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Video: Looking for Energy Innovation? Look to Materials Science

Materials science has hitched its wagon to computing power -- and that's a good thing

Shai Agassi's Plan to Make Buying an Electric Car Easy

For the cost of a week's worth of gas, we could build the electrical infrastructure to jumpstart a real alternative transportation system

How Electric and Gas-Powered Cars Battled in America's First Automobile Race

A rare account of the very first car race in America, which pit six inventors against each other

Batteries Aren't the Key to Cleaner Transportation

A historian warns against expecting too much from battery innovation, but not from alternative transportation

Batteries Are Ready to Replace Gas Tanks

The first entry in our Energy Special Report series on the importance of battery technology for today's electric vehicles

The Future of Energy Special Report

Welcome to The Atlantic's look at what the next decades will hold for the world's most important industrial system

13 Energy Books You Need to Read

The world's energy system is nearly as complex as it is important. These books will help you to understand how we built our system -- and what it will take to overhaul it.

The Electric Taxi Company You Could Have Called in 1900

An exclusive excerpt from Powering the Dream about the first big car company in America, an electric cab company


The Horrors of Rat Hole Mining

"The river was our source of water. Now, the people won't touch it."


What's Your Favorite Slang Word?

From "swag" to "on fleek," tweens choose.


Cryotherapy's Dubious Appeal

James Hamblin tries a questionable medical treatment.


Confessions of Moms Around the World

In Europe, mothers get maternity leave, discounted daycare, and flexible working hours.


How Do Trees Know When It's Spring?

The science behind beautiful seasonal blooming

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