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Stanford engineer invents safe way to transfer energy to medical chips in the body

Electrical engineer Ada Poon has invented a way to wirelessly transfer power deep inside the body. The technology could provide a path toward new medical devices.

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Flying windmills: The future of energy?

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no it’s a huge inflatable wind turbine! Bringing energy, and maybe internet, to remote towns.

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US Navy Plans For Solar Energy Panel Satellites

According to one report, the largest consumer of oil in the world is the United States military, so the Navy is developing a solar power panel satellite that would decrease their dependence on fossil fuel. They want to be able to capture solar energy from space, and beam it down to Earth, which would make military missions much easier since fuel wouldn’t have to be carried to remote locations.

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How the World’s Tallest Building Will Tame the Wind

Architect Gordon Gill spoke at Bloomberg Businessweek’s second annual design conference about how innovative design techniques can be used to make buildings and cities more energy-efficient.

Are Fish the Future of Organic Farming?

Using a fraction of the energy and water required for traditional agriculture, aquaponics produces food in a closed, completely organic ecosystem powered by fish, bacteria and other organisms.

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Energy Is The Answer

With the State of the Union address scheduled tomorrow night, let’s look at how policy goals in President Obama’s past annual speeches to Congress fit with oil and natural gas development. It turns out the fit is good – very good.

For example, in the 2010 State of the Union the president called jobs his No. 1 priority and said American business would always be the “true engine of job creation.” He also applauded the improving health of the retirement funds supporting the future hopes of so many Americans. Oil and natural gas is playing a key role with both.

A PwC study found the industry supported 9.8 million jobs in 2011 (most recent data year), an increase of more than 600,000 jobs from 2009. Meanwhile, the strength of the industry no doubt has contributed to the improved state of retirement funds, since pension plans, 401(k)s and IRAs hold nearly 50 percent of the shares in U.S.-based oil and natural gas companies.

Connect the Dots

Natural gas connects the dots between new jobs, cleaner air, a manufacturing renaissance, and energy security.

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Time To Say Goodbye To The RFS

The state of energy and the economy were very different when Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007. Demand for gasoline is down. The U.S. has drastically increased its domestic crude oil production and lowered imports and the assumed production levels of advanced cellulosic biofuels have disappointed year after year.

All of this proves that while the RFS may have been well-intentioned six years ago, it is a dangerous relic of America’s era of fuel scarcity. Today, the RFS is not just outdated; it is bad public policy that is poised to harm millions of consumers.