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Nuclear-Powered Tunneling Robot Could Search for Life on Europa

December 20, 2018

The search for life has led astronomers to the icy moons in our Solar System. Among those moons,…
U.S. crude oil production efficiency continues to improve

May 4, 2018

U.S. tight oil production increased in 2017, accounting for 54% of total U.S. crude oil production, in part…
Mars Rover Mission Progresses Toward Resumed Drilling

October 24, 2017

NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity team is working to restore Curiosity’s sample-drilling capability using new techniques. The latest development…
The Fracking Debate

April 11, 2017

While an entire ocean separates the United States from the United Kingdom, when the issue of fracking arises,…
Mars Rover Tests Driving, Drilling and Detecting Life in Chile’s High Desert

March 14, 2017

Due to its extreme dryness, the Atacama Desert in Chile is one of the most important environments on…
Older oil and gas wells at higher risk of causing groundwater contamination

March 3, 2017

New oil and gas development techniques like horizontal drilling and high-volume hydraulic fracturing have dominated public concern in…
Declining investment in Norway affects exploration drilling more than production drilling

November 10, 2016

Total investment in oil and natural gas extraction in Norway was 21% lower in the first half of…
Oil wells drilled horizontally are among the highest-producing wells

November 8, 2016

Oil wells drilled horizontally through hydrocarbon-bearing formations are often among the most prolific oil wells in the United…
Preventing Human-Caused Earthquakes

August 29, 2016

New research from the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Colorado shows actions taken by drillers and…
Increased drilling may slow pace of crude oil production declines

July 26, 2016

Higher and more stable crude oil prices are contributing to increased drilling in the United States, which may…
Designing a geothermal drilling tool that can take the heat

July 22, 2016

Sandia National Laboratories and a commercial firm have designed a drilling tool that will withstand the heat of…
The art of shaping experimental design

June 21, 2016

This simulation illustrates how a shaped charge focuses the energy of an explosion, creating a fluid-like jet of…
Microwaved nanoribbons may bolster oil and gas wells

May 13, 2016

Wellbores drilled to extract oil and gas can be dramatically reinforced with a small amount of modified graphene…
Sweet technique finds cause of sour oil and gas

April 4, 2016

In at least one — and probably many — oil and gas drilling operations, the use of biocides…
Probing Mars, Charging Cars

December 24, 2015

Engineers developing a drill for probing Mars, the Moon and asteroids have created the world’s first portable charger…
New technology boosts productivity and savings in mineral exploration

September 30, 2015

A CSIRO-led innovation that enables fast automated analysis of rock materials directly from drill sites is to be…
Drilling for Data: Simulating the Search for Life on Mars

August 21, 2015

Toiling in barren rock fields in southern Spain under temperatures as high as 108 degrees Fahrenheit, a team…
EIA’s estimates for state crude oil production account for incomplete, lagged data

July 13, 2015

Market analysts have a keen interest in understanding how crude oil production in key states has been affected…
Project seeks climate clues deep in Indonesian lakebed

May 8, 2015

An international team of geoscientists co-led by James Russell will drill into ancient sediments beneath Lake Towuti on…
Hydraulic fracturing: Using scientific methods to evaluate trade-offs

April 21, 2015

In Colorado, drilling for oil and natural gas using hydraulic fracturing, sometimes referred to as fracking, is big…
Computer simulation improves offshore drill rig safety

March 25, 2015

Los Alamos National Laboratory mechanical and thermal engineering researchers’ efforts to solve the complex problem of how ocean…
The Smallest Working Power Drill

March 23, 2015

A New Zealand man has created the world’s smallest and working cordless power drill. Once he designed it,…
Drilling back through time in the Bay of Bengal

February 19, 2015

A Lancaster University environmental scientist is taking part in a massive international research effort drilling for environmental clues…
They know the drill: UW leads the league in boring through ice sheets

October 31, 2014

Wisconsin is famous for its ice fishers — the stalwarts who drill holes through lake ice in the…
New Eagle Ford wells continue to show higher production

October 1, 2014

Increased drilling and improved drilling efficiency have led to significant crude oil production increases in the Eagle Ford…
Expert panel calls for public health research on natural gas drilling

August 12, 2014

Groundwater and air quality testing before, during, and after natural gas drilling – which includes hydraulic fracturing —…
Proposed Mars ‘Icebreaker’ mission detailed

April 23, 2014

Summary: NASA Scientists have outlined a new lander mission to Mars, dubbed ‘Icebreaker.’ According to their study, the lander…
NSF to continue operations of the drillship JOIDES Resolution

November 22, 2013

With authorization from the National Science Board (NSB), the National Science Foundation (NSF) will enter into a cooperative…
New drilling technique helps reveal the “plumbing” beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet

August 19, 2013

Scientists’ understanding of how Greenland Ice Sheet melt water travels in passages along the bedrock below fails to…
Expedition to the Gulf of Alaska: Scientists Study Coastal Mountains and Glaciers

May 30, 2013

Geologists aboard the scientific ocean drilling vessel JOIDES Resolution have embarked on their next adventure: studying glaciers to learn how…
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