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A warming beer! Scientists look for biofuels in brew waste

A warming beer! Scientists look for biofuels in brew waste

Posted Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:23:02 GMT by Colin Ricketts

Microbes in brewery waste already saves brewers millions by producing methane and now scientists want to put these miniature workers to work on other useful tasks. Cornell scientists have been working with Anheuser-Busch Inbev, which brews Budweiser, to see if microbes which currently produce methane as they break down brewery waste can be put to other uses.

A warming beer! Scientists look for biofuels in brew waste

Using less fertilizer aids corn for fuel

Using less fertilizer aids corn for fuel

Posted Mon, 28 Feb 2011 15:07:01 GMT by Martin Leggett

Producing bioethanol from corn residues offers a potentially new twist on the food versus fuel debate. New research suggests that maximizing cellulose production from such residues requires less fertilizer - which also has environmental benefits. But how will that impact grain yields?

Using less fertilizer aids corn for fuel

Warming world could send plants downhill, not up

Warming world could send plants downhill, not up

Posted Fri, 25 Feb 2011 12:21:01 GMT by Laura Goodall

A hotter climate could make some plants move downhill to seek water, suggests new research that challenges the assumption that plants would move uphill to reach cooler elevations. Scientists at the University of Montana, the University of California, Davis, and the University of Idaho are the first to find a widespread downward shift in Californian mountain plants.

Warming world could send plants downhill, not up

Will Facebook Go Green by Earth Day?

Will Facebook Go Green by Earth Day?

Posted Fri, 25 Feb 2011 08:29:01 GMT by Lucy Brake

Greenpeace is putting pressure on Facebook to become a world leader in clean energy by this year's Earth Day. Earth Day is a global celebration of the Earth's natural environment and is a chance to promote and inspire awareness to taking better care of our precious resources.

Will Facebook Go Green by Earth Day?

Scavenger T.rex much more like a hyena than a lion

Scavenger T.rex much more like a hyena than a lion

Posted Wed, 23 Feb 2011 17:02:00 GMT by Louise Murray

An epic Montana fossil bed census suggests Tyrannosaurus rex was more of an opportunistic scavenger like a hyena, than an apex predator like a lion. This is the largest study of its kind in the world and the first complete picture of an ancient ecosystem dominated by dinosaurs.

Scavenger T.rex much more like a hyena than a lion

'Thunderthighs' - a new species of dinosaur discovered

'Thunderthighs' - a new species of dinosaur discovered

Posted Wed, 23 Feb 2011 12:22:00 GMT by Louise Murray

A new species of dinosaur, Brontomerus, literally 'thunderthighs', has been found in a quarry in Utah, USA. Named for it's extremely large thigh muscles, the larger than elephant-sized beast may have used them to kick fight predators or rivals.

'Thunderthighs' - a new species of dinosaur discovered

Biodiesel produced from wastewater microalgae

Biodiesel produced from wastewater microalgae

Posted Sun, 20 Feb 2011 10:04:00 GMT by Lucy Brake

Scientists have developed a way to extract a new kind of biodiesel from microalgae. They have worked out that once the microalgae have been through the treatment system and purified the wastewater then it can potentially be used to run construction vehicles, buses and farm equipment.

Biodiesel produced from wastewater microalgae

John Michael Greer Looks Forward to Our Ecotechnic Future

John Michael Greer Looks Forward to Our Ecotechnic Future

Posted Fri, 18 Feb 2011 12:33:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

Book Review of an excellent road map to a possible future way of living. The American Archdruid - yes, he really is a druid - and ecological author John Michael Greer has written a book called The Ecotechnic Future: Envisioning a Post-Peak World, a follow-on to his analysis of the short term predicament our society is in: The Long Descent.

John Michael Greer Looks Forward to Our Ecotechnic Future

Wind-powered car sails its way across continent

Wind-powered car sails its way across continent

Posted Wed, 16 Feb 2011 13:15:00 GMT by Astrid Madsen

The Wind Explorer, a wind-powered vehicle recently completed journey across Australia. You've heard of solar powered cars, now it's time to welcome wind powered vehicles, which by and large avail of the same basic technology - bar the kites and the turbine!

Wind-powered car sails its way across continent

Did some dinosaurs survive the mass extinction?

Did some dinosaurs survive the mass extinction?

Posted Wed, 16 Feb 2011 09:59:00 GMT by Michael Evans

A new method of dating indicates that a New Mexico dinosaur was alive 700,000 years after the ''mass extinction'' of all the others. Is it possible that the previously accepted date is wrong? Researchers from the University of Alberta have cast shadow of doubt on this timescale after they examined a fossilised hadrosaur bone that was discovered in New Mexico.

Did some dinosaurs survive the mass extinction?

Evolution stumbling block to strong scientific education in US

Evolution stumbling block to strong scientific education in US

Posted Tue, 15 Feb 2011 16:31:00 GMT by Michael Evans

The reluctance of US high school science teachers to teach evolutionary biology is causing a major stumbling block in the provision of a sound scientific education. Evolution is one of those things that you either believe in or you don't and recent research indicates that more than half of US public school science teachers are not strong advocates of evolutionary biology.

Evolution stumbling block to strong scientific education in US

Lithium-air batteries a thing of the future, scientists say

Lithium-air batteries a thing of the future, scientists say

Posted Mon, 14 Feb 2011 17:37:00 GMT by Rachel England

Advances in battery technology such as lithium-air batteries are unlikely to happen soon. Electric vehicles are gaining popularity around the world, but their potential for becoming completely mainstream remains hampered by the limited range of their lithium-ion batteries.

Lithium-air batteries a thing of the future, scientists say

Scientists find value in waste incineration ash

Scientists find value in waste incineration ash

Posted Fri, 11 Feb 2011 09:25:00 GMT by Rachel England

Fly ash treatment proves environmental winner. MSWI reduces the volume and weight of social refuse and generates power as it is burnt. The resulting fly ash contains a variety of sought-after elements, including silica, aluminium, iron, calcium and bromine. However, it also contains elements of lead, zinc, mercury and cadmium (among other heavy metals), making it a hazardous waste material and as such it is predominantly sent to landfill.

Scientists find value in waste incineration ash

Electric dreams? or is there a drive towards electric vehicles

Electric dreams? or is there a drive towards electric vehicles

Posted Thu, 10 Feb 2011 14:39:00 GMT by Simon Kent

The drive towards electric vehicles pick up speed. China is set to create at least 10 million electric car charging points by 2020. A heavy dependence on foreign oil, plus significant CO2 levels are leading the country to push towards a more environmentally friendly transport infrastructure.

Electric dreams? or is there a drive towards electric vehicles

The impact of oxygen-poor oceans on the early evolution of animals

The impact of oxygen-poor oceans on the early evolution of animals

Posted Wed, 19 Jan 2011 09:09:01 GMT by Michael Evans

How fluctuations in levels of oceanic oxygen affected the early evolution of animal life. The accepted view of the Earth's history is that for its first four billion years it was in an anoxic state and that about 600 million years ago the oceans became oxygen-rich to approximately the degree that they are today.

The impact of oxygen-poor oceans on the early evolution of animals

Bigger hybrids are on a roll

Bigger hybrids are on a roll

Posted Tue, 18 Jan 2011 16:04:01 GMT by Julian Jackson

Hybrid vehicles get bigger and better with significant numbers expected to be on the road by 2015. Hybrid cars like the Toyota Prius have been the automotive success-story of the last decade, and this has fuelled growth in hybrid power for bigger vehicles like buses and trucks. Hybrid vehicles use electric power to supplement the polluting and inefficient internal combustion engine (ICE) which powers most vehicles using petrol or diesel.

Bigger hybrids are on a roll

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Thermo-learning from Nest Labs

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Water fleas swap infection for reproduction

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Ants are good at crowd control!

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Gorilla genomes and hopes for hominids

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Common species are most important in ecosystems

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