These cyborg bacteria are better at photosynthesis than plants

August 24, 2017 by  
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Could cyborg bacteria generate clean power in the future? Researchers at UC Berkeley covered bacteria with small semiconductors that function like solar panels in order to see how much of the sun’s energy they could capture. The cyborg bacteria have a solar efficiency of 80% – which is four times greater than commercial solar panels and six times greater than the chlorophyll plants use in photosynthesis . Researchers in Peidong Yang’s laboratory gave the nonphotosynthetic bacterium Moorella thermoacetica cadmium, and the bacteria’s natural defense allowed it to produce cadmium sulfide crystals which accrued on the outside of their bodies and essentially acted as mini solar panels. The bacteria normally can produce acetic acid – which can be used for fuel, plastics, or pharmaceuticals – with carbon dioxide (CO2). But using their tiny solar panels, they were able to create acetic acid more efficiently with CO2, light, and water. Related: Cambridge scientists use light and plants to make cheap, clean hydrogen Kelsey Sakimoto of Harvard University , a past member of Yang’s group, told the BBC, “It’s shamefully simple, we’ve harnessed a natural ability of these bacteria that had never been looked at through this lens…You grow them in their liquid broth and you just add small aliquots of cadmium solution and you wait a couple of days and out pops these photosynthetic organisms. It’s all very simple, mix-in-a-pot chemistry .” Artificial photosynthesis techniques can be expensive, but big vats of liquid, in which the bacteria can be kept in sunlight, are really all that’s needed for this new process, so it could work well even in rural areas or developing countries . The self-replicating, self-regenerating bacteria offer a zero-waste technology, according to UC Berkeley. Sakimoto and Yang presented the research at the recent meeting of the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C. Via the BBC , The Verge , and the University of California, Berkeley Images via planetMitch aunger on Unsplash and Kelsey K. Sakimoto

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How BioLite camping stoves are saving lives in developing countries

February 23, 2015 by  
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Approximately 3 billion people around the world lack access to modern energy , and cook over open flames that billow smoke and cause severe cardiac and respiratory illnesses. BioLite HomeStoves are clean-burning, efficient, and low-cost biomass cookstoves that use twigs and branches as fuel, and burn as hot as gas stoves without creating any smoke. They also generate electricity as they burn , allowing those in developing countries to gain access to green energy as they cook. Read the rest of How BioLite camping stoves are saving lives in developing countries Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “sustainable energy” , BioLite , BioLite camping stoves , biolite home stove , Biolite HomeStove , BioLite stoves , camping stove , camping stoves , clean fuel , cooking food , cooking fuel , cooking stove , developing countries , developing world , fuel , generating electricity , home stove , HomeStove , kickstarter , renewable energy , The BioLite BaseCamp Stove

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Japanese Company Turns Adult Diapers into Energy Source

May 4, 2010 by  
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Wearing adult diapers just got a whole lot cooler — a Japanese company called Super Faith has developed a miraculous system that turns used diapers into a clean fuel source in about 24 hours. The elderly care industry in Japan is growing and along with it the number of disposable adult diapers.

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First Train Fueled by Beef Biodiesel Hits the Rails in Texas

April 21, 2010 by  
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The nation’s first commuter train using a cleaner renewable biodiesel fuel blend launched yesterday as Amtrak’s Heartland Flyer chugged from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Fort Worth, Texas on a blend of diesel and a beef byproduct. The fuel is a B20 blend — 20% biofuel and 80% diesel — and the Heartland Flyer will be conducting a 12-month study on the effects of the fuel on the train’s emissions, mechanics and performance

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Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC Set To Get A Major Facelift

April 21, 2010 by  
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As the most respected and well-known institute for fashion design in the US, you’d expect the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City to have a glamorous and stunning building to inspire students and fashion designers.

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