Archive: 27/05/2011

Putting the 'fuel' in biofuels

( -- Recent discussions of methods by which biomass -- grasses, trees, and other vegetation -- could be turned into fuel makes a lot of sense in theory. Plant matter is composed of energy-intensive carbohydrates, ...

dateMay 27, 2011 in Materials Science
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Tree rings open door on 1100 years of El Nino

( -- El Nino and La Nina, the periodic shifts in Pacific Ocean temperatures, affect weather around the globe, and many scientists have speculated that a warming planet will make those fluctuations more volatile, ...

dateMay 27, 2011 in Earth Sciences
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Orangutans bite back

( -- Life as a seed isn't easy: you need to be tough enough to deter all but the most muscular-jawed predators but no so hard that you can't germinate.

dateMay 27, 2011 in Plants & Animals
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Underground waters resist forced depollution

An experiment conducted at the EPFL Environmental Biotechnology Laboratory has demonstrated the role played by micro-organisms in the degradation – without oxygen – of a very common pollutant: vinyl chloride.

dateMay 27, 2011 in Environment
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