Xyleco invents new process to extract sugars from biomass using electron accelerators

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Biomass offers so much promise for cleaner burning fuel because it’s renewable and plentiful. But thus far, the established chemical processes used to extract the sugars from biomass have been very expensive and required considerable energy.

In this report from 60 Minutes, we learn that an eccentric inventor named Marshall Medoff may have come up with a groundbreaking process to solve this problem:

What Masterman helped implement was Medoff’s novel idea of using these large blue machines called electron accelerators to break apart nature’s chokehold on the valuable sugars inside plant life – or biomass. Machines like these are typically used to strengthen materials such as wiring and cable. Medoff’s invention was to use the accelerator the opposite way – to break biomass apart.

The result isn’t just cleaner fuel, but they’ve also unlocked a sugar with fewer calories that won’t harm your teeth, along with plastics that are biodegradable.

Watch the report, and you may witness a glimpse into a brighter future for clean energy.

  

Poll: Americans support action on climate change

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A recent NBC News poll shows that most Americans want action on climate change. This will be critical as Democrats are poised to take over the House of Representatives.

That figure incorporates 85 percent of Democrats, 79 percent of independents, 71 percent of women, 61 percent of men and strong majorities of all racial groups. At least 55 percent agree on the need for action in all regions of the country, and at all age, education and income levels.

Resistance comes only from the one-third of Americans who identify themselves as Republicans. A 56 percent majority of the GOP says either that concern about climate change is unwarranted or that more research is necessary before taking action.

Democrats would be wise to focus immediately on popular legislation that can pass quickly and put pressure on Republicans and the President to go along, such as extending subsidies for green energy that are scheduled to expire.

  

A system for reducing food waste

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The amount of food wasted is staggering. Just consider how much good food is thrown away at places like restaurants, arenas, banquet halls, etc. Much of this food is high quality food, but invariably there will be more food cooked than is needed. And then it’s generally thrown away.

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Miami’s serious water problems include drinking water

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Miami’s coastline is beautiful, but the water surrounding this tropical paradise is becoming more of a problem with each passing year. Most of us are familiar with the issues of global warming and rising seas levels. Even the climate change deniers can’t ignore the periodic flooding on the streets of Miami Beach. But the problems facing Miami run much deeper as explained by this article, as the drinking water for South Florida is also at risk.

  

Spark Plug Function and Construction

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You probably know what sparkplugs are. If not: ā€œspark plugs are devices for delivering electric current from an ignition system to the cylinders of a spark-ignition engine.ā€ If you have a gasoline-powered car, lawnmower, chainsaw or anything else with an internal combustion engine, it will have one or more sparkplugs. They are usually easy to spot because they are white porcelain rods attached to a long, black ignition wires. Nothing else on an engine matches that description.

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