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From Engineering.com: Dark Matter Miss

November 8, 2013

In this week's episode of This Week in Engineering, hosts Dan Hedges and Vince Penman discuss a dark matter miss, a blowtorch fueled by water, Turkey's intercontinental sea tunnel, the Dream Chaser's landing failure, smart glasses for the blind, and an LED WiFi system.  Read More

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As Cellulosic Biofuels Take A Big Leap Forward in Italy, U.S. Will Reap Benefits

November 8, 2013

SwitchgrassWhen it comes to cellulosic biofuels, 2013 just might be the year “they said it couldn’t be done.” The technology, infrastructure, and know-how needed to develop biofuel from non-food crops and agricultural residues has been lagging expectations. Problems ranging from process optimization to supply chain issues have plagued numerous efforts to bring the technology out of the lab and into commercial scale production. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reduced the original 2013 target in the Renewable Fuel Standard from 1 billion gallons to a mere 6 million. Then the Ineos Indian River BioEnergy Center in Vero Beach, Fla., began shipping biogas made from waste. It will soon be producing 8 million gallons of ethanol a year. Read More