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Mystery Methane Hotspot Over Four Corners — What Is It?

 Excerpt from eaglecurrent.com NASA is joining in an effort to have an understanding of the presence of a methane hotspot over the 4 corners area of the United States. How severe is the atmospheric feature?A methane hotspot hovering over t...

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A ‘bionic leaf’ that turns sunlight into fuel


Excerpt from cnbc.com

By Robert Ferris



The invention could pave the way for numerous innovations—by converting solar power into biofuels, it may help solve the vexing difficulty of storing unused solar energy, which is one of the most common criticisms of solar power as a viable energy source.
The process could also help make plastics and other chemicals and substances useful to industry and research.


The current experiment builds on previous research led by Harvard engineer Daniel Nocera, who in 2011 demonstrated an "artificial leaf" device that uses solar power to generate usable energy. 

Nocera's original invention was a wafer-like electrode suspended in water. When a current runs through the electrode from a power source such as a solar panel, for example, it causes the water to break down into its two components: hydrogen and oxygen. 

Nocera's device garnered a lot of attention for opening up the possibility of using sunlight to create hydrogen fuel—once considered a possible alternative to gasoline. 

But hydrogen has not taken off as a fuel source, even as other alternative energy sources survive and grow amid historically low oil prices. Hydrogen is expensive to transport, and the costs of adopting and distributing hydrogen are high. A gas station owner could more easily switch a pump from gasoline to biofuel, for example.


Now, Nocera and a team of Harvard researchers figured out how to use the bionic leaf to make a burnable biofuel, according to a study published Monday in the journal PNAS. The biologists on the team genetically modified a strain of bacteria that consumes hydrogen and produces isopropanol—the active ingredient in rubbing alcohol. In doing so, they successfully mimicked the natural process of photosynthesis—the way plants use energy from the sun to survive and grow.

This makes two things possible that have always been serious challenges for alternative energy space—solar energy can be converted into a storable form of energy, and the hydrogen can generate a more easily used fuel.


To be sure, the bionic leaf developments are highly unlikely to replace fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas any time soon—especially as the prices of both are currently so low. But it could be a good supplemental source. 

"One idea Dan [Nocera] and I share, which might seem a little wacky, is personalized energy" that doesn't rely on the power grid, biochemist Pamela Silver, who participated in the study, told CNBC in a telephone interview. 


Typically, people's energy needs are met by central energy production facilities—they get their electricity from the power grid, which is fed by coal- or gas-burning power plants, or solar farms, for example. Silver said locally produced energy could be feasible in developing countries that lack stable energy infrastructure, or could even appeal to people who choose to live off the grid.

"Instead of having to buy and store fuel, you can have your bucket of bacteria in your backyard," Silver said. 

Besides, the experiment was an attempt at proof-of-concept—the scientists wanted to demonstrate what could be done, Silver said. Now that they have mastered this process, further possibilities can be explored.  

"No insult to chemists, but biology is the best chemist there is, so we don't even know what we can make," said Silver. "We can make drugs, materials—we are just at the tip of the iceberg." 

The team hopes to develop many different kinds of bacteria that can produce all sorts of substances. That would mean, potentially at least, setting up the bionic leaf device and then plugging in whatever kind of bacteria might be needed at the moment.

For now, they want to increase the efficiency of the device, which is already much more efficient at photosynthesizing than plants are. Then they will focus on developing other kinds of bacteria to plug into the device.

"The uber goal, which is probably 20 years out," Silver said, "is converting the commodity industry away from petroleum."

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Monjoronson Talks About Population & Earth Changes

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MRC’s 100 kW new paradigm generator/motor proves itself in field test

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Millennial Research, Corp. of Tulsa has proven its production prototype 100 kilowatt Magnetronic motor/generator at an oil well pump site, costing 53% less than what power from the grid would have cost. The design is a radical departu...

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Cosmic Awareness Newsletter 2012-01

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7 March 2012

Channeler: Will Berlinghof

Well...Anasazi1 just made me realize that there was no Cosmic Awareness message posted here recently,so here's the most recent one avaiable right one,as the CAC newsletter is for mem...

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An Energetic Future with the Endless Electric Field Generator

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An Endless Electric Field Generator is a breakthrough solid state device that provides a safe, cost effective, and seemingly never ending source of electricity. By consuming no fuel and collecting energy from an undisclosed source, th...

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Transcription of Russian Cold Fusion Video Documenting 1957 Start

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Igor has transcribed and translated a two-part video documenting the role that Russian, Filimonenko Ivan Stepanovich played in developing and patenting a cold fusion technology that pre-dates by over two times the 23 years since Pons ...

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PlasmERG Preps Factory as Patent Published

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The U.S. Patent Office has published PlasmERG's "Plasmic Transition Process Motor" patent application that details the game changing Noble Gas Engine that is now being readied for production in Henderson, Nevada. Consumi...

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Andrea Rossi’s Cold Fusion Energy Catalyzer (E-Cat): Frequently Asked Questions

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What is the Energy Catalyzer?

It is a "Cold Fusion" device developed by Italian engineer and inventor Andrea Rossi. It produces heat by placing nickel powder of very small particle size (nano-meters to micro-meters) in ...

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 2011 Global Competitiveness Forum and UFOs

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Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 2011 Global Competitiveness Forum and UFOs.

The fifth annual Global Competitiveness Forum (GCF) closed yesterday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Panel presentations and forum discussions took place over January 22...

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KANNER: Shasta and Goliath: Bringing Down Corporate Rule

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Wed, 12/29/2010 By:  Allen D. Kanner Tikkun

Mt. Shasta, a small northern California town of 3,500 residents nestled in the foothills of magnificent Mount Shasta, is taking on corporate power through an unusual process—d...

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New Message from Matthew – December 5, 2010

1. This is Matthew, with loving greetings from all souls at this station. This season when various faiths traditionally celebrate their holy days and enjoy festivities with family and friends is an especially emotional time. This year it is even...

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Is oil actually a renewable resource?

It's not that I am advocating the use of oil as fuel, but knowing that oil is a renewable resource brings humanity closer to abundance mentality that is less apt to fight for limited resources. Of course, knowing that oil is limited and still not pr...

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