Satellite Images Reveal How the U.S. Oil Boom Is Creating New Cities

This image from NASA reveals a massive cluster of lights in what was — until recently — desolate prairie. This is the Bakken Shale, an oil-rich rock formation stretching across parts of North Dakota, Montana and Canada. The lights are from the illuminated derricks, local boomtowns and gas flares of the oil fields. » 10/21/14 11:40am Tuesday 11:40am

Russia Is Building a Star Fort on This Strategic Arctic Island

For decades, Wrangel Island has been classified as a nature preserve. Situated in the icy Chukchi Sea which flows between the Russian and Alaskan coasts, this quiet, hilly island is now home to a rapidly-growing Russian military base comprised of "prefabricated modules" arranged in a star formation. » 9/09/14 11:13am 9/09/14 11:13am

Downloaded Games Have A Larger Carbon Footprint Than Blu-Ray Discs

So, you want that just-released videogame and, if you're like me, you forgot to reserve a copy and you download it. But, a new study that looks at the energy costs of game distribution suggests we'd do the planet a favor if, instead, we waited until the game was back in stock and drove somewhere to buy it on disc. » 9/03/14 3:20pm 9/03/14 3:20pm

Congress Funds Plutonium Plant That Every Sane Person Wants Shut Down

Three months ago, the White House halted construction on a plutonium recycling facility where gross mismanagement had led to lengthy delays and billions of dollars of added expenses. Yet, this week, the House approved $345 million to continue building the plant, which will produce nuclear fuel that nobody wants. » 6/13/14 1:20pm 6/13/14 1:20pm