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Cold and Bubbly: The Sensory Qualities that Best Quench Thirst

New research from the Monell Center finds that oral perceptions of coldness and carbonation help to reduce thirst. The findings could guide sensory approaches to increase fluid intake in populations at risk for dehydration, including the elderly, soldiers, and athletes.

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Dr. Julius Irving, expert on bball

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Algae, Biofuel

Algae: Biofuel of the Future?

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Algae are tiny biological factories that use photosynthesis to transform carbon dioxide and sunlight into energy so efficiently that they can double their weight several times a day, producing oil in the process "” 30 times more oil per acre than soybeans, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. Like soybean oil, the algae oil can be burned directly in diesel engines or further refined into biodiesel.

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Biofuels, Energy, Gasoline, FUEL, oil, car, Auto, Microorganisms, Biomass, OSU, Oklahoma

GM and Renewable Energy Company Coskata Partner on Biofuel Research

Biology based renewable energy company Coskata Inc. and automotive giant General Motors announced their cooperative plans to reduce fossil fuel consumption this past weekend, thanks in part to Coskata's "next generation ethanol" process based on research and technology developed by the OSU Biofuels Team and licensed exclusively to Coskata.

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FUEL, cell, Durability, Platinum, Carbon, Corrosion

Improving Fuel Cell Durability Starts with Failures

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Researchers in the Georgia Tech Research Institute's (GTRI) Center for Innovative Fuel Cell and Battery Technologies believe that understanding how and why fuel cells fail is the key to both reducing cost and improving durability. The problems they are addressing include chemical attack of the membrane, carbon corrosion and platinum instability.

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Energy Efficient, Supercomputers, Green500, Top500

Inaugural Green500 List: Encouraging Sustainable Supercomputing

Virginia Tech released the inaugural Green500 List (www.green500.org) this morning (Nov. 15, 2007) at the Supercomputing 2007 (SC|07) conference in Reno.

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Biodiveristy, Taxonomy, Cybertaxonomy, Youtube, Species, Technology, Science, Entomology, Education

Youtube Video "˜Planet Bob' Uses Humor to Focus on Biodiversity

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Planet Bob," a joint video production from Arizona State University's International Institute for Species Exploration and Media Alchemy Inc., uses live action, state-of-the-art animation, and the vocal talents of venerable TV host Hugh Downs and others, to present the mysterious, exciting "“ and surprisingly funny "“ side of taxonomy.

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Energy, Global, Warming, Retrofitting, Buildings, Carbon, Research, Education

Energy Partnership Aimed at Greening Greater Washington D.C.

The "Energy Efficiency Partnership of Greater Washington" will tackle global warming by retrofitting existing buildings with energy efficiency products designed to decrease energy use and significantly cut carbon emissions.

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Enviro Groups Develop Opt-out System for Catalogs

Consumers, tired of sifting through overflowing mailboxes can now sign up for a new free service that gives users the power to choose the catalogs they no longer want to receive in the mail.

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Extreme Environment Biology Research May Help Solve Lignocellulosic Ethanol Puzzle

Beneath a sulfurous cauldron in European seas lies a class of microorganisms known as extremophiles. These organisms and their associated enzymes could somehow unlock the key to a new transportation economy based on a renewable biofuel, lignocellulosic ethanol. That's the concept behind a research program at Sandia National Laboratories.


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