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Trump directs EPA to reinstate midterm CAFE evaluation

Trump directs EPA to reinstate midterm CAFE evaluation

March 16, 2017 |

In Michigan, President Trump has directed the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider the final determination of greenhouse gas standards (GHG) for model year (MY) 2022-2025 light-duty vehicles and, in harmony with the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, to reinstate the midterm evaluation of the GHG and corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards […]

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Nebraska Company Turns Ethanol By-Products into Dry Cattle Feed

Nebraska Company Turns Ethanol By-Products into Dry Cattle Feed

October 6, 2016 |

A  US based company, Nebraska have come up with an interesting modification for the use of by-products of ethanol production. With emphasis on the fact that no binding ingredient was used, ethanol by-products are used to produce dry cattle feed pellets. One of the co-owners of Platte Valley Distillers, Tom Kruml, said the company could […]

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Can Jet Fuel Be Grown On Trees?

Can Jet Fuel Be Grown On Trees?

October 6, 2016 |

In Australia, Scientists from the Australian National University, in a bid to help reduce the 2% global aviation contributes to man-made carbon emissions, have identified that Australia’s eucalyptus trees has the potential of producing jet fuels. “Eucalyptus oils contains compounds called monoterpenes that can be converted into a high energy fuel, and this high energy […]

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Overlooked Plants Exhibit Resistance to Drought

Overlooked Plants Exhibit Resistance to Drought

October 6, 2016 |

It had been widely accepted that plants that are resistant to the hormone abscisic acid (ABA) were bad at coping with drought. This quality makes plants sensitive to drought but new studies have shown that quality could also make them cope with drought better. Scientists from the Carnegie Institution for Science have discovered ABA resistant […]

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Soil Microbes Flourish with Reduced Tillage

Soil Microbes Flourish with Reduced Tillage

October 6, 2016 |

Soil microbes generally increase quality of soil by cycling nutrients and breaking plant residues down into soil organic matter. Currently, a third of US farmers no longer till their farms with more farmers resorting to conservation tillage after farmers started abandoning ploughing in favour of a practice known as no-till agriculture. Stacy Zuber who is […]

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New Study Shows Industrial Biotech Set to Drive Jobs and Growth Creation in EU

New Study Shows Industrial Biotech Set to Drive Jobs and Growth Creation in EU

October 6, 2016 |

In Europe, on the 27th September, 2016, EuropaBio launched the findings of a new study at the European Parliament as part of European Biotech Week celebrations across Europe. The Chair of EuropaBio’s Industrial Biotech Council and Managing Board member of Royal DSM, Stephen Tanda made a few comments about the report. He said it is […]

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Cosmetics Would Now Get 100% Bio-Based Containers

Cosmetics Would Now Get 100% Bio-Based Containers

October 6, 2016 |

In the Netherlands, the new 100% bio-based cosmetic containers were presented during the 2nd Bio-based Business Event at the Emmtec Industry & Businesspark in Emmen on the 22nd of September, 2016. The containers that were produced from BioPET100 was a product of a partnership between Dutch SME’s and universities in the country The aromatic building […]

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Pigeons Can Learn to Visually Recognize Words

Pigeons Can Learn to Visually Recognize Words

October 6, 2016 |

In New Zealand, there is no doubt that Pigeons are one of the most interesting family of birds. A new study has highlighted that Pigeons (specifically Columba livia) can be trained to separate real words from non-words. According to researchers from University of Otago, the pigeons learn to differentiate based on the orthographic properties that […]

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Aviation climate agreement reached at ICAO

Aviation climate agreement reached at ICAO

October 6, 2016 |

In Canada, the worldwide aviation industry has applauded a crucial climate agreement reached by governments meeting at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) today. The negotiations, to put in place the world’s first carbon offsetting scheme for any global sector, have had the backing of the aviation industry, which first proposed the measure in 2009. […]

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Popeye was right: there’s super energy in that spinach

Popeye was right: there’s super energy in that spinach

September 25, 2016 |

Researchers from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology came up with what could pose as one of the most interesting discoveries from plants. The researchers came up with a bio-photo-electro-chemical (BPEC) cell that can produce hydrogen, oxygen and more importantly electricity from water using sunlight with the basis of the entire cell being a simple membrane […]

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