| Mar 2, 2013
| 5:56 PM
John Livermore, an exploration geologist whose discovery of minuscule but highly valuable particles of "invisible gold" in Nevada in the early 1960s set off a modern-day gold rush in the state, has died. He was 94.
Livermore died Feb. 7 at his Reno home...
| Jan 22, 2013
| 4:15 PM
A group of private entrepreneurs is raising $20 million to fund the first stage of a mission to identify asteroids close to Earth and mine them for valuable materials.
Deep Space Industries plans to launch three small crafts armed with cameras, called...
| Dec 21, 2012
| 5:00 AM
The richest Americans might find lumps of coal in their stockings on Christmas morning and, if not that, then they can definitely anticipate big hangovers on New Year’s Day.
The metaphorical coal lumps and hangovers will be thanks to President...
| Dec 29, 2012
The season started the moment the college girl dumped a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle on the den table and announced she would have it conquered by Christmas.
Nobody much disagreed, or even cared, though there was a certain joy in knowing she would be...
| May 8, 2013
| 3:53 PM
SEATTLE — The battle over plans for a series of massive coal export terminals across the Pacific Northwest took a new turn Wednesday when the energy company Kinder Morgan announced it was dropping its plan to build a $200-million facility on the...
| Apr 29, 2013
Stanley A. Dashew, an inventor and entrepreneur who helped revolutionize the credit card industry, died of natural causes Thursday in Los Angeles, according to a family spokesman. He was 96.
Dashew held 40 patents in fields as diverse as credit card...
| May 2, 2013
| 1:30 PM
The seafood is safe to eat and the Gulf of Mexico tourism industry is recovering three years after the nation’s worst offshore oil spill spewed more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the waters off Louisiana. But despite that BP-sponsored...
| Dec 15, 2012
| 8:00 AM
Frankly, it sounded pretty stupid. For reasons unknown, electricity fails worldwide, sending humanity into a post-technological free-fall. Weeds grow in the Capitol (very "Logan's Run"), young women defend their families with bows and arrows (very "Hunger...
| Feb 26, 2012
I half-expected to hear someone shout, "There's gold in them thar hills," as I rolled into Randsburg, Calif., which sits just off Highway 395 in the Mojave Desert south of Ridgecrest. The discovery of that precious metal gave birth to the town in 1896...
| Dec 11, 2011
| 4:37 PM
Peru's President Ollanta Humala will swear in one new minster late Sunday and possibly reshuffle other positions....
| Dec 15, 2011
| 4:36 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to approve a tough new rule to limit emissions of mercury, arsenic and other toxins from the country’s power plants....