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Department of Energy
Five years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the Obama administration is looking to expand offshore drilling. Is it any safer today?
Astronomers from around the world identify their favourite images sent back to Earth by the Hubble Space Telescope.
A racially diverse medical workforce leads to better quality of care.
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Ban on affirmative action across eight states has led to a drop in minority students at medical schools.
The National Transportation Safety Board made an ‘urgent’ recommendation to improve the safety of oil-carrying rail cars.
While federal agencies ponder regulations for safer oil rail cars, researchers are developing high-tech inspection and safety systems.
Iranians, who celebrated in the streets of Tehran following this month’s nuclear agreement, are keen to rebuild relations with the West.
By reaching out to Iran, Australia can help end a long stand-off with the West that prevented solutions to many of the world's most dangerous problems, including Syria's civil war and Islamic State.
This derailed oil-carrying train in Ontario in March was the third from a single freight company in a month.
Derailed train cars carrying oil have more communities concerned about spills. What's behind the oil-by-rail boom and a federal agency's 'urgent' call last week for better safety?
What’s Hodor’s back story?
George R. R. Martin's Hodor is a textbook example of someone with expressive aphasia.
Spirit of Easter
Why do chocolate makers and other food producers use unsustainably grown palm oil? You can blame health-conscious consumers looking for alternatives to trans fats.
Could sharing be the building blocks of an economy?
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Regulations pushed by incumbent businesses to protect their turf only end up stifling growth and hurting consumers.
With rooftop solar installations soaring, utilities are nervous – for a few reasons.
Electric utilities want to quash distributed solar because they don't want the competition, right? Perhaps, but if you rely at all on the grid, you have a stake in this fight, too.
Desert-colored is all the rage this year.
While the US still dominates global arms exports, Russia takes a close second as rising instability increases demand for the latest high-tech weaponry and surveillance gear.
The massive Ivanpah Solar Power Facility in California was partially funded by a large Department of Energy loan guarantee yet the policy has been harshly criticized.
The world needs new energy technologies to meet global demand and slow emissions. Government plays an outside role in energy so what policies work best for innovation?
Don’t you trust me? Give me a tip!
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Citizens of countries that rank higher on the so-called Trust Index tend to be more generous when it comes to tipping waiters.
Some of the earliest applications of photography came in the fields of archaeology and botany. Pictured is a photograph from botanist Anna Atkins’ Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (1843).
Because a photograph came from a machine – not a human hand – many were not entirely sure if it could be called art.
Ruler of the free world (but not of his own pineal gland).
If Frank Underwood has trouble sleeping at night, it's not because of his conscience
It must be the flu, right?
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Ever tweet about being sick? Or look up your symptoms online? Researchers are using this information to monitor illnesses and attitudes about health in real time.
Ma Rainey was one of Paramount Records’ most popular artists.
JP Jazz Archive/Redferns
In the 1920s, many black musicians were exploited by record companies, and faded into anonymity. Here are some of their stories.
A depot used to store pipes for Transcanada Corp’s planned Keystone XL oil pipeline.
A roundtable of energy experts weigh in on the significance of Obama’s veto — the economics, the politics and the environmental — as well as what’s next.
Sometimes you don’t need a measuring stick to come up with an assessment: really, really deep.
It's really hard to measure snowfall accurately. The National Weather Service relies on more than 8,000 volunteers with rulers.
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Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have. My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and living in Hershey, Pennsylvania – the “Chocolate Capital…