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Life's first cells may have evolved in geothermal pools

Team of scientists speculates that the last common ancestor of life on Earth got its start in the planet's natural hot tubs.

By February 16, 2012


Geothermal potential reaches coast to coast

Google-sponsored study from SMU finds that new techniques mean geothermal power can be done in many areas in the U.S. and supply a signficant portion of U.S. electricity in the future.

By October 26, 2011


Virtual lithium mine attaches to geothermal plant

Simbol Materials opens an operation in California to extract lithium, zinc, and other metals for batteries from the discharge of geothermal plants.

By September 28, 2011


Nevada to up geothermal production by 25 percent

DOE guarantees $350 million loan to Ormat Technologies for three more power plants in the state.

By September 28, 2011


Geothermal to double by 2020, report says

Growing global energy demand will drive interest, capacity in underground alternative energy source.

By March 10, 2011


U.S. geothermal could supply 7 million people

Report shows state-by-state analysis of how much U.S. geothermal energy power is potentially available if current projects are completed.

By October 1, 2009


Geothermal start-up AltaRock suspends drilling

AltaRock Energy is one of a few companies pursuing enhanced geothermal systems, a technology that holds lots of promise but has raised concerns about safety.

By September 3, 2009


Yellowstone dominated by geothermal activity

Old Faithful may be synonymous with the park's geothermal activity in most visitors' minds, but there are hundreds of other geysers, hot pools, etc., worth visiting.

By July 20, 2009


Green news harvest: Obama touts solar, geothermal

Obama marks 100 days after stimulus at huge solar installation at Nellis Air Force base in Nevada, while GE says it will maintain spending on green-tech R&D

By May 27, 2009


Google energy guru hot on geothermal

Google.org's Dan Reicher says enhanced geothermal has three times the potential of wind, and Google will soon release its PowerMeter energy monitoring software.

By May 14, 2009