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Fuel Made From Algae Could Help Fukushima -- And The Rest Of The World

In the ongoing search for a non-nuclear energy, Fukushima could find a partial answer in living, green, microalgae. And algae can help the rest of the world, too.

Coal No Longer US's Most Popular Electricity Source For First Time Ever

For the first time ever, coal has been unseated as America’s largest source of fuel to generate electricity. As of April 2015, natural gas is now number 1.

Watch An Oxy-Gasoline Liquid Fuel Torch Cut Through Metal

Video: Yowza. That burns hot. Watch as a Petrogen Multi-Fuel cutting torch nicks right through a stack of metal and cuts it clean off. The cutting system can use liquid fuels of any kind, including “gasoline of any grade, “white” gas, camping fuel, and stabiliser additive fuels” and “diesel, kerosene, biodiesel”. Basically, you pump fuel into this thing and other things start going poof.

Britain's Poo-Powered Bus Hits A Land Speed Record

The UK’s poop-powered bus is officially one fast son-of-a-bitch. As reported Friday by Ars Technica, the bus recently hit a top speed of 123km/h at the Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire — a record for a regular service bus.

Hands On: Save 20% Off Your Fuel Bill With An Invention From An Aussie Startup

GoFar has launched an F1 inspired device that works like a fitness band for your car. Not only does it help you drive more efficiently to save fuel, it can track data such as fuel use and sync it to your phone.

Can You Save Money On Petrol By Half-Filling Your Fuel Tank?

It’s often said that driving with a half-full tank will save you money on fuel, but do the numbers really stack up? Tim Trudgian from the Australian National University investigates.

The UK Now Has Poop-Powered Buses

America has the Tesla electric car, Britain has… a poop bus. Bristol Airport now has a bus that will shuttle people to Bath city centre, powered solely by human and food waste.

This Disgusting Pink Plume Could Help Us Clean Up Oil Spills

Even after Deepwater Horizon we’re still not ready for the next big spill — but that doesn’t mean we’re not trying. This weird pink plume could help.

Planes Will Start Running On Biofuels From Fallen Trees In Two Years

Now here’s some welcome innovation in the airline industry. Southwest Airlines announced today that it will be using biofuel on several of its flights by 2016, purchasing the blended fuel from a Colorado company that salvages “140,000 dry tons of woody biomass feedstock” per year — fallen timber from local forests that might otherwise serve as fuel for wildfires.

Scientists Engineer E. Coli To Make Propane

E. coli is an exceedingly common bacteria that lives in many places including your very own gut. It’s also a favourite organism for synthetic biologists looking to engineer useful microbes. By inserting just a few genes in E. coli, scientists have found they can coax the bacterium into making ready-to-use propane.

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