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Spanish island grows bugs to dye from

It's a parasitic bug that's barely bigger than a flea, but the cochineal is trying to make a comeback in Spain's Canary Islands where it is cultivated for its crimson dye.

dateSep 09, 2011 in Ecology
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The limits of the productive capacity of ecosystems

In a letter to Science published last week, Karl-Heinz Erb from the Institute of Social Ecology Vienna and a number of co-authors discuss how the measurement of biomass production and consumption can be used to gain a bett ...

dateDec 19, 2012 in Ecology
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Are we independent of rare metals?

Numerous metallic elements are regarded as "critical": on one hand, they play an ever more important role in so-called future technologies and on the other, there is a high risk of supply bottlenecks. Small and medium-sized ...

dateFeb 24, 2015 in Energy & Green Tech
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Chemicals and biofuel from wood biomass

(PhysOrg.com) -- A method developed at Aalto University in Finland makes it possible to use microbes to produce butanol suitable for biofuel and other industrial chemicals from wood biomass. Butanol is particularly ...

dateDec 19, 2011 in Biochemistry
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Recycling Styrofoam into rigid plastic

Mexican entrepreneurs designed the first machine in the nation capable of recycling Styrofoam (expanded polystyrene) and transforming it into a raw material used in the manufacture of transparent hard plastic.

dateNov 18, 2014 in Engineering
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