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As the politics of U.S. oil grow uglier, revelations from the North Dakota boom

In the first nine months of 2014, oil spills totaling 3.8 million gallons were reported, nearly as much as in 2011 and 2012 combined.

How to make fuel from woody biomass, with critters from a shipworm's innards

The shipworm may help solve perhaps the most vexing problem in biofuels: how to make ethanol from woody materials like switchgrass and aspen.

Arsenic-laden rice: As FDA deliberates, Consumer Reports issues guidance

Arsenic-laden rice: As FDA deliberates, Consumer Reports issues guidance

The advice is sobering: Adults should eat no more than 1½ to 2 cups of cooked rice per week, and children less than half that much.