Life science

Bacteria for biofuel

Friday, August 15, 2008
by Diane Boudreau

Scientists all over the world are working on ways to capture sunlight for human energy use. Some of them are trying to develop better solar cells. Some of them want to imitate photosynthesis, the process plants use to take energy from the sun. Wim Vermaas doesn’t believe in reinventing the wheel. A group of bacteria found the perfect way to take energy from the sun more than 2 billion years ago. He’s happy to let them continue doing the work.

Biofuel 101

Friday, August 15, 2008
by Diane Boudreau

There's a lot of talk these days about biofuel. But what exactly is it?

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