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Australia should pursue thorium as a fuel for nuclear power


  • Conversation (Australia), The

Thorium has several advantages over uranium, such as providing a "fail-safe reactor operation," "resistance to weapons proliferation" and production of less radioactive waste, writes Nigel Marks, asso… Read More

EIA: U.S. oil output in Dec. hit highest level since early 1970s


  • American City Business Journals

U.S. oil production in December rose almost 200,000 barrels per day from the previous month to more than 9.2 million barrels per day, according to the Energy Information Administration. It was the hig… Read More

Corn stoves aren't just for hippies, proponents say


  • National Geographic News (free registration)

Middle-class people in some communities are installing stoves capable of burning dried corn kernels to heat their homes. While the idea might sound like something dreamed up by "hippies living in yurt… Read More