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Solar Blob Attacks the Earth!

A great eruption known as a coronal mass ejection rattled nerves but did little harm

How to End Blackouts Forever

There is a way to make our grid more resilient and blackouts a thing of the past. Here's how:

Where in the World is Con Ed?

Taking two weeks to restore power is unconscionable. It's also part of a troublesome trend of more and longer outages that point up major flaws in our national...

Panetta Sounds Alarm on Cyber-War Threat

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta issued what he said is a “clarion call” Thursday for Americans to wake up to the growing threat posed by cyber war. “The whole...

The Power Grid: From Rickety to Resilient

August 14, 2003 was a brutally hot day in much of the northeastern U.S. The high temperatures prompted people in cities like Pittsburgh and New York to crank up...

How Vulnerable Is the Power Grid?

The attack could come when we're most vulnerable — a blistering hot July afternoon or a freezing cold January night. Suddenly, vast sections of the U.S. power...

Power Grid.

BY THE NUMBERS Obama's First Week $3,350: Cost of the enhanced-security PDA that may replace Barack Obama's beloved BlackBerry. 8: Minimum number of hours White...

#4 Reinstating The Interstate

Maybe the most unlikely thing that Barack Obama has accomplished in the past few months is that he's made infrastructure sexy. O.K., not sexy, but at least a hot...

19 Buy green power, at home or away

More than 600 utilities in 37 states offer green energy, but unless you read the fine print on your bill, you may not know if your power company is one of them...

High Tech for the Low-Tech World

Battling disease is easy if you're on a power grid with access to effective treatments. But what if clean water and electricity are unavailable luxuries? These...

Blackout

Millions of people were left without lights, air-conditioning or electricity late Thursday afternoon as a huge power failure darkened dozens of cities across...

Cities: Anniversary of The Night

In Manhattan, guests at a round of parties will sip their drinks in the dark. In Boston, Harvard students planned a series of lights-out beer busts. For...

3 Venezuelan Envoys Expelled by U.S. in Retaliation

(CARACAS, Venezuela) — Three Venezuelan diplomats were ordered out of the United States on Tuesday in response to their government's decision to boot three U.S...

The Benefits and Perils of Energy Abundance

40 years after a Mideast oil embargo decimated the U.S., the country is awash in new supplies of energy, from oil to natural gas to solar. But that abundance...