This modified microbe could turn carbon emissions into fuel

By genetically altering a microorganism that hangs around the blazingly hot waters near geothermal vents, researchers from the University of Georgia have shown that carbon dioxide can be pulled from the atmosphere and converted into useful organic chemicals — including biofuels. » 3/27/13 7:40am 3/27/13 7:40am

Bugs from your colon could produce the world's next great energy source

For years, the energy industry has been looking to seaweed to become the next big source of biofuel. But the algae plant has its drawbacks. Much of its energy is stored in a form of sugar that is difficult to tap into; this snag drives the cost of biofuel produced from seaweed up, and its viability as an alternative… » 1/20/12 7:22am 1/20/12 7:22am

Why the microbes in cow stomachs could help make biofuel

Last month I was lucky enough to visit one of the biggest genomics labs in the world. At the Joint Genome Institute (JGI) in Walnut Creek, CA, huge rooms full of genome sequencing machines work 24/7 to crunch the codes that create life. And the research here, funded by the US Department of Energy, has a purpose. The… » 11/10/11 4:30pm 11/10/11 4:30pm

Tomorrow's jet engines could be powered by chicken fat

Why use corn for your biofuel when you could use chicken fat? That's what NASA wanted to know, so they tested out chicken and beef fat-based fuels on a DC-8. Turns out that they actually released far fewer pollutants in exhaust than other fuels. » 6/06/11 10:40am 6/06/11 10:40am

Now You Can Fuel Your Car With Tobacco

Researchers have developed a way to boost the naturally-occurring oils in tobacco, increasing its potential for use as a biofuel. Big tobacco plus big oil? What could possibly go wrong? » 1/06/10 7:00am 1/06/10 7:00am

The Hidden Connection Between Sex And Bio-Fuels

The fungus Trichoderma reesei is known for its ability to convert plant waste into glucose, which can be fermented into ethanol fuel. But there's that ever-present question: how can we make this process better? Turns out the answer is sex. » 8/10/09 2:30pm 8/10/09 2:30pm