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  • Fracking Brings Riches and Reservations Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:41 AM ET

    Amid cries for energy independence, fracking has become crucial to taking advantage of previously untapped resources. Take a closer look at hydraulic fracturing, and why the technology has become so important and controversial.

  • Natural Gas: A Raging Bull in its Battle with Coal Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:39 AM ET

    Environmental issues aside,  the economics of natural gas may have already dethroned coal as the nation's key source of electrical power.

  • Fracking Would Revive Texas' Energy-Patch Glory Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:37 AM ET

    Natural gas has often taken a backseat to crude oil in the Texas energy business, but the advent of fracking shale gas has given it star billing in the Lone Star State — and the nation.

  • Big Players Poised for Big Payoff Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:36 AM ET

    The natural gas industry may be hurting from rock-bottom prices now but if allowed to fully exploit the shale-gas boom, there may be few losers and many winners in the years to come.

  • The Fracking of America Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:34 AM ET
    Men work on a natural gas valve at a hydraulic fracturing site.

    It's almost impossible to overestimate the importance of fracking to the natural gas industry and the nation. It's also difficult to understate the controversy surrounding the environmental issues.  Our special report, "Who's Winning the Natural Gas Game?," addresses both

  • Should Government Get Involved in the Boom? Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:34 AM ET

    Other countries have invested billions in alternative fuels, from Brazil's government-sponsored soybean-ethanol push to France's headlong expansion of nuclear power after the oil shocks of the 1970s. Should the U.S. do the same? 

  • Bounty Could Make or Break Other Industries Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:33 AM ET

    The proliferation of fracking and the likelihood of a long-running, shale-gas boom are destined to make winners and losers out of a lot of industries beyond the energy sector.

  • Poll: Is Shale-Gas Fracking Safe? Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:32 AM ET

    Proponents say proper technology for fracking is already in place, but opponents worry about water contamination. What do you think?

  • Istanbul's Arasta Bazaar

    Though Turkey was one of several countries to receive a temporary waiver from U.S. sanctions, it is looking to Saudi Arabia and Libya for crude oil, as well as a number of other energy sources.

  • Japan Ends Its Nuclear Shutdown Sunday, 17 Jun 2012 | 8:32 PM ET

    Japan has given final approval for the restart of two nuclear reactors, a move that will end a total shutdown of the atomic power sector caused by safety fears raised by last year’s crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi plant. The FT reports.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: Gold's Big 1-Day Gain     Thursday, 17 May 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: FOMC & Gold     Tuesday, 24 Apr 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Nuclear Fusion Edges Closer to Commercialization Monday, 23 Apr 2012 | 1:01 PM ET

    While the commercialization of nuclear fusion takes baby steps into its fourth decade, the next-generation of fission plants could be supplying power within a few years.

  • North Korea is once again testing relations with the world, as it prepares to test-fire a long-range missile in the face of strong warnings from the United States.

  • Next Big Thing: Arrival of the Robots     Thursday, 12 Apr 2012 | 5:40 PM ET

    Colin Angle, iRobot Corp. CEO, discusses recent advances in "app ready" robot services for health care, retail, and the security industry. Also, the outlook for domestic and international growth, with the Fast Money traders.

  • In a move designed to shore up his standing, Kim Jong-un received the title of 'first secretary' ahead of the centennial of his grandfather's birth and an anticipated rocket launch, the Christian Science Monitor reports.

  • CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Post-Traumatic Filmmaking in Japan Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 12:48 AM ET

    The tsunami that hit Japan last year inspired many documentaries, 29 of which were shown at the Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival in October, the New York Times reports.

  • A man looks at Chubu Electric Power Co.'s Hamaoka nuclear power station in Omaezaki city, Shizuoka prefecture, Japan.

    Japan's controversial Hamaoka nuclear plant, shut down after Fukushima, wants to reopen once a 54-ft.-high, mile-long wall is finished. But the plant also sits on a seismic fault line, raising more than a few doubts.