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August 01, 2014
Spinach could lead to alternative energy more powerful than Popeye
West Lafayette IN (SPX) Jul 24, 2014
Spinach gave Popeye super strength, but it also holds the promise of a different power for a group of scientists: the ability to convert sunlight into a clean, efficient alternative fuel. Purdue University physicists are part of an international group using spinach to study the proteins involved in photosynthesis, the process by which plants convert the sun's energy into carbohydrates used to power cellular processes. "The proteins we study are part of the most efficient system ever built, c ... read more
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Biofuels benefit energy security, Secretary Moniz says
The U.S. federal government said it awarded $12.6 million in research grants to help improve feedstocks for the development of biofuels. ... more

German laws make biogas a bad bet, RWE Innogy says
German energy company RWE Innogy said Thursday it was abandoning plans to build a biogas plant in the east of the country because of economic concerns. ... more

U.S. looking for ways to make biofuels cheaper
The U.S. Energy Department said it was spending $6.3 million on research aimed at generating a biofuel that could be cost competitive by 2017. ... more
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Hunger for vegetable oil means trouble for Africa's great apes
The vegetable oil found in your popcorn or soap might not be ape friendly, and the situation appears likely to get even worse, according to an analysis in the Cell Press journal Current Biology. ... more


Microbe sniffer could point the way to next-gen bio-refining
A new biosensor invented at UBC could help optimize bio-refining processes that produce fuels, fine chemicals and advanced materials. It works by sniffing out naturally occurring bacterial networks ... more
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The JBEI GT Collection: A New Resource for Advanced Biofuels Research
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) have unveiled the first glycosyltransferase clone collection specifically targeted for the study of the biosynth ... more

A Win-Win-Win Solution for Biofuel, Climate, and Biodiversity
Fossil fuel emissions release billions of tons of carbon into the atmosphere each year, which is changing the climate and threatening the sustainability of life on planet Earth. In Brazil, the deman ... more
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Saving Seeds the Right Way Can Save the World's Plants

Marine pest provides advances in maritime anti-fouling and biomedicine

Chinese mosquitos on the Baltic Sea

Exploring 3-D printing to make organs for transplants

Scientists caution against exploitation of deep ocean

Major turtle nesting beaches protected in one of the UK's far flung overseas territories

Conservation scientists asking wrong questions on climate change impacts on wildlife


Water-cleanup catalysts tackle biomass upgrading
Rice University chemical engineer Michael Wong has spent a decade amassing evidence that palladium-gold nanoparticles are excellent catalysts for cleaning polluted water, but even he was surprised a ... more

In Austria, heat is 'recycled' from the sewer
Vast amounts of hot water from household appliances, businesses and factories gurgle down the drain every day, wasting not only H2O but also another precious resource: heat energy. ... more

More than just food for koalas -- eucalyptus -- a global tree for fuel and fiber
From antiseptic oils to the construction of didgeridoos, the traditional Australian Aboriginal wind instrument, the eucalyptus tree serves myriad purposes, accounting for its status as one of the wo ... more
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EU agrees plan to cap use of food-based biofuels
The European Union agreed Friday to limit the bloc's use of biofuels made directly from agricultural products after criticism they push up food prices and add to pollution. ... more

Genome could unlock eucalyptus potential for paper, fuel and fiber
In a collaborative effort spanning five continents, scientists have announced the complete sequencing of one of the world's most widely planted trees, Eucalyptus grandis. Used for fuel and tim ... more
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Lifetime of gravity measurements heralds new beginning

Orion Tests Set Stage for Mission

Mars 2020 rover will carry tools to make oxygen

Early Earth suffered 500-million-year asteroid storm

Printing the Metals of the Future

Young binary star system may form planets with weird and wild orbits

Tidal forces gave moon its shape


York scientists provide new insights into biomass breakdown
Scientists at the University of York are playing a key role in the quest for a better understanding of how a recently discovered family of enzymes can degrade hard-to-digest biomass into its constit ... more

Navy seeks huge bio-fuels acquisition
The U.S. Navy reports it is seeking at least 37 million gallons of drop-in bio-fuels for delivery from April of next year. ... more

Transforming hydrogen into liquid fuel using atmospheric CO2
Hydrogen is often touted as the fuel of the future. But because this gas is highly explosive, it must be stored and transported under pressure in specialized and expensive containers. Hydrogen there ... more

Researchers create microbes for direct conversion of biomass to fuel
The promise of affordable transportation fuels from biomass-a sustainable, carbon neutral route to American energy independence-has been left perpetually on hold by the economics of the conversion p ... more

Microalgae Capable Of Assimilating The Ammonium From Agri-Food Waste
The Basque Institute for Agricultural Research and Development, Neiker-Tecnalia, the public body that reports to the Sub-Ministry for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food Policy of the Government of the ... more


Green and yellow - straw from oilseed as a new source of biofuels
The bright yellow fields of oilseed rape are a familiar sight at this time of year, but for scientists what lies beneath is just as exciting. Researchers at the Institute of Food Research are lookin ... more

EU study assesses turning CO2 into methanol for use in transport
Tecnalia has collaborated in a study for the European Parliament's Science and Technology Options Assessment Panel (STOA) on the future use of methanol, produced from carbon dioxide, in motorised tr ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
F-35B Successfully Completes Wet Runway And Crosswind Testing

Hindenburg, 80 years on, still divides Germany

Newest Tiger attack helo tested in Djibouti

Leidos taps AIBioTech for bio-weapon threat research

China Cultural Revolution 'hero' to make $30 mn from IPO

NATO unprepared for Russian attack: UK lawmakers

National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency taps BAE Systems for assist


NASA's Alternative Fuel Effects Research Showcased


New, fossil-fuel-free process makes biodiesel sustainable


Growing Camelina and Safflower in the Pacific Northwest


Boeing, Embraer team for biofuel use


Ames Lab creates multifunctional nanoparticles for cheaper, cleaner biofuel


Plants' Oil-Desaturating Enzymes Pair Up to Channel Metabolites


SE Asia palm oil problems could hit consumers worldwide


ACCESS II Alternative Jet Fuel Flight Tests Begin May 7, 2014


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