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Process To Convert Sugar Directly To Diesel Resurrected
2012-11-07 13:38:34

University of California - Berkeley Long-abandoned bacterial fermentation process resurrected to feed catalysis into fuel mixture A long-abandoned fermentation process once used to turn starch into explosives can be used to produce renewable diesel fuel to replace the fossil fuels now used in transportation, University of California, Berkeley, scientists have discovered. Campus chemists and chemical engineers teamed up to produce diesel fuel from the products of a bacterial...

2012-08-28 12:29:06

Antibiotic residues in uncured pepperoni or salami meat are potent enough to weaken helpful bacteria that processors add to acidify the sausage to make it safe for consumption, according to a study to be published in mBio®, the online open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, on August 28. Sausage manufacturers commonly inoculate sausage meat with lactic-acid-producing bacteria in an effort to control the fermentation process so that the final product is acidic...

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2012-08-13 09:40:53

John Neumann for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Forget the image of a bewhiskered and lederhosen -wearing biermeister stirring golden vats of ale over a fire, the future of beer drinking is in the hands of rubber-gloved hands and face-mask protected flavor technicians and biochemists. Buried in the corridors of Cara Technology´s research labs in southern England, is a lab containing hundreds of beer yeast strains, some dating back 130 years. All are cryogenicly frozen in tiny...

2012-07-11 05:40:34

A new biofuel production process created by Michigan State University researchers produces energy more than 20 times higher than existing methods. The results, published in the current issue of Environmental Science and Technology, showcase a novel way to use microbes to produce biofuel and hydrogen, all while consuming agricultural wastes. Gemma Reguera, MSU microbiologist, has developed bioelectrochemical systems known as microbial electrolysis cells, or MECs, using bacteria to...

2012-05-29 08:05:50

Single cell oils (SCO), produced by and extracted from some single-celled microorganisms, are featured with high levels of the major very long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA). SCO are essential for health and potential sources of bio-diesel. There has been a long history of interest in the exploitation of microorganisms as oil and fat providers, due to the continuing diminution of arable land and climate change making animal and plant sourced oils even more limited. However, such...

Scientists Use New Method To Study Judo
2012-03-21 06:23:49

Brazilian scientists are taking note of the rise in popularity of mixed martial arts and want to quantify the amount of energy being used during these activities. By using tools and technologies such as electromagnetic blood tests and portable gas analyzers, these scientists will be able to quantify how much energy is used during other activities, such as team sports. Watching a Judo match makes it clear why scientists would want to base their study on this sport. The two fighters will...

2012-03-09 00:02:59

Whether or not a wine turns out to be as outstanding as the winemaker hopes depends on the quality of the yeasts; they control the fermentation process and create the distinctive flavor. A new sensor allows winemakers to establish whether the grape must contains the right sort of microorganisms before fermentation has even begun. A good wine is unmistakable. It has its own particular taste, its own characteristic and singular aroma. None of this happens by accident: the production of...

Promiscuous Yeast Hook Up In Wine-making Vats
2012-02-27 06:07:40

Humans aren't the only species that like to get busy with a glass of bubbly, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. Turns out, the common baker's yeast has indulged in a frenzy of amorous frolicking in the fermentation vats of winemakers for hundreds, possibly thousands, of years, with interesting results. The unexpected promiscuity has made the lineage of many commercial and wild yeast strains difficult to trace. But there are also indications that such...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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