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The future of fossil fuels: Microbe power, aka black biotech?

If you follow biotechnology at all, you probably know that there is red biotech for medical applications (example: using bacteria to produce drugs); white biotech for industrial applications (example: using microbes instead of chemicals); and green biotech for agriculture (example: using genetically modified crops.)

So it was only a matter of time before someone came up with a term for using biotechnology to come up with new fuel sources...

February 9, 2009 — David Biello

Death toll climbs in Aussie wildfires

At least 135 people have died and authorities say that more than 200 may have perished in wildfires that have been raging in southern Australia since Saturday.

February 9, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Throw another 'roo steak on the barbie...

There's a new kind of meat that's getting a lot buzz Down Under these days. Word is it's better for the planet. Or at least that's what scientists argue in a paper published in the journal Conservation Letters ...

February 6, 2009 — David Biello

LHC now targeted for "late 2009" start-up

Here we go again. Giving doomsayers yet more time to predict the end of the Earth, the perpetually delayed restart of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) has once again been pushed back.

February 6, 2009 — John Matson

Tale of a comet (Lulin) in photos

Here in New York City, where Scientific American is based, we don't often get to enjoy the pleasures of stargazing. The moon is a reliable sight, as are many of the closer stars, but relatively faint objects like Comet Lulin, making what's believed to be its maiden voyage past Earth, are usually drowned out by light pollution...

February 6, 2009 — John Matson

Obama orders new energy standards for household products

How many administrations does it take to change a light bulb?  Try… seven.

Pres. Obama yesterday ordered the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to set standards to improve the energy efficiency of bulbs and other power-sucking household appliances, including air conditioners, ovens and dishwashers...

February 6, 2009 — Jordan Lite

Senate legislation would hike NIH funding by $6.5 billion

The Senate this week okayed an amendment to the massive stimulus package to fork over an extra $6.5 billion to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), bringing funding for the fed's biomedical research arm to $10 billion over two years...

February 6, 2009 — Lisa Stein

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