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August 26, 2016
Biochemists describe light-driven conversion of greenhouse gas to fuel
Salt Lake City UT (SPX) Aug 26, 2016
By way of a light-driven bacterium, Utah State University biochemists are a step closer to cleanly converting harmful carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion into usable fuels. Using the phototropic bacterium Rhodopseudomonas palustris as a biocatalyst, the scientists generated methane from carbon dioxide in one enzymatic step. "It's a baby step, but it's also a big step," says USU professor Lance Seefeldt. "Imagine the far-reaching benefits of large-scale capture of environmentally d ... read more

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Fresh outlook on the photocatalytic reduction of carbon dioxide
The conversion of carbon dioxide molecule into valuable chemicals and fuels is an interesting research area with multidisciplinary aspects. Scientists all over the world have been investigatin ... more

South American Egg Producer Invests in German Energy Plant Technology
WELTEC BIOPOWER will shortly start building an anaerobic digestion plant for Colombia's largest egg producer. The 800-kW biogas plant is to go live in early 2017. In terms of the feedstock input, th ... more

Sewage sludge could make great sustainable fertilizer
Ever thought of putting sewage on your plants? Scientists say thermally conditioned sewage sludge serves as an excellent fertilizer to improve soil properties. This was recently published in the ope ... more
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Engineering a better biofuel
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National Trust historic home enjoys 21st Century heat
An historic mansion housing one of the world's finest collections of antique miniatures is reaping the benefits of being heated by the latest in 21st Century green technology. Northumberland ( ... more

Transition from Operations to Decommissioning by Preparing a Safe, Cost-Effective Shut Down and Waste Management Strategy

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Biofuel production technique could reduce cost, antibiotics use
The cost and environmental impact of producing liquid biofuels and biochemicals as alternatives to petroleum-based products could be significantly reduced, thanks to a new metabolic engineering tech ... more

The Thai village using poop to power homes
Nestled in a deep pocket of forest that lies off Thailand's electrical grid, villagers in Pa Deng have become early adopters and evangelists for an unusual alternative energy source: poop. ... more
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Analog DNA circuit does math in a test tube

Water shortage: The demise of the Maya civilization

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The relationship between erosion and tectonics in the Himalayas

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Patented bioelectrodes have electrifying taste for waste
New research at Michigan State University and published in the current issue of Nature Communications shows how Geobacter bacteria grow as films on electrodes and generate electricity - a process th ... more

Bioenergy decisions involve wildlife habitat and land use trade-offs
New research from North Carolina State University and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) finds that choosing how to meet bioenergy goals means making trade-offs about which wildlife species and ecosy ... more

Novel 'repair system' discovered in algae may yield new tools for biotechnology
A new way of fixing inactive proteins has been discovered in an algae, which uses chloroplast extracts and light to release an interrupting sequence from a protein. Research specialist Stephen Campb ... more
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Biological wizardry ferments carbon monoxide into biofuel
Cornell University biological engineers have deciphered the cellular strategy to make the biofuel ethanol, using an anaerobic microbe feeding on carbon monoxide - a common industrial waste gas. ... more

Scientists harness CO2 to consolidate biofuel production process
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Can palm oil be sustainable
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Neural networks to obtain synthetic petroleum
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Russia to design super-heavy carrier rocket

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Weed stems ripe for biofuel

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Forest-destroying palm oil powers cars in EU

Scientists turning human waste into biofuel in South Korea

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