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Food or fuel? How environmental is biofuel?

At the time of the Arab oil export embargo in the 1970s, importing countries asked themselves if there were alternatives. In the United States, Europe and Brazil, the idea of growing crops to produce fuel for cars was appealing. The… read more

Briny Pool Bacteria Can Clean Up and Power Up

Warm and salty wastewater is a by-product of many industries, including oil and gas production, seafood processing and textile dyeing. KAUST researchers are exploring ways to detoxify such wastewater while simultaneously generating electricity. They are using bacteria with remarkable properties:… read more

Turning chicken poop and weeds into biofuel

Chicken is a favorite, inexpensive meat across the globe. But the bird’s popularity results in a lot of waste that can pollute soil and water. One strategy for dealing with poultry poop is to turn it into biofuel, and now… read more

Abu Dhabi project uses sand to store solar power

Researchers in Abu Dhabi are testing a pilot device that can store solar energy in sand to improve the efficiency of power plants and provide energy at night. The technology, developed at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, uses… read more

Owls inspire soundless wind turbines, and planes

Roaring wind turbines and thundering planes could be made much quieter and efficient if they mimic owls’ flight, say researchers from the Cambridge University. “Many owls can hunt by stealth, swooping down and capturing their prey undetected. While we have… read more