Business & Technology

People think cloud computing involves actual clouds

We know that people often confuse weather and climate, but apparently a lot of people also confuse weather and weather-related metaphors.

Frackers’ faulty concrete leads to methane in Pennsylvania wells

But don't worry, folks. The industry says this rarely happens. So the odds that your water is flammable are pretty low.

Obama administration finalizes 54.5 mpg standard for automobiles

With support from car manufacturers and unions, the new standard promises to save Americans $1.7 trillion at the gas pump.

Romney includes one wind rep on his 50-person Colorado energy task force

It's almost like he doesn't want to hear what the wind industry has to say.

Republican convention flooded with corporate money

A big storm has hit Tampa after all: Hurricane Benjamins.

Contrarian conservationist: Nature Conservancy’s chief scientist riles old-school greens

Biologist Peter Kareiva says conservationists are too focused on restoring pristine nature. Instead, he says, they need to think about creating a future we can all live with.

Shell still doesn’t have its sh*t together on Arctic drilling

Shell is asking the feds for a deadline extension on drilling off the coast of Alaska. Will the company ever actually get its act together? No one knows!

Texans exercise their Second Amendment rights to ward off smart meters

Well, "Texan," singular. But the movement to combat the insidious, intrusive device is real.

Snap-together house is easy to assemble, hard to pay for

The good news: Some Danish architects teamed up with some British digital fabrication people to create a 1,250-square-foot house produced in a rapid prototyping machine. (A rapid prototyping machine uses computer modeling to quickly produce scale models of physical parts.) …