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Features Archive

  • Searching for Biofuels' Sweet Spot

    California-based Amyris has used breakthroughs in synthetic biology to reinvent biofuels. To turn its technology into an industrial process, it has headed to the land of sugar: Brazil.


  • The Dirty Secret

    Better technologies exist for extracting coal, a major source of carbon dioxide emissions. The challenge is getting people to adopt them.


  • Marginally Useful

    Bitcoin itself may fail as a currency, but the underlying technology is beginning to suggest valuable new applications.


  • The German Experiment

    The government sets a premium price on solar and other alternative power sources. The policy offers lessons in ways to encourage the use of renewable energy.


  • Can AIDS Be Cured?

    Drugs can control HIV, but they exact a steep cost. Now, researchers are pursuing radical new ways to eliminate the infection entirely.


  • A Pound of Cure

    The federal government is about to spend big on health-care IT. Too bad the medical industry has a vested interest in inefficiency.


  • Electric Cars Primer

    Hybrids, plug-ins, and extended-range electric cars are hitting the market. Use this interactive primer to learn how they work.



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