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New biofuels processing method for mobile facilities

July 11, 2010 6:25 am | by Science Daily | Comments

Chemical engineers have developed a new method to process agricultural waste and other biomass into biofuels, and they are proposing the creation of mobile processing plants that would rove the Midwest to produce the fuels.

French minister eager to speak to corruption probe

July 11, 2010 4:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

France's labor minister says he wants to speak with investigators soon to clear his name in a snowballing scandal that has destabilized President Nicolas Sarkozy's government.The Le Journal du Dimanche Sunday newspaper quoted Labor Minister Eric Woerth as saying he is "at the disposal of police...

Red Hot Chili Peppers Arrive In Sub-zero Arctic Seed Vault

July 11, 2010 2:25 am | by EurekAlert | Comments

( Burness Communications ) A new collection of some of North America's hottest foods -- an eclectic range of New World chili peppers -- were delivered to the cool Arctic Circle environs of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault this week, where their exotic tongue-scorching qualities can be...


BP starts work to install new cap on gushing well

July 10, 2010 5:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

HOUSTON/PORT SULPHUR, Louisiana (Reuters) - BP Plc removed a containment cap from its stricken Gulf of Mexico oil well on Saturday in the first step toward installing a bigger cap to contain all the crude gushing into the sea and fouling the coast.

Senate hopeful Johnson discloses hefty portfolio

July 10, 2010 4:13 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Sen. Russ Feingold's entire net worth is $440,000. Ron Johnson, one of his leading challengers, has six investments worth at least that much — each — along with a six-figure investment in oil giant BP.Johnson's investment portfolio, released Friday as part of a required disclosure report,...

Heavy metal rock set to take the stage

July 9, 2010 6:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

On its way to a 2014 rendezvous with comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft, with NASA instruments aboard, will fly past asteroid Lutetia this Saturday, July 10. The instruments aboard Rosetta will record the first close-up image of a metal...

Saturn propellers reflect solar system origins

July 9, 2010 6:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

Scientists using NASA's Cassini spacecraft at Saturn have stalked a new class of moons in the rings of Saturn that create distinctive propeller-shaped gaps in ring material. It marks the first time scientists have been able to track the orbits of individual objects in a debris disk. The...

Better barriers can help levees withstand wave erosion

July 9, 2010 6:25 pm | by Science Daily | Comments

A new barrier design could protect reservoir levees from the erosive forces of wind-driven waves, according new research. These findings could help lower the maintenance costs for constructed ponds in the lower Mississippi Delta where levee repairs can average $3 per foot -- and sometimes...


Tesla, Toyota sign memo of understanding

July 9, 2010 6:24 pm | by Reuters | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Electric carmaker Tesla Motors Inc said on Friday it signed a memorandum of understanding with Japanese automaker Toyota Motor Corp to develop electric vehicles.

BP set to install bigger cap on leaking Gulf well

July 9, 2010 5:26 pm | by Reuters | Comments

MALIBU, Calif./NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - BP was set on Friday to install a bigger cap that could contain almost all the oil leaking from its blownout Gulf of Mexico well, a top U.S. official said.

Mexico judge acquits man in cash-seizure drug case

July 9, 2010 4:13 pm | by MARK STEVENSON - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | Comments

A judge has acquitted a man charged with dealing in precursor drug chemicals and allegedly linked to the bust of a Chinese-Mexican businessman who hid $205 million at his Mexico City mansion.The ruling represents another blow to years of frustrated efforts to prosecute the case, which involved...

U.S. farmers can't meet booming corn demands

July 9, 2010 3:25 pm | by Reuters | Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Exporters, livestock feeders and ethanol makers are going through the U.S. corn stockpile faster than farmers can grow the crops, the government said on Friday.

Senate set for energy, environmental bill debate

July 9, 2010 2:24 pm | by Reuters | Comments

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Democrats in the U.S. Senate aim to debate in late July a bill clamping down on offshore oil drilling practices and fostering more alternative energy use, but no decision has been made on whether to include controversial climate change provisions, aides said on...

NC lawmakers back using trash to make electricity

July 9, 2010 2:13 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

North Carolina lawmakers are backing a renewable energy project that could employ 1,000 on the polluted grounds of a former textile-dye manufacturing plant in Mecklenburg County.The Senate voted 44-0 for final approval Friday on boosting the value of electricity generated by the project which...

Obama to travel to Michigan Thursday

July 9, 2010 1:13 pm | by JULIE PACE - Associated Press Writer - Associated Press | Comments

President Barack Obama will travel to Michigan Thursday for the groundbreaking of a plant that will produce batteries for electric vehicles.Obama will attend the event at the Compact Power Inc. factory in Holland, Mich. The subsidiary of LG Chem received $151 million from a stimulus program...


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