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World's First Transatlantic Flight... on Biofuels [Video]

This past weekend, the Paris Air Show witnessed two historic firsts: the first transatlantic flight on biofuels, closely followed by the second, which involved a much larger jet (although a smaller percentage of bio–jet fuel).  Honeywell's corporate Gulfstream G450 sped from North America to Europe burning a 50–50 blend of kerosene derived from fossil algae and bio-jet refined from camelina oil, courtesy of Honeywell-owned refinery technology company UOP...

June 21, 2011 — David Biello

Stop Mining for Oil (and Coal), Start Drilling for Heat

The center of the Earth is a roiling ball of heat, roughly 6,000 degrees Celsius as near as we can tell without a sci-fi tunneling effort. The closest humanity has come to that molten core is some 12 kilometers beneath the continental crust in Russia, which isn't even halfway through said crust and akin to drilling into an apple without piercing the skin...

June 20, 2011 — David Biello

Art and Science Meet in Images of Museum Specimens and Artifacts

The convergence of art and science gets a new treatment in an exhibition opening next week at the American Museum of Natural History. "Picturing Science: Museum Scientists and Imaging Technologies" features more than 20 sets of large-format and visually engaging images that showcase the wide range of research being conducted at the museum as well as how various optical tools are used in scientific research...

June 18, 2011 — Monica Bradley

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