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  • Superhero Oil-burping Algae Will Save The World

    11/22/2011 7:37:59 PM PST · by Razzz42 · 25 replies
    www.theregister ^ | 22nd November 2011 | Andrew Orlowski
    No more war, no more tree-hugging hippies lecturing you There are (at least) around 60 startups hoping to produce oil and diesel biologically, with accelerated fermentation or photosynthesis techniques to produce an end product that is 100 per cent compatible with the existing infrastructure. Some, for example, tweak the algae to make them do photosynthesis anything from 40 to 100 times more efficiently. LS9 received $30m in funding and has a one-step process to convert sugar to create renewable petrol. It expects production within five years. If oil prices remain high, say over $40 or $50 a barrel, then it's...
  • Greed and lethargy father energy and emplyment crisis

    02/23/2011 12:43:49 PM PST · by Mike Acker · 13 replies
    23FEB2011 | Mike Acker
    we are looking right down the barrel -- of an empty barrel, of oil.Gasoline at $5/gal will affect the ability of our people to get back and forth to work. At higher levels it will put a lot of us out of work due to a lack of transportation. Ration cards, perhaps?We didn't have to come to this point: we could have built a synthetic fuel industry. The process for making gasoline from coal has long been established and we could have started with that, and moved on to algae, or garbage -- both of which have already been testedI...
  • Vaccine made with synthetic gene protects against deadly pneumonia

    02/22/2011 5:18:40 AM PST · by decimon · 10 replies
    Albert Einstein College of Medicine ^ | February 22, 2011 | Unknown
    Triggers protective immune response while preventing fatal inflammationFebruary 22, 2011 — (BRONX, NY) — Researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University have developed an experimental vaccine that appears to protect against an increasingly common and particularly deadly form of pneumococcal pneumonia. Details of the new vaccine, which was tested in an animal model, are reported in a paper published today in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. Pneumococcal pneumonia can occur when the lungs are infected with the bacterial species Streptococcus pneumoniae (also known as pneumococcus). "Like many microbes that cause pneumonia, pneumococcus is spread from person to...
  • Scientists Create Synthetic Organism

    05/30/2010 9:37:12 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 25 replies · 532+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 5/21/2010 | Robert Lee Hotz
    Heralding a potential new era in biology, scientists for the first time have created a synthetic cell, completely controlled by man-made genetic instructions, researchers at the private J. Craig Venter Institute announced Thursday. "We call it the first synthetic cell," said genomics pioneer Craig Venter, who oversaw the project. "These are very much real cells." Created at a cost of $40 million, this experimental one-cell organism, which can reproduce, opens the way to the manipulation of life on a previously unattainable scale, several researchers and ethics experts said. Scientists have been altering DNA piecemeal for a generation, producing a menagerie...
  • US team creates first 'synthetic life' (bacteria cell controlled by a synthetic genome)

    05/20/2010 11:45:42 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 35 replies · 951+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 5/20/10 | Jean-Louis Santini
    WASHINGTON (AFP) – US researchers have developed the first bacteria cell controlled by a synthetic genome, in a breakthrough which may pose philosophical and scientific questions about the bid to recreate life. "This is the first synthetic cell that's been made," said lead researcher Craig Venter, as the discovery was unveiled. "We call it synthetic because the cell is totally derived from a synthetic chromosome, made with four bottles of chemicals on a chemical synthesizer, starting with information in a computer." The team said it now hopes to use the method it has developed "to probe the basic machinery of...
  • New synthetic material traps nuclear waste

    01/28/2010 11:31:32 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 6 replies · 441+ views
    Nuclear Power Daily ^ | 1/27/2010 | AFB via Nuclear Power Daily
    Northwestern University scientists say they've created a material that can trap the radioactive ion cesium while ignoring harmless ions such as sodium. Researchers led by Professor Mercouri Kanatzidis said their synthetic material is made from layers of a gallium, sulfur and antimony compound. They said it has been extremely successful in removing cesium -- found in nuclear waste, but very difficult to clean up -- from a sodium-heavy solution that consisted of concentrations similar to those found in real liquid nuclear waste. The scientists said the new material sequestered 100 percent of the cesium ions from the solution, while simultaneously...
  • Concerns over synthetic fragrances in breast milk [beer?... is it possible?]

    04/30/2007 8:18:55 AM PDT · by bedolido · 9 replies · 318+ views
    newscientist.com ^ | 04-29-2007 | staff writer
    Record levels of synthetic fragrances from everyday cleaning, deodorising and beauty products have been found in the breast milk of American women. Kurunthachalam Kannan from New York state's Department of Health and his colleagues found that levels of synthetic musks in breast milk from 39 women were five times those found in European women nearly a decade ago.
  • Air Force using B-52s to test synthetic aviation fuel

    09/10/2006 9:53:29 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 14 replies · 1,861+ views
    Valley Press on . ^ | Sunday, September 10, 2006 | ALLISON GATLIN
    EDWARDS AFB - Searching for a means of reducing dependence on foreign oil, the Air Force is testing a synthetic fuel for its aircraft. The fuel could be a replacement for the JP-8 aviation fuel currently in use. Already tested by the Air Force Research Laboratory and in ground tests using an aircraft engine unattached to an airplane, the fuel will be put to the test at Edwards Air Force Base this month. "Now what we're going to do is take the next step and fly this," said Col. Arnie Bunch, commander of the 412th Test Wing. The flight tests...
  • Plastic toys affect boys' hormones: Study

    11/26/2005 9:31:52 PM PST · by CarrotAndStick · 26 replies · 1,265+ views
    HT.com ^ | Sydney, November 26, 2005 | HT.com
    Plastic toys may have subtle effects on the male reproductive system, as chemicals found in products ranging from plastics to cosmetics may slowly reduce testosterone production in newborn boys, a new study has found. Danish paediatric endocrinologist Professor Niels Skakkebfk, of the Rigs hospitalet in Copenhagen, and team report their study of newborn exposure to phthalates in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. "It gives a small piece of information that the newborn testis may be fragile to such toxins," Skakkebfk, was quoted by ABC Online, as saying. "Whether the effects will persist we can't tell but we were quite surprised...
  • Power-dressing Aussie leaves trail of destruction

    09/16/2005 1:25:38 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 16 replies · 944+ views
    SYDNEY (Reuters) - An Australian man built up a 40,000-volt charge of static electricity in his clothes as he walked, leaving a trail of scorched carpet and molten plastic and forcing firefighters to evacuate a building. Frank Clewer, who was wearing a woollen shirt and a synthetic nylon jacket, was oblivious to the growing electrical current that was building up as his clothes rubbed together. When he walked into a building in the country town of Warrnambool in the southern state of Victoria on Thursday, the electrical charge ignited the carpet. "It sounded almost like a firecracker", Clewer told Australian...
  • Art Appreciation/Education "class" #5: Cubism

    06/20/2005 8:36:34 PM PDT · by Republicanprofessor · 38 replies · 18,472+ views
    6/20/05 | republicanprofessor
    Time to deal with Cubism and its development. For those who are really intense about all this, there is an excellent book from which many of today’s ideas come from. It’s edited by William Rubin (former curator of the Museum of Modern Art) and is called Cezanne: The Late Work. It’s the essay on Cezannism and the beginnings of Cubism that opened my eyes to how it was not Picasso, but his buddy Georges Braque, who really did the first cubist paintings. Surprised? I think most of the art world was surprised at that and most of them probably still...
  • Alive! The race to create life from scratch

    02/10/2005 10:47:45 AM PST · by LibWhacker · 148 replies · 8,876+ views
    New Scientist ^ | 2/12/05 | Bob Holmes
    YOU might think Norman Packard is playing God. Or you might see him as the ultimate entrepreneur. As founder and CEO of Venice-based company ProtoLife, Packard is one of the leaders of an ambitious project that has in its sights the lofty goal of life itself. His team is attempting what no one else has done before: to create a new form of living being from non-living chemicals in the lab. Breathing the spark of life into inanimate matter was once regarded as a divine prerogative. But now several serious and well-funded research groups are working hard on doing it...
  • Hillary Clinton 2008 Confirmed?

    01/17/2005 4:38:09 PM PST · by yoe · 51 replies · 6,759+ views
    National Ledger ^ | Jan. 16, 2005 | Staff
    New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) has long been rumored as desperately seeking the democratic nomination for president in 2008. And while many political observers fully expect the power hungry former First Lady to hit the campaign trail within only a few months of being re-elected as a US Senator in 2006, US News & World report claims to have a confirmation of sorts. From USNews.Com's Washington Whispers: Hillary's in… You don't have to take it from us about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton 's desire to run for president. Her brothers, Hugh and Tony Rodham, say it's true. Friends...
  • Gem-sized CVD Diamonds: Diamonds Forever?

    03/02/2004 4:20:38 AM PST · by nathanz · 25 replies · 894+ views
    ArcticNews.ca - Arctic News Canada ^ | February 28, 2004 | Joseph Quillan
    -- Researchers synthesize gem-sized diamonds of natural colour and exceptional hardness using Chemical Vapour Deposition. -- WITH U.S. GOVERNMENT DEBT now topping US$7 trillion (about US$100,000 for each family of four), and interest rates at historic lows, new life is beginning to breathe through the Canadian resource sector. One sign of this renewed vigor is a sudden surge in prospecting claims being staked throughout vast tracts of the Canadian Arctic. Over 1,500 new permits have been issued this year for Nunavut alone, compared to 190 last year. And according to the Nunavut Mining Recorder’s Office in Iqualuit, the largest number...
  • Ageless Athlete May Not Be Far Off

    08/04/2002 9:28:14 PM PDT · by Tribune7 · 9 replies · 411+ views
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Aug. 4, 2002 | Frank Fitzpatrick
    Ageless athlete may not be far offPenn's research into a synthetic gene has wide implications for sports.By Frank FitzpatrickInquirer Staff WriterYou know all those steroid-laced sluggers, blood-doped swimmers, and hormonally enhanced weightlifters who people worry are ruining sports?They're just minor-league fears.The real nightmare is lurking inside tiny cages in a University of Pennsylvania basement.There, genetically engineered mice and rats, some of them the equivalent of 80-year-old humans, display rippling, well-toned muscles that neither aging nor a lack of exercise can diminish.Injected only once with a synthetic gene created by researchers in Penn's physiology department, these ripped rodents are as much...