Friday, July 04, 2008

Turning Algae into Gasoline

America is in an inventive turmoil not seen since the dawn of the industrial age when every tinkerer had a garage and a dream of being the next Marconi, Ford, or Wright brother. Only now, all the nerds in the garages have only one goal -- a cheap source of renewal energy.

Over in Europe, commentators are tut-tutting about the frenzy to invent in America. "Why don't those dolts just realize they aren't exceptional and settle down. Get used to doing with less like us superior Europeans."

I imagine we Americans will continue to upset our laggard cousins. Here are some of the things that are being created:

Sapphire Energy turns algae into ‘green crude’ for fuel, 2008-05-29, LA Times
http://articles.latimes.com/2008/may/29/business/fi-greencrude29

Tifton Man Bioengineers Bacteria to Make Oil, 2008-03-15, The Tifton Gazette
http://www.tiftongazette.com/local/local_story_075215425.html

The New Dawn of Solar 2007-12-01, Popular Science Magazine http://www.popsci.com/popsci/flat/bown/2007/green/item_59.html

Coming in out of the cold: Cold fusion, for real 2005-06-06, Christian Science Monitor http://www.christiansciencemonitor.com/2005/0606/p25s01-stss.html

Turn Anything into Oil, 2006-04-06, Discover Magazine
http://discovermagazine.com/2006/apr/anything-oil

And, if you really want some weird reading, here is a Russian theory that oil is not created by dead dinosaurs:

Abiogenic petroleum origin, Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abiogenic_petroleum_origin

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