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Plastic shopping bags make a fine diesel fuel

14-Feb-2014

Plastic shopping bags, an abundant source of litter on land and at sea, can be converted into diesel, natural gas and other useful petroleum products, researchers report. The conversion produces significantly more energy than it requires and results in transportation fuels – diesel, for example – ...

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New biofuel sources that don't require farmland

07-Feb-2014

While the debate over using crops for fuel continues, scientists are now reporting a new, fast approach to develop biofuel in a way that doesn't require removing valuable farmland from the food production chain. Their work examining the fuel-producing potential of Streptomyces, a soil bacterium ...

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New technique makes "biogasoline" from plant waste

05-Feb-2014

Gasoline-like fuels can be made from cellulosic materials such as farm and forestry waste using a new process invented by chemists at the University of California, Davis. The process could open up new markets for plant-based fuels, beyond existing diesel substitutes. "What's exciting is that ...

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New analysis finds hempseed oil packed with health-promoting compounds

31-Jan-2014

Long stigmatized because of its “high”-inducing cousins, hemp — derived from low-hallucinogenic varieties of cannabis — is making a comeback, not just as a source of fiber for textiles, but also as a crop packed with oils that have potential health benefits. A new study, which appears in ACS’ ...

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Making Europe less dependent on protein import

31-Jan-2014

The European Union aims to make the animal feed industry in Europe less dependent on plant protein imports from North and South America. Wageningen UR is studying the opportunities for new protein sources such as algae, beet greens and rape oil. It is also performing tests for the further ...

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New enzyme reactor technology

31-Jan-2014

Researchers from the University of Bath in the UK have developed a new enzymatic process intensification technology that it one of only a few technologies available for accelerating the rate of an enzyme reaction. Drs Emma Emanuelsson and Darrell Patterson developed the ‘Spinning Cloth Disc ...

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Carbon nanotube sponge shows improved water clean-up

20-Jan-2014

A carbon nanotube sponge capable of soaking up water contaminants, such as fertilisers, pesticides and pharmaceuticals, more than three times more efficiently than previous efforts has been presented in a new study published. The carbon nanotube (CNT) sponges, uniquely doped with sulphur, also ...

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Tiny bottles and melting corks

Temperature regulates a new delivery system for drugs and fragrances

23-Sep-2013

Microscopic, bottle-like structures with corks that melt at precisely-controlled temperatures could potentially release drugs inside the body or fragrances onto the skin, according to a recently published study. Typical drug delivery systems act more like sponges than bottles. For example, drugs ...

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Purifying dairy wastewater – at the same time producing electricity

30-May-2013

In an EU-funded project the Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB in Stuttgart is developing, together with industrial and scientific partners, a modular system to purify dairy wastewater electrochemically. Using an integrated fuel cell, the generated hydrogen ...

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Clariant invests in an enhanced oil recovery technology and services company

15-May-2013

Clariant announced its investment in Ultimate EOR Services, a provider of enhanced oil recovery solutions based on proprietary technologies developed within the Center for Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin (USA). The company has made discoveries which have ...

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