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Cotton candy ice spun by fungus

Microscopic and chemical analyses of the elusive and mysterious hair ice have finally revealed its secret: fungus.

By July 22, 2015


Gucci's liquid wood sunglasses can biodegrade

The Italian fashion label dreams up eco-friendly glasses made out of a biodegradable superwood.

By May 29, 2012


Wood chips take acid bath en route to biochemicals

Startup Virdia raises funds to test making sugar from wood chips, making it one of many companies trying to create sugars from non-food sources for chemicals, biofuel, or animal feed.

By March 6, 2012


Can your car run on seaweed? This startup thinks so

Converting seaweed sugar to fuel sidesteps land-use and fresh-water issues posed by conventional biofuels, Bio Architecture Lab argues.

By January 20, 2012


Guilt-free plastic for composting in your yard

Researchers develop highly degradable sugar-based polymer for plastic from non-food biomass.

By February 19, 2010


Energy crops key to biofuels growth

Biofuels are under attack for environmental and economic reasons. GM and biofuel firms counter that low-cost ethanol from sustainable growth is coming soon.

By August 5, 2008


BlueFire: Making ethanol at the landfill

Nobody wants garbage, so why not make ethanol out of it? Company aims to set up series of small ethanol refineries at landfills.

By April 10, 2008


Coskata CEO explains how to get to $1 a gallon ethanol

Here is Coskata's business plan in a nutshell: take garbage, make gas out of it, and feed it to microbes. Then a big company pays you to teach them how to do it.

By April 7, 2008


Is vinegar the secret ingredient for biofuels?

ZeaChem devises a process in which a microbe from termite guts converts plant matter into acetic acid. The acid is then turned into fuel.

By March 12, 2008


Multicultural biofuel made from toughest part of the plant

Lignin is tough stuff, but Washington University has a way to turn at least some of it into fuel.

By January 16, 2008