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Key to North Korea's Missile Success: 'Devil's Venom'

It may be too late to cut off supply of rare, highly volatile rocket fuel

(Newser) - A highly volatile fuel known to the Russians as the "Devil's Venom" has been powering the success of North Korea's missile program, analysts say—and it may be too late to cut off its supply. Intelligence memos from as far back as the George W. Bush administration... More »

'Dramatic Turnaround' Projected for Gas Prices

Prices projected to be lower July 4 than on Jan. 1

(Newser) - In what USA Today calls a "stunning" moment for analysts, gas prices are projected to be lower on the Fourth of July than they were on New Year's Day. That's the first time consumer data tool GasBuddy has made such a projection in its 17 years (the... More »

Your Roof Rack Is Killing Your Fuel Economy

Having one could make your gas bill go up by 25%: researchers

(Newser) - You could argue that having a roof rack on your car makes it easier to stay fit: Throw a bike or skis on top, head over to the park or slopes, and burn off some calories on the trails. You could also say it makes your car less efficient—and... More »

New Spacecraft Fuel: Urine?

Scientists in Puerto Rico think they've found a way

(Newser) - Getting water and fuel to spacecraft in orbit can get pretty expensive, but a new process could scale that down—simply by recycling urine. The science behind the idea of drinking water that was once pee could provide a more affordable way to not only hydrate astronauts but also fuel... More »

Navy's New Jet Fuel: Seawater?

Researchers use it to power model plane

(Newser) - In the not-too-distant future, the US Navy could be getting some fuel from the very seas it sails on. That's thanks to Navy researchers who say they've figured out a way to convert seawater into jet fuel, the Huffington Post reports. Experts have been working on the idea... More »

Tempers Fray as People Brave Cold Without Fuel

Long Islanders protest outside utility company

(Newser) - Superstorm Sandy victims are growing more frustrated as gas-rationing continues in New York and New Jersey, and over 170,000 battle the cold on Long Island without power—nearly two weeks after Sandy landed, Reuters reports. More details:
  • Long Island residents protested outside a utility company for the second straight
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Military to Deliver 24M Gallons of Fuel

White House tries to stem crisis with emergency delivery

(Newser) - Facing political peril and a humanitarian crisis, the White House today approved the Defense Department to deliver 24 million gallons of fuel to the region pummeled by Superstorm Sandy, the New York Times reports. The Defense Department plans to coordinate with FEMA to resupply gas stations where lines seem endless... More »

Air France Crew to Fliers: Could You Chip in for Gas?

Air France plane makes unscheduled Syria landing

(Newser) - Travel nightmare No. 1: Your flight out of Paris makes an unscheduled stop in the volatile capital of ... Syria. And No. 2: Your crew asks passengers to help cover the cost of refueling. That's what happened to Air France Flight 562 on Wednesday, when tensions near its destination—the... More »

Natural Gas Has Potential to Doom Diesel

Some fleets switching to the cheaper alternative

(Newser) - No more diesel-powered trucks on the road? The day is a long way off, but the Wall Street Journal says the surge in natural gas exploration is already prompting some fleets to switch to the cheaper alternative. In the past year, natural gas has become abundant and cheap—the price... More »

Fliers Taken Off Plane to ATMs, Forced to Pay $31K

For fuel or unpaid fees, depending which report you read

(Newser) - Flying: It’s just not what it used to be . The latest example? A plane was grounded in Vienna for six hours as the airline forced passengers to come up with an additional $31,000. Apparently charter airline Comtel is in financial trouble and hadn’t paid "landing fees... More »

Top 5 Electric Car Myths

Common misconceptions about gas-free vehicles

(Newser) - The release of the GM Volt and Nissan Leaf are likely a watershed moment for electric cars, but for those not convinced, Mother Jones has compiled 8 myths about the electric revolution:
  1. Car charging will overload the power grid. The first generation of charging stations will be built with the
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Meet the First Car Made by a 3-D Printer

Urbee combines eco-friendliness with innovative look

(Newser) - Saving the planet just got a lot better-looking: The hybrid Urbee is the first-ever car made using 3-D printers. The firms Stratasys and Kor Ecologic created the vehicle, whose whole exterior is printed by additive manufacturing—printing layer on top of layer until, essentially, a car appears—a method that... More »

Gov't Still Buying Massive Amounts of Fuel From BP

Has contracts worth at least $980M with Pentagon

(Newser) - As BP puts billions of dollars into the Gulf, the US government continues to put millions into its pockets. The Defense Department has maintained its purchase of massive amounts of fuel from the company, even as the Justice Department has launched criminal and civil investigations into the Gulf oil spill.... More »

Here Come Electric Cars— But Cities Aren't Ready

People without driveways or garages have nowhere to charge

(Newser) - If electric cars are ever going to put a meaningful dent in America's fuel habits, cities must start getting proactive now, writes Robert Gammon. Automakers are busy preparing plug-ins for the road, but the logistics of keeping them charged will leave many buyers out of the loop. Specifically, apartment and... More »

Gov't Will Slash Greenhouse Emissions: Obama

Executive order requires federal agencies to reduce waste, conserve energy

(Newser) - Federal agencies have until 2020 to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 28% under an executive order President Obama signed today. The order also calls for improvements in energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction. "As the largest energy consumer in the United States, we have a responsibility to... More »

US Pays $400 a Gallon for Gas in Afghanistan

Figure to become major talking point in Congress

(Newser) - As debate over the Afghan war heats up, expect Congress to heavily quote a new statistic from the Pentagon: $400. That’s how much the US pays, on average, for every gallon of fuel put into its planes and combat vehicles in Afghanistan, military officials recently told the House Defense... More »

Outlook Grim for Calif. Fire as Winds Continue

(Newser) - Poor firefighting conditions today—following a windy night—have allowed the Santa Barbara, Calif., wildfire to grow, and it has now consumed 3,500 acres and 75 homes, KNBC-TV reports. The fire, which has forced 30,000 people to flee their homes, is just 10% contained. Winds today are expected... More »

California Passes World's First Carbon Fuel Standard

Rule requires vehicle fuel's 'carbon intensity' to be slashed

(Newser) - California has passed a landmark rule to reduce the carbon content of vehicle fuel, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The regulation, the first of its kind in the world, requires refiners and distributors to begin cutting the "carbon intensity" of fuel next year, and reach a 10% reduction by... More »

Discovery Launch Postponed

Fuel valve concerns cause further delays to mission

(Newser) - The Space Shuttle Discovery’s mission to deliver the final piece of a solar power array to the International Space Station was delayed again today, only hours before scheduled launch, CNN reports. The mission had already been postponed a month so technicians could determine whether three valves that control fuel... More »

One Man's Coffee Grounds Are Another's Biodiesel

Waste can be turned into cheap fuel

(Newser) - If lattes seem overpriced now, wait until coffee becomes a precious commodity. An engineering professor spied an opportunity in the layer of oil he found floating in an old cup of coffee one morning. He extracted what was left in some used grounds—about 10%-15% oil by weight—with simple... More »

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