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Solid catalyst simplifies turning algae into biodiesel

As home biodiesel brewers know, it's a time-consuming and chemically intensive process to transform French fry grease into a fuel. And then there's the problem of burning something in your truck that could have fed people; canola oil can be used for food or fuel, for example...

March 26, 2009 — David Biello

Did an undergrad spot an LHC bug that the pros missed?

A Princeton University undergraduate working on her senior thesis found a bug in one of the detectors at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the gargantuan particle accelerator set to come back online before the end of the year...

March 26, 2009 — John Matson

The next not-so-big thing: Nanogenerators

Just as a machine won't run without a source of power, a device built at the nano-scale is of little use if it doesn't have the energy to work as a sensor or drug delivery particle.  Since there isn't a battery in existence yet that's small enough to couple with a nanodevice, researchers have sought to power such microscopic creations with energy drawn from their surroundings...

March 26, 2009 — Larry Greenemeier

Tesla Motors gets ready to unveil the Model S

Tesla Motors, the maker of the eye-catching, all-electric Roadster sports car, is set to pull away the tarp tomorrow on a street-ready prototype of its highly anticipated Model S sedan.

March 25, 2009 — Adam Hadhazy

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