BURN: Marketplace Stories

Burn: An Energy Journal has partnered with public radio’s Marketplace to bring you Energy news and stories as told through the business and economics prism that has made Marketplace one of public radio’s most listened to programs. BURN and Marketplace are both distributed by American Public Media.

Louis Michaud’s Vortex Engine

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You’ve heard of wind and solar. But what about harnessing other forces of nature for energy? Like, tornadoes. That’s Louis Michaud’s idea. He’s an engineer who dreams of powering the world with tornado machines.

April 14, 2015 more »

Fish and Lettuce

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Researchers at an indoor fish and vegetable farm say the future is bright for small aquaponics operations. Very small. Like, in the back yard.

September 10, 2014 more »

From Rice to Shrimp

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In the Mekong Delta, rice is suffering from greater exposure to salt water as sea levels rise because of climate change. Some farmers are looking to a different crop: shrimp.

September 10, 2014 more »

Shell’s foray into Alaska oil isn’t paying off

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Shell started its hunt for oil off the coast of Alaska more than a year ago, but the effort proved disastrous. Reporter Elizabeth Arnold looked into the state of Arctic oil exploration in the U.S.

January 6, 2014 more »

Army’s micro-grid for combat zones

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The US Army is preparing to deploy smart micro-grids for combat outposts – basic military camps for about 100 soldiers. The new COPs cut fuel demand by at least half, which means fewer caravans, and fewer casualties.

June 25, 2013 more »

Today’s Army – the march toward better batteries

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A little-known Army agency is making big changes in how soldiers fight. Among its latest innovations: new, lighter energy sources for outposts around the world.

April 23, 2013 more »

Tokyo Restaurant Serves Fukushima-Sourced Food to Make a Point

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2 years after Japan’s nuclear meltdowns, many people still won’t eat anything from Fukushima. So one Tokyo restaurant is deliberately offering food from the region, to help disaster victims and to dispel fears about food safety. Catherine Winter reports.

March 12, 2013 more »

LISTEN || Japanese Worry About Food, 2 Years After Fukushima

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2 years after an earthquake, tsunami, & a nuclear disaster hit Japan, concerns about radiation contaminated food persist. Catherine Winter reports.

March 11, 2013 more »

LISTEN || Japan’s lesson for U.S. reactors: Disaster is possible

A new turbine is installed at the Dresden nuclear plant in Morris, IL. Photo Courtesy Exelon Corp.

BURN Host Alex Chadwick reports on concerns over how well dozens of US nuclear reactors – built like those that melted down in the Fukushima crisis – would withstand natural disasters.

February 21, 2013 more »

Innovators: Building an electric car for speed

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Mike Pethel has pieced together what may be the fastest electric car anywhere, using enough batteries to power 750 homes. The inventor and race car buff is on a never-ending quest to make his pristine 70s BMW super powerful and totally green. LISTEN.

January 30, 2013 more »