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  • Cellulosic Ethanol on the Cheap

    Mascoma has announced several advances that may lead to a cheaper, more efficient process to turn biomass into ethanol.

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  • A Better Biofuel Bug

    Scott Laughlin, CEO of Zymetis, discusses his company’s work to genetically modify bacteria that efficiently converts biomass to sugar.

  • A Better Biofuel Bug

    Zymetis is testing genetically modified bacteria that efficiently convert biomass into sugar.

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  • Strengthening Concrete

    Nano particles could prevent buildings and bridges from suffering serious structural damage.

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  • A Robomedic for the Battlefield

    Scientists at Carnegie Mellon have engineered a snakelike robotic arm that can monitor health signs and potentially administer treatments. The robot is equipped with sensors and a small camera, which wirelessly relays video to a laptop. A researcher watches the video onscreen and wirelessly controls the robot’s movements with a joystick. The robot can move anywhere along the length of the body, and can lower itself to administer oxygen or monitor a person’s breathing.

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