Archive for October 25th, 2013
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There is far more than just one universal solution to attract more women to the manufacturing sector. Detailed reports highlight how manufacturers need a succession plan for their workforce, and recruiting more women by instilling a supportive work culture can bolster the industry with the top female talent.
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In this week’s episode of This Week in Engineering, hosts Vince Penman and Dan Hedges discuss progress in creating fusion net energy, plans to drill on Mars, nanotube speakers, ballistic missile disaster aid, Venetian flood barriers, and a pillow building. Read more


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Lead by Dr. Parekh, Sweetwater's research and development team works to optimize the Sweetwater process and provide highly fermentable sugars for customers. (Left to right: Hannah Szpaicher, Dr. Sarad Parekh, Lauren Eichelberger, Carl Felice, Ben Stauber). Credit: Sweetwater.

Lead by Dr. Parekh, Sweetwater’s research and development team works to optimize the Sweetwater process and provide highly fermentable sugars for customers. (Left to right: Hannah Szpaicher, Dr. Sarad Parekh, Lauren Eichelberger, Carl Felice, Ben Stauber). Credit: Sweetwater.

Considering the problem we have with the accumulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide, it makes sense to try and turn it into energy, for which we have a great appetite and a diminishing supply. If we could only convert the CO2 to energy, then we wouldn’t need to burn the fuel that produces so much of it. But can that be done?

As any schoolchild knows, green plants do exactly that every day. So it makes sense that an engineered biological process should be able do it too. Developers of algae-based fuels and researchers have been exploring this possibility, using various approaches such as genetically modified organisms at the University of Georgia and artificial photosynthesis at MIT. Still, success seems a long way off.

But a joint venture of British and American companies is developing a process that can do this to commercial scale in a just a few years. Read more


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