts Amherst chemical engineers report in today's issue of Science that they have developed a way to produce high-volume chemical feedstocks including benzene, toluene, xylene ...
Oil industry research sheds light on where life exists on Earth and beyond
(Phys.org) —The North Sea oil and gas industry's pursuit of new oil reserves has contributed to a greater understanding of where life exists on Earth and may even help us look for life on other planets.
Designer droplets with 'pupils' open a world of possibilities
(Phys.org) —Researchers have designed droplets using a technique that could have applications for everything from extracting oil from wells to creating makeup and food.
China oil spill to have long-term impact: report
An oil spill off China's eastern coast kept hidden from the public for weeks has caused long-term environmental damage that will hurt the area's fishing industry, state media reported Tuesday.
Study shows economic feasibility for capturing carbon dioxide directly from the air
With a series of papers published in chemistry and chemical engineering journals, researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology have advanced the case for extracting carbon dioxide directly from the ...
Energy firms must acknowledge cybersecurity as more than an IT problem, paper claims
(Phys.org)—Energy firms have spent vast sums on the security of their information systems, but they must reorient from a reactive, tactical posture regarding intrusions and attacks to a more strategic, holistic view that ...
The downside of biodiesel fuel
The oil industry believes biodiesel is not to blame for problems that Norwegian car owners are experiencing. But the nature of the fuel means that it has to be handled differently than regular petroleum-based ...