Technology and Research
Coal Not Going Away, GAO Reports
While its use may decline, coal will continue to be a key fuel source in the U.S., according to the GAO.
Can ANWR Save Us From High Gas Prices?
Find out how much oil is in ANWR and whether drilling in ANWR would lower gas prices. Learn about the history of ANWR and the debate over drilling in ANWR. Discover how much oil Americans consume every day as it compares to potential production of oil in ANWR. Read estimates of how much oil could be produced in ANWR and how much ANWR oil would...
Wild Horse Preservation Program - Is the Government's Latest Plan to …
Interior Secretary Salazar’s plan to “save” the nation’s herd of wild horses by relocating many of them from their native range in the West to “showcase” preserves in the Midwest and East is sure to be controversial. Are Salazar’s claims of overpopulation valid? Does moving thousands of them to non-native, “pay-per-view” ranges serve the best interests of the wild horses, or the…
Interior Seeks to Save Wild Horse Program
America’s once-endangered herd of wild free-roaming horses is in trouble again. Sec. of Interior Ken Salazar has a plan to save them again. He just needs Congress to help again.
Yucca Mountain Still in the Mix
Shortly after taking office, President Obama pulled the financial plug on further development of the Yucca Mountain, Nevada nuclear waste storage facility, prompting Environmental Issues Guide Larry West to ask the very difficult question, "If not Yucca Mountain, where?" Based on the action being taken by Congress, the answer could still be Yucca Mountain.
DOE Ups Yucca Mountain Cost Estimate
Want to see how fast you can run? Thank a Nevadan for "agreeing" to let the government bury the nation's radioactive waste outside of Las Vegas at Yucca Mountain. Then tell them how much it's going to cost, and start running.
The End of Oil?
A series of recent events suggests that our nation's long-held definition of "oil independence" may be changing from independence from foreign oil to independence from all oil. Has the cumulative affect of shrinking oil supplies, rising gasoline prices, and the imminent possibility of a climate we just cannot live with brought us to the beginning of the end of the golden age of oil?
About the Climate Security Act of 2008
If enacted, the proposed Climate Security Act of 2008 would become the federal government's regulatory program to reduce nationwide emissions of greenhouse gases enough between 2008 and 2050 to prevent the potential catastrophic effects of global warming.
Federal Bridge Safety Regulation and Funding
While federal safety regulations apply to all 600,000 bridges in the United States, actually doing the work necessary to keep them safe requires a partnership effort between federal and state government.
The Environmental Protection Agency
Just as the U.S. needs the military to protect its interests in the world, so too it needs an agency to police its natural resources at home. Since 1970, the Environmental Protection Agency has fulfilled that role, setting and enforcing standards to safeguard the land, air and water as well as protect human health.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration
They've provided us with some of the most unforgettable moments in the last half century, not to mention some of its memorable catchphrases: "Houston, we have a problem," and, "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." But just what is NASA?
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
It seems like such an elementary concept, the weather. But it isn’t. A ubiquitous topic of conversation, it dictates everything from how we dress to crop yields to the sustainability of the earth’s ecosystems. Keeping track of the weather is a full-time job, and in the U.S. government, that job is handled by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
About the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is responsible for ensuring the safety of civil aviation, including all non-military, private and commercial, and aerospace aviation activities.
EPA Okays Chemical Testing on Fetal Tissue
Altered language in a new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulation will allow pesticide and chemical companies to conduct experiments on aborted human fetuses.
National Parks Haze Reduction Rule Draws Criticism
New EPA regulations intended to improve visibility in national parks and wilderness areas by reducing haze are too weak to be effective and could actually endanger the long-term health of many of the Nation's national parks, according to the Sierra Club.
T. rex Bone Tissue Reveals Creature's Gender
Soft tissue, amazingly found surviving n a hollow cavity of a 68 million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur leg bone fossil has revealed that the ancient creature was a young female, and was producing eggs when she died in what is now Montana.
Earth's Future Greener Than Ever, Says Policy Group
The 1970s brought us many things, including the idea that Earth was going to pot. Gloom and doom predictions by those supposedly in the know have kept “Earth Day” a main focus for the environment movement. But the Competitive Enterprise Institute says Earth Day is nothing more than a propaganda tool used to scare the public.
NSF Finds Soft Tissue in T. rex Dinosaur Fossil
In a story that borders on the incredible, the National Science Foundation has reported finding soft tissue in the fossilized leg bone of a 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex dinosaur specimen.
Global Warming Inevitable This Century, NSF Study Finds
Despite efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, global warming and a greater increase in sea level are inevitable during this century, according to a new study performed by a team of climate modelers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research.
USGS May Have Falsified Yucca Mountain Research
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has initiated an investigation into allegations by its own employees that data used in suitability studies done six years ago on the proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Repository located in Nevada may have been falsified.
Senate Committee Rejects Bush's Air Pollution Bill
A bill supported by President Bush that would relax certain regulations of the Clean Air Act has been rejected by the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee.
NASA Offers Prizes for Students With Revolutionary Ideas
Students with ideas that can dramatically advance NASA's Vision for Space Exploration program can win one of four $9,000 fellowships. The NIAC (NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts) Student Fellows Prize program provides opportunities for creative college students to develop revolutionary advanced concepts in aeronautics, space, and the sciences.
Majority Oppose ANWR Oil Drilling, Survey Says
A bipartisan national survey has found that by a margin of 53 percent to 35 percent, Americans oppose proposals to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
2004 Deadliest Earthquake Year in Five Centuries
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has reported that 2004 was the deadliest year for earthquakes since the Renaissance Age, making it the second most fatal year in recorded history.
Bill to Curb Electronic Waste Introduced
With their average life span dropping from five years to less than two, almost 50 million American computers are abandoned every year. They just sit there in warehouses and closets, chock full of potentially deadly environmental baddies, like lead and chromium. How to deal with this? Two federal lawmakers have introduced the National Computer Recycling Act, a bill that would direct the EPA to develop and implement a national electronic waste (e-waste) recycling program.
NASA's Climate Computer Model Available Free to Classrooms
NASA's Educational Global Climate Model (EdGCM), for both Windows and Mac platforms, is now available free for high school and university desktop computers.
Oak Ridge Database Aiding Asian Tsunami Relief Efforts
Relief agencies working to assist victims of Sunday's tsunamis in the Indian Ocean are using a demographic database developed at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory.
New Climate Education Resource Goes Online
Students, teachers, parents and the general public can access information about climate, weather and atmospheric science online through a program offered by Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Department of Energy.
NOAA Holds Contest to Name Ocean Exploration Ship
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has announced a nationwide contest for teams of students to choose a name for a newly acquired NOAA ocean exploration ship, and develop an education project based on a proposed name.
Bush Snowmobile Policy Ignores Science: NPS Retirees
The Bush Administration is about to release a proposal that would more than double snowmobile use in Yellowstone National Park over last winter's levels, ignoring the scientific findings of two recent environmental impact studies and weakening the Administration's own frequently-touted "strict limitations" on snowmobile use, according to the 300-member Coalition of Concerned National Park Service Retirees.
Pilots Blast NTSB on Cockpit Video Cameras
Calling proposals to install video cameras in the cockpits of commercial airliners the "fool’s gold" of accident investigation, representatives of the Air Line Pilots Association have told the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) that pilots are universally opposed to the idea.
Proposed Bills Called "Assault on the Endangered Species Act"
“The Endangered Species Act’s opponents admit that the American public won’t stand for the outright repeal of the law that saved the bald eagle. So instead they have chosen to assault the law piecemeal. They hope that the American public will be less likely to notice a death of a thousand cuts than a full blown lunge for the Endangered Species Act’s jugular." -- National Wildlife Federation
Health Forests Act: Six Month Progress Report
On Dec. 3, 2003, President Bush signed the Healthy Forests Restoration Act (HRFA) of 2003 designed to reduce the risk of wild fires by thinning dense undergrowth and brush in forested areas. Six months later, The White House issued a report on progress made since the enactment of the controversial law.
Alternatives to Global Warming: U.S. Policy
Since its withdrawal from the Kyoto Protocol in 2001, the United States has faced widespread criticism for its stance on global climate change. Three years later, experts remain divided on the severity of the problem and on the policy responses required. Yet the matter is urgent, as greenhouse gasses continue to build up.
Zero Energy Home Actually Produces Electricity
Imagine a new type of home, built to be so energy-efficient, that it actually produces more electricity than it uses over the course of a year.
Climate Study Predicts Dire Events
Even as the Kyoto Protocol treaty appears doomed, new research links continued production of greenhouse gasses to dangerous changes in our global climate. "The likely result is more frequent heat waves, droughts, extreme precipitation events, and related impacts, e.g., wildfires, heat stress, vegetation changes, and sea-level rise which will be...
Kyoto Protocol Appears Doomed
With Russia apparently heading toward rejection of the accord, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol to control worldwide emissions of greenhouse-gasses now has little, if any chance of being ratified.
Could Home PCs Soon Predict the Future?
Affordable home computers powerful enough to predict at least some aspects of the future may soon be available, according to scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratories.
Congressional Protection from Celestial Armageddon?
In a letter to Congress, a group of space-savvy Americans have urged the U.S. government to begin immediate preparations to deal with the threat of near Earth-approaching objects, also called NEOs.
A new Web site linking scientists, technology oriented firms, and science aware citizens to the wealth of government resources available. One of the most useful of all recent government sites.
Are Anti-Terrorism Visa Rules Hurting US Science?
U.S. Scientists contend newly heightened security policies on issuance of visas, designed to prevent terrorism, are actually preventing advances in U.S. science, engineering and medicine.
Area 51's Toxic Waste to Remain a Secret
Is hazardous waste produced at Area 51 really a deadly alien toxin? Both Presidents Clinton and now Bush have declared it to be in the "paramount interest" of US that the answer remains a secret.
How US Missile Defense Violates ABM
Russia claims that further development of America’s national Missile Defense System will soon violate the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile treaty – and it will, but how? From your About Guide.
National Research Laboratories
Links to the areas of science and job openings resources of the Department of Energy's national research laboratory system.
DOE Approves Nevada Nuclear Waste Site
Citing “national security” needs, the Energy Dept. has decided to go ahead with the Yucca Mountain, Nevada nuclear waste dump. Nevada’s Gov. Guinn says, "This decision stinks." From your About Guide.
â€˜Hold the Clone’ Says Congressman
When U.S. Rep. James Greenwood (R-PA) read reports of scientists' plans to proceed with cloning a human being, he decided it was time to "hold the clone," so to speak, until his House subcommittee can hold hearings on the controversial procedure.
US Climate at a Glance
Easy access to 106 years of US climate data from NOAA. Buttons quickly give you access to temperature and precipitation data for the entire USA. Graphs and tables provide data for any month or season from 1895 to the present.
Executive Order Bans Genetic Discrimination
Citing the threat of technological advances "to erode our sacred walls of privacy," President Clinton issued an order banning the consideration of genetic information in federal hiring practices. From your About.com Guide.
Total number of U.S. nuclear bombs lost in accidents and never recovered: 11 -- This an more nuclear remembrances. From your About.com Guide.
Nuclear Waste: Coming sooner to a cave near you?
Congress is considering a bill that will require the transportation and storage of highly radioactive nuclear waste 7 years sooner than under the original law. Best yet, the stuff could be going right through your town.
On the Edge of the 'Genetic Divide'
Forget the Digital Divide. Is genetic research creating a societal gap not even money can close? From your About.com Guide.
Ask a Scientist or Engineer
From the National Science Foundation, answers to questions kids ask about science. A great site for students.
Chemical Safety Board
Fashioned after NTSB, the CSB works to ensure workplace and community safety through prevention and investigation of chemical-related accidents.
Free Science Education Resources
The Education Department's great collection of links to free resources for teachers and students in all areas of science.
The king of museums. More of this fantastic collection goes online every day.
How the Government Botched the Gulf Oil Spill Response
Read about how the federal government botched its response to the Gulf oil spill in 2010. See why the federal government was critical of its own handling of the Gulf oil spill. Learn about the impact of the government's conflicting estimates over the size of the Gulf oil spill. Discover the impact the government's failure to estimate the size...