The hunt is on for a dark force of nature
Is the search worth it? Scientists are launching an experiment to find a mysterious fifth force of nature. If they find it, it will give us an insight into the unseen world of dark matter.
‘Impossible’ EmDrive could prove Newton wrong
It is the most fabled law of physics: ‘For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.’ But now NASA says that an invention, once mocked by scientists, could prove Newton wrong.
UK backs sea power with first tidal lagoon
Britain has unveiled plans to build the world’s first tidal lagoon power plant. Tidal power is set to someday provide 8% of UK energy. But will renewables will ever be efficient enough?
Top scientists push for more renewable energy
The world must switch to green energy to avoid severe climate change, says a new report — it’s not too expensive, but we must do it now. But what if the battle has already been lost?
Ministers threaten to drop green energy pledge
Conservatives think hard times have turned the public against meeting Britain’s commitment to increase renewable energy. So is it fair to add green subsidies to household electricity bills?
Wall of ice to stop Fukushima radiation leak
Radiation levels are spiking at a Japanese nuclear plant as deadly pollutants seep into the ocean, forcing the government to take desperate measures. Is nuclear energy worth the price?
Government gives go ahead to fracking future
After problematic beginnings, the UK’s fracking operation is back on track. The controversial method of gas extraction could be the future for British energy – but is it the right path?
Global anger over the cost of going green
At the United Nations conference on tackling climate change, poorer countries are demanding subsidies for green energy plans from industrialised nations. Frustration is building on both sides.
US targets independence in global scramble for oil
The USA is on course to achieve its long-cherished goal of energy independence by 2017. That could be good news for global stability – but environmentalists are dismayed.
South Africans ready to fight off gas ‘frackers’
South Africa has lifted a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the beautiful Karoo region. ‘Fracking’ could unlock gas reserves worth billions, but campaigners say the price is too high.
Green light for fracking despite earthquake fears
UK government experts have approved the use of controversial new technology to access vast reserves of natural gas buried in northern England. Are the world’s energy worries over at last?
Nuclear power in the dock after Japan meltdown
A fresh opinion poll has revealed new doubts on nuclear power since the Fukushima crisis, as world governments grapple with tough questions.
Science and Engineering Week: Saving the world
As a special science week kicks off, we look at the world’s pressing problems and how scientists and engineers might help solve them.