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First algae, now spinach to be green energy source
The Washington Examiner ^ | April 25, 2012 | Joel Gehrke

Posted on 04/25/2012 10:25:20 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY

President Obama recently touted algae as a potential source of energy, and now the Environmental Protection Agency has invested in converting spinach into an energy source.

The EPA awarded a $90,000 grant over the weekend to Vanderbilt University students "who designed a biohybrid solar panel that substitutes a protein from spinach for expensive silicon wafers that are energy intensive to produce, and is capable of producing electricity."

The team of engineering students -- Eric Dilbone, Phil Ingram, Trevan Locke, Paul McDonald and Jason Ogg -- "also won the Marketplace Innovation Award from Paladin Capital, a private equity firm, and the Student Choice Award, a special nod from their peers in competition," according to Vanderbilt.

The idea is that "a miniature bio-cell can produce minute electricity from Photosystem I (PSI), the protein in plant chloroplasts that converts light to electrochemical energy."

(Excerpt) Read more at campaign2012.washingtonexaminer.com ...


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1 posted on 04/25/2012 10:25:23 AM PDT by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY

What about KUDZU????

Geesh.


2 posted on 04/25/2012 10:26:25 AM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Hey, if it works for Popeye!


3 posted on 04/25/2012 10:26:40 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: Free ThinkerNY

and just like algae, there simplyt ain’t enough of the stuiff around to make a difference...unless you’re talking abotu obtaining federal dollars to spend on it...


4 posted on 04/25/2012 10:26:46 AM PDT by camle (keep an open mind and someone will fill it full of something for you)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

“Well, blow me down! Hyukhyukhyuk!!!”

Popeye the Sailor Man


5 posted on 04/25/2012 10:27:00 AM PDT by jagusafr ("Write in Palin and prepare for war...")
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Of course spinach is a source of energy. Obama has heard of Popeye. Don’t sell him short!

Is that you Bluto?

/s...


6 posted on 04/25/2012 10:28:09 AM PDT by DoughtyOne (Okay, now lets see if the RNC, Rove, and Card can get him elected without their core base. Game on!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Oh brother!

Can it get any stupider? Yes, it can. Every day it’s another stupid idea/trick.


7 posted on 04/25/2012 10:29:24 AM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (Anyone not wanting an ID or purple thumb to vote isn't worthy of voting privilege.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I love spinach. I can plant it in the late summer, early fall and it will survive an Arseachusetts winter and grow to epic proportions the next Spring. A virtual perennial!


8 posted on 04/25/2012 10:32:21 AM PDT by Peter from Rutland
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To: jagusafr

I don’t think I’d say “blow me down!” anywhere near Obama...


9 posted on 04/25/2012 10:32:39 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1191 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I have a hypothesis for a potential energy source: dog turds.
The idea is that the turds decompose in your gas tank
creating methane, but it requires further study.
$90,000, please.


10 posted on 04/25/2012 10:37:56 AM PDT by tumblindice (Our new, happy lives.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Drive your spinach! There are little boys and girls all over the world who’d love to have their mommies put spinach in their tank.


11 posted on 04/25/2012 10:42:45 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

ohhhh....that Popeye copyright is in deep trouble on this thread...


12 posted on 04/25/2012 10:43:04 AM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Approved by Me! Yuck, yuck, yuck!


13 posted on 04/25/2012 10:50:02 AM PDT by Clock King (Ellisworth Toohey was right: My head's gonna explode.)
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To: RushIsMyTeddyBear

My vote is for Kudzu.


14 posted on 04/25/2012 10:50:18 AM PDT by EggsAckley ( There's an Ethiopian in the fuel supply ! ! ..)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

The forward seeing Popeye was so misunderstood.


15 posted on 04/25/2012 11:00:17 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (Newt 2012)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

If we bulldoze all of the bankrupt solar panel companies and planted spinach, I bet we could grow a lot of it.


16 posted on 04/25/2012 11:01:53 AM PDT by Kinder Gentler Machinegun Hand
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Obama: Popeye's energy policy plus Wimpy's fiscal policy.
17 posted on 04/25/2012 11:04:22 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

I guess Michelle will be upset since the price of spinach will be going up and now Americans will be getting more obese.


18 posted on 04/25/2012 11:11:40 AM PDT by Idaho_Cowboy (Man of a thousand tag lines)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Spinach???

"Marvelous!!!

19 posted on 04/25/2012 11:12:05 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: KarlInOhio

winning post


20 posted on 04/25/2012 11:12:25 AM PDT by rightly_dividing (Newt 2012)
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To: JaguarXKE

“Hey, if it works for Popeye!”

It also works for Olive Oyl, here is one of my favorites:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VM8bvTkj-M


21 posted on 04/25/2012 11:12:33 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: JaguarXKE

Next he’ll come up with something from the Flinstones while getting inspired by the Jetsons.


22 posted on 04/25/2012 11:16:02 AM PDT by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: KarlInOhio

Don’t forget Bluto’s legal policy.


23 posted on 04/25/2012 1:12:10 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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