Tag: research

Texas schools get $3.75 million to commercialize their research

A $3.75 million National Science Foundation grant will help researchers at Rice, Texas A&M and the University of Texas investigate commercial applications for their work.  More »

Research links Oklahoma quakes to drilling activity

A recent surge in central Oklahoma earthquakes is likely linked to the disposal of oil and gas wastewater in a handful of high-volume underground wells in the state, according to research released Thursday.  More »

Report: US ill prepared to tackle Arctic oil spills

The United States is ill prepared to tackle oil spills in the Arctic, whether from drilling or vessels traveling through newly passable waterways once clogged with ice, according to a National Research Council report released Wednesday.  More »

Study raises new concerns about emissions from shale gas wells

Researchers found higher-than expected emissions of a potent greenhouse gas emanating from Pennsylvania wells, according to a study published Monday that adds to concerns about the environmental footprint of natural gas.  More »

Energy Department seeks methane hydrate proposals

The U.S. Department of Energy is soliciting for another round of research into methane hydrates, the potentially huge energy source of “frozen gas” that could step in for shortages of other fossil fuels.  More »

Inside University of Houston’s new high-tech research center (photos)

The University of Houston has been showing off its high-tech energy research center to political and industry leaders from around the world.  More »

Scientists: Gulf oil spill hurt fish hearts (photos)

Oil spilled during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster causes severe defects in the developing hearts of tuna, according to a new study by government and academic scientists that hints at long-term damage from the accident.  More »

Study: Offshore wind turbines can weaken hurricanes (video)

Offshore wind turbines could help prevent destruction caused by hurricanes by draining the storms of their deadly winds, according to a new scientific study that highlights a previously unknown benefit of the technology.  More »

Chevron, GE form pact for oil and gas research

Two of the world’s biggest companies plan to come together to develop and commercialize oil and gas technology at a newly minted research center in Oklahoma City.  More »

Hydraulic fracturing reduces threat of Texas drought, researchers say

The water saved by shifting a power plant from coal to natural gas is 25 to 50 times as great as the amount of water required to extract the natural gas through hydraulic fracturing, according to a University of Texas study released Thursday.  More »

Texas researchers win federal grants to study methane hydrates

The Energy Department on Wednesday announced it is giving seven institutions — including two Texas universities — nearly $5 million in grants to continue research on how to unlock methane gas trapped in ice-like crystals under the sea floor and the Arctic permafrost.  More »

OceanGate uses manned submersible to observe Rigs to Reefs (photos)

OceanGate, a Seattle-based provider of deep-water submersible vessels, has released a new crop of underwater images from the federal Rigs to Reefs program, showing sea creatures swimming among the steel legs of an old Black Elk Energy platform.  More »
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