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Gas Pains? U.S. Diesel, Gas Exports Surpass Imports : NPR
01/10/2012
Gas Pains? U.S. Diesel, Gas Exports Surpass Imports : NPR

Gas Pains? U.S. Diesel, Gas Exports Surpass Imports : NPR

For the first time since Harry Truman was president, the country is exporting more petroleum products than it imports. Domestic demand for diesel and gasoline is down while production is up. That's made it difficult for some refineries to stay in business.

Revolutionary Oil Skimmer Nets $1 Million X Prize : NPR
10/19/2011
Revolutionary Oil Skimmer Nets $1 Million X Prize : NPR

Revolutionary Oil Skimmer Nets $1 Million X Prize : NPR

A breakthrough in oil cleanup technology allows crews to skim spilled oil off the water's surface at a much faster rate. The new device wasn't developed by Exxon, BP or any of the major oil companies — it's the work of Elastec/American Marine, based in Illinois.

Another good one from Sci-Fri this week.  This deals with eutrophication and biofuels.  Fascinating how a problem can tu...
09/17/2011
Video Pick: Growing A Wastewater Treatment Plant

Another good one from Sci-Fri this week. This deals with eutrophication and biofuels. Fascinating how a problem can turn into a solution.

The algal turf scrubber uses algae to boost water quality.

Great story from Talk of the Nation Science Friday about research in developing cellulosic ethanol.
09/17/2011
Probing Poop For Cellulose-Chomping Microbes

Great story from Talk of the Nation Science Friday about research in developing cellulosic ethanol.

Bugs found in herbivore guts can break down woody plant material for use in biofuel production.

09/12/2011
Fritz Haber and the Nitrogen Cycle : NPR

Fritz Haber and the Nitrogen Cycle : NPR

Nearly a century ago, a German chemist named Fritz Haber figured out a way to tap into the atmosphere's vast reservoir of nitrogen. That innovation led to nitrogen fertilizer, which transformed world food production. But the discovery has also created one of the world's greatest pollutants. NPR's Da...

09/12/2011
The Tragedy of Fritz Haber Part Two : NPR

The Tragedy of Fritz Haber Part Two : NPR

NPR's Dan Charles has part two of a report on one of the great scientific discoveries of the 20th century. Thursday he profiles Fritz Haber, the man who discovered how to create nitrogen fertilizer. (7:30) See NPR's expanded coverage.

Slippery Banana Peels Could Be A Savior For Polluted Water : NPR
08/27/2011
Slippery Banana Peels Could Be A Savior For Polluted Water : NPR

Slippery Banana Peels Could Be A Savior For Polluted Water : NPR

Researchers have found that the oft-maligned banana peel can grab heavy metals like copper and lead out of polluted water. Chopped-up peels performed as well or better than many other filtering materials like silica or carbon. This newly discovered banana talent has yet to be commercially developed...

08/27/2011

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