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Switching algae on and off may help with cancer and biofuels

Scientists have found a way to switch certain cells on and off – a type of “cellular snooze button”. Knowing this could potentially help researchers improve biofuel production and cancer detection.

Tricking algae into making biofuels

Scientists have found a way to manipulate the internal clock of algae into thinking it is permanent daylight. This technique could lead to increased biofuel production.

Microbes harnessed to make isobutanol for biofuels

The combination of a bacterium and a fungus have been used to turn tough waste plant material into isobutanol for use as a biofuel.

Wood-eating gribble helps to produce biofuel

Tiny marine wood-borers called 'gribbles' contain an enzyme which could be used to turn paper, scrap wood and straw into a liquid biofuel.

Algae engineered to create richer biofuels

Chemists based at the University of California, Davis, have found several compounds that can boost oil production by green microscopic algae, a potential source of biodiesel.

GMO plant created for biofuel production

Researchers at Michigan State University have engineered a plant with oily leaves. The plant has been designed to enhance biofuel production and lead to improved animal feeds.

Green biodiesel possibility

Scientists have successfully engineered two strains of blue-green algae like bacteria (cyanobacteria) to produce a liquid fuel. The fuel is being declared as an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels.

Bees in Alsace make M&M's coloured honey

Ribeauville - Beekeepers in Alsace in eastern France had a nasty surprise recently after discovering their bees were producing honey in shades of blue, green and chocolate brown. The source of the problem was traced to a nearby Mars factory producing M&M's sweets.

Biofuel waste product recycled for electricity

A waste product from the manufacture of biofuels has been developed to power fuel cells, which in turn can be used to generate low cost electricity.

Op-Ed: Death By Radical Environmentalism

Two startling new reports illustrate how policies advanced by radical environmentalists have resulted in the deaths of tens of millions, and may yet result in the deaths of millions more.

Study says US biofuels policies flawed

Rice University policy paper says U,S. needs to rethink its policy of promoting ethanol to diversify its energy sources and increase energy security.

Op-Ed: Biofuels, the Answer to our Future Energy Needs

With instability in the Middle East, the shrinking oil reserves, and global warming, many countries are turning to biofuels as the answer to their fuel needs of the future.

ExxonMobil will launch biofuels program

ExxonMobil announced an alliance with leading biotech company, Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), to research and develop next generation biofuels from photosynthetic algae.

First Shipment of Biodiesel Ever Through American Pipeline

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners announced Wednesday the first successful transport of biodiesel for commercial purposes. The pipeline is located in the southeastern United states and is owned by Plantation Pipeline Company.

Biofuels could clean up Chernobyl 'badlands'

Company claims contaminated lands, blighted by fallout from the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, could be cleaned up in a clever way: by growing biofuels.

Is bioelectricity the answer?

Instead of pumping biofuels into our cars, researchers in California are finding benefits in using these biofuels to generate electricity.

Op-Ed: Developing Countries Must Be Made Accountable For Reforestation Funds

Developing countries must not be given a free ride as far as funds for reforestation are concerned. Before demanding or expecting funds from the developed nations, these countries must first assure the world that these funds would not be misused.

Gasification Subject of New Research

Say the word “biofuels” and most people think of grain ethanol and biodiesel. But an older technology called gasification is getting a new look from researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory and Iowa State University.

UK: Accountibilty, Quality Issues Raise Questions About Effectiveness Of Biofuels

A recent study in Britain showed that only a small percentage of biofuels used as transport fuels actually conform to the environmental standards.

Crop Residue May Be Too Valuable To Harvest For Biofuels

Converting crop residues into ethanol may seem like a great idea; however, that might not be advisable for farmers growing crops without irrigation in regions receiving less than 25 inches of precipitation annually

Food Prices Up 75% Due to Biofuel production

An unpublished World Bank report states a large-scale push in the U.S. and the European Union (UN) to convert food crops to biofuel has tightened supplies and raised financial speculation,

50 Million More Hungry People in 2007

The number of hungry people increased by about 50 million in 2007 as a result of high food prices, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said today.

Biofuels Increase Food Prices 30 Per Cent, 30 Million People Face Poverty Worldwide

According to a report issued by aid agency Oxfam today, biofuels are to blame for a 30 per cent increase in global food prices. In the search for alternative fuel sources, Oxfam says biofuels have also pushed 30 million people into poverty globally.

Solar-Powered Future Soldiers

A major-scale project if successful would enable soldiers to have uniforms fitted with solar panels to charge basic equipment like radios, phones etc.

Study Finds Some Biofuels Might Harm The Environment

New research led by a biologist at the University of Washington, Bothell, shows that some of the most popular current biofuel stocks might have exactly the opposite impacts than intended.

FAO Says April Food Prices fell

The Food and Agriculture organizations says that in April food prices fell; others warn against over optimism; many of the factors that have boosted food prices had not gone away.

Fungus For Fuel

Plants gained their ancestral toehold on dry land with considerable help from their fungal friends. Now, millennia later, that partnership is being exploited as a strategy to bolster biomass production for next-generation biofuels.

Farmers and Ethanol Producers Weigh In On The Bio-Fuel Debate

The use of food-based bio-fuels such as corn ethanol has been brought up for debate. Recently, there was a clash between US President George W. Bush and several top scientists. Now, the farmers and ethanol producers have weighed in.

Scientists Bring Up Fighting World Hunger vs. Fighting Gas Prices Argument

On the issue of world hunger and food prices, several top scientists have linked the world food crisis with the use of food-based bio-fuels. One example of a common bio-fuel is corn ethanol.

UN Special Rapporteur Says Biofuel Production Criminal

The United States and the European Union have taken a “criminal path” by contributing to an explosive rise in global food prices through using food crops to produce biofuels
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