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Whisky is being used to develop a biofuel which gives 30% more power output than ethanol and could be available at petrol pumps within a few years It gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "one for the road". Whisky, the spirit that powers the Scottish economy, is being used to develop a new biofuel which could be available at petrol pumps in a few years. Using samples from the Glenkinchie Distillery in East Lothian, researchers at Edinburgh Napier University have developed a method of producing biofuel from two main by-products of the whisky distilling process – "pot ale", the liquid from the copper stills, and "draff", the spent grains.
Several years ago I bought some remote property in Arizona. I am an astronomer and wanted a place to practice my hobby far away from the sky-wrecking light pollution found near cities of any real size. I found a great piece of property . The problem is, it's so remote that there is no electric service available. That's not really a problem. No electricity equals no light pollution.
The telegraph, a precursor to the Internet, changed the way people communicated. The filmmaker and deep-sea explorer lends out his high-tech ocean vehicle to be used for the greater good. We take you inside Google's project to spur a tech-business revolution in this heartland city. Microsoft finally releases figures on law enforcement requests and exceeds Google by showing how often it released user content to authorities.
Science achieves a consensus when scientists stop arguing. When a question is first asked – like ‘what would happen if we put a load more CO2 in the atmosphere ?’ – there may be many hypotheses about cause and effect. Over a period of time, each idea is tested and retested – the processes of the scientific method – because all scientists know that reputation and kudos go to those who find the right answer (and everyone else becomes an irrelevant footnote in the history of science). Nearly all hypotheses will fall by the wayside during this testing period, because only one is going to answer the question properly, without leaving all kinds of odd dangling bits that don’t quite add up.
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Climate Progress recently reported on a study that found both economic and environmental benefits if homes in the northeastern United States upgraded older heating systems by moving from heating oil to switchgrass. However, one point to emphasize was the findings were specific to those circumstances — the region, the homes, and that particular use. Switchgrass was not nearly as good an idea for electricity generation or transportation fuel. Further confirming the need for a diversity of renewable solutions to our energy needs, a recent study determined that electricity generated by solar beats out biofuels for powering cars under myriad scenarios. The report, put together by a team from the University of California, Santa Barbara and the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and published in Enviornmental Science and Technology , compared five different approaches to see what was the most efficient way to power a compact passenger vehicle for every 100 kilometers driven:
We have dedicated our research to rediscovering the scientific principles that underlie millennia-old traditional farming systems. These have guided us to the eight essential aspects that are the foundation of GROW BIOINTENSIVE: Double-Dug, Raised Beds Composting Intensive Planting Companion Planting Carbon Farming Calorie Farming The Use of Open-Pollinated Seeds A Whole-System Farming Method Image © 1995 Jim Bones Most life in nature occurs at the interface of soil, water, air and sun.
A lot of blogs have 1000′s of articles and even though there is a search field it’s a bit like a book without a table of contents. So this page is a roadmap if you are new. Think of it as an incomplete table of contents (it doesn’t include every post).
Mar 28 2013 Do 97% of UK Doctors Prescribe Placebos? A recently published survey at PLOS One of UK primary care doctors reports that 97% have prescribed an “impure placebo” at least once in their career. Most news reporting of this survey leave off the “impure” bit. Let’s take a closer look at what this means. The survey asked about “pure” placebos, which are inactive sugar pills or a similar inactive treatment, and “impure” placebos, which are effective medicines given in a way that might not have a clinical effect.
Researchers have designed a product that its inventors claim could easily produce between 15 and 20 times the total electricity the world uses today. Not only that, it could also be used as a desalination device and may be able to reverse the effects of global warming. Those are pretty big claims, but the researchers from the Technion - Israel Institute of Science seem confident that the "Energy Tower" could be a major solution to the world's problems.