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July 22, 2014
Biofuels benefit energy security, Secretary Moniz says
Washington (UPI) Jul 18, 2013
The U.S. federal government said it awarded $12.6 million in research grants to help improve feedstocks for the development of biofuels. "Biofuels and bio-based products offer the potential of homegrown American resources that can reduce our dependence on imported oil and also cut carbon emissions," Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said in a statement. Joint funding from the Departments of Energy and Agriculture target genetics used to improve the development of non-food plant resources for ... read more
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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

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
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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


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
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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

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
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Scientists complete chromosome-based draft of the wheat genome

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BYU professor helping to eradicate fatal sleeping sickness

The bend in the Appalachian mountain chain is finally explained

Death toll rises, blackouts remain in Philippines after typhoon

China shuts meat producer supplying KFC and McDonald's


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

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
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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

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
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Sierra Nevada Contacts All Six On-Orbit ORBCOMM Generation 2 Satellites

Lunar Pits Could Shelter Astronauts, Reveal Details of How 'Man in the Moon' Formed

Scientists release most thorough map yet of Mars

Researchers crush diamond with biggest laser in world

New UAV for background radiation monitoring

Japanese androids take us closer to 'Blade Runner' future


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

NASA's Alternative Fuel Effects Research Showcased
Social media followers and news media representatives from across the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom came to the high desert of Southern California May 20 to learn about a NASA project ... more
Military Space News, Nuclear Weapons, Missile Defense
'Doomsday sputnik': Russia said to launch new missile-attack warning satellite

China says spy ship operations 'in line with international law'

Iran complying with nuclear deal: UN watchdog

Insurgent threat shatters Iraq Christians' uneasy peace

Israel mourns, but undeterred by soldier deaths

Britain's Cameron urges military sanctions against Russia

N. Korea defends missile tests, warns 'gangster' US


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


Fueling aviation with hardwoods


Ozone levels drop 20 percent with switch from ethanol to gasoline


Study casts doubt on climate benefit of biofuels from corn residue

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