The philanthropic arm of Google just announced a $10.25 million investment in some whizzbang science called Enhanced Geothermal Systems. I’m not going to pretend to know what that means. Okay. I’ll pretend: “It’s like making tiny steam engines out of hot springs … only much, much bigger … and at places where the hot springs were a secret.” Anyway, a very specific part of that investment — $489,521 — goes to SMU “to improve understanding of the size and distribution of geothermal energy resources and to update geothermal mapping of North America.” Here’s more on the announcement. And here’s more on SMU’s Geothermal Lab.