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Thermal Under Where?

Report encourages investment in safe, clean geothermal energy If the U.S. is going to insist on looking for energy underground, there’s a better option than drilling for oil, researchers say: generating steamy geothermal electricity by circulating water down into hot …

Ethanol video: Impressionable young minds

You’ve got to see this to believe it

I kept expecting one of the kids to look into the camera and kick this spoof into high gear. I finally realized ... it's real. Too bad, just a few modifications to the script and this film would have been …

Al Gore is a rock star

Huge in Boise

Deep in the red state of Idaho, Al Gore was scheduled to speak in at Boise State University, offering the keynote address to a conference on climate change. The school gave away all 1,000 tickets to the venue in ten …

A bleg re: trucks idling their engines

Verizon trucks sometimes come and idle their engines all day long in front of my house (sometimes several trucks for several days), and I am told that because they use their engines to power their equipment, they are exempt from …

Embers on the Mountain

An alternate history

Terry Bisson's underappreciated alternate reality masterwork Fire on the Mountain posits an alternative Civil War, where Harriet Tubman was well enough to join John Brown in his ill-fated raid against Harper's Ferry. In Bisson's book, her tactical common sense leads …

On the Ball: It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the Super Bowl!

Football’s biggest day will be carbon neutral

I don’t really like football, but I love the Super Bowl. Chips, dip, friends, commercials, man-hugging — it’s one of my favorite days of the year. And this year, it’ll be extra-super, as it’ll be carbon neutral. Thanks to the …

Sundance: Stepping up and out

Utah middle schoolers send message to world

Almost two years ago, aerial artist John Quigley brought more than 500 community residents and several movie stars together to spell out the words “Arctic Warning” way up in the Arctic Circle. The event was documented by Everything’s Cool co-director …

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Oscar talk

The fact that that the contrived, self-consciously "quirky" Little Miss Sunshine was nominated for Best Picture while Children of Men was relegated to the editing and adapted screenplay categories is just the latest testament to the travesty of aesthetic judgment …

SOTU 2007: Games!

Geek out, friends

Really into the NYT interactive tool that lets you see how many times the president used certain words. Lets you catch up if you needed a bathroom break I guess, but this year’s speech was relatively unexciting on the drinking …