01 Sep '11, 7pm

Is Panda Poop The Secret To Sustainable Biofuels? | Care2 Causes

Is Panda Poop The Secret To Sustainable Biofuels? | Care2 Causes

The development of biofuels is essential for a cleaner, more sustainable transportation system, and the waste product of one of the world’s most endangered species could be key to their development. Biofuels like ethanol, butanol and propanol, are commonly produced by the action of microorganisms and enzymes through the fermentation of sugars or starches, which is criticized as a less-than-ethical use of crops that could otherwise be consumed as food. The key to developing a truly sustainable biofuel rests on researchers’ ability to find a way to transform non-food biomass, like grass, sawdust or old newspapers , into an affordable fuel. That’s why attendees at the recent national meeting of the American Chemical Society are suddenly falling in love with panda poop. It turns out that thanks to a special microbe in its digestive tract, the panda is adept at breaking down su...

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renewableenergyworld.com 30 Aug '11, 4pm

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Wikileaks Decides to Release All Files | Care2 Causes

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care2.com 02 Sep '11, 2am

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has decided to release all 251,287 of the United States diplomatic cables that h...

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care2.com 02 Sep '11, 5am

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mnn.com 29 Aug '11, 6pm

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