From examining the genes expressed in the guts of the gribble, researchers have demonstrated that a gribble’s digestive system contains enzymes that could hold the key to converting wood and straw into liquid biofuels.  Yes, there is such a creature called the gribble, it’s a really small crustacean scientifically named Limnoria quadripunctata. Since the dawn [...]

A new recipe based on the chemistry and biology of natural leaves that could lead to working prototypes of an artificial leaf that capture solar energy and use it efficiently to change water into hydrogen fuel was reported the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society last week. Tongxiang Fan, Ph.D. and colleagues Di [...]

Tiny generators that could produce enough electricity from random, ambient vibrations to power a wristwatch, pacemaker or wireless sensor would offset a bit of lithium and stacked might replace some of those transformer blocks to recharge batteries. Khalil Najafi, chair of electrical and computer engineering and Tzeno Galchev, a doctoral student at the University of [...]

Not a lot of news to tell, just a brief recap, some fresh links, and pertinent observations. First off, to no particular surprise, the Freedom of Information Act request from some of the folks at Talk Polywell was denied. The parties of interest, EMC2 and the Department of the Navy have sensible reasons not to [...]

This week saw nearly 50 presentations describing the latest discoveries on Cold Fusion at the American Chemical Society’s 239th National Meeting over two days at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.  Cold Fusion is a potential new energy source so controversial that people once regarded it as junk science is finally moving closer to acceptance [...]

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