Yucca Mountain in Nevada looked like the perfect place to stash the byproducts of nuclear power. Fifteen years and billions of dollars later, it's not even close to being operational. Is starting from scratch the only option?
The first commercial "pebble bed" reactor--nearing approval in South Africa--may revive nuclear power.
Building intelligence into the power grid would make electricity cheaper and more reliable. The technology-from self-monitoring power lines to giant transistors-is ready to go. But no one has an incentive to foot the bill.
Years of cheap oil have slowed energy innovation to a crawl. A new Middle East crisis could change that.
From the editor in chief
Before fuel cells take on the internal-combustion engine, they'll offer clean electricity to offices and homes.
Turning sunshine into electricity makes environmental sense. Thanks to new plastics, it might even be affordable.
A proposed rapid transit system would levitate commuters to work in their own cars, gliding above the freeway.
While wind farmers around the world score points in generating juice, the U.S. slowly signs on.