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Showing posts from February, 2011

Journal Club:"Metagenomic Discovery of Biomass-Degrading Genes and Genomes from Cow Rumen"

You may remember that a while ago I blogged about a research group that found a way to produce biogas reactor using the content of a stomachs cow. One of the questions, I had back then was what kinds of bacteria were in the cow's stomach fluids?

Today, we'll look at a  massive Science article from January 28 with the title "Metagenomic Discovery of Biomass-Degrading Genes and Genomes from Cow Rumen" from the Rubin Lab with Matthias Hess and Alexander Sczyrba as the primary authors recently hit the science world, and gives us that answer.

In Other Words: "Testimony Before the Senate Subcommittee on Green Jobs and the New Economy"

As an intermediate update, I wanted to post something I came across a few days ago: A testimony before the senate subcommittee on green jobs by Kate Gordon from the Center for American Progress Action Fund. I have reposted the exact content here only to make sure that her words do not get lost as often can happen when one only provides a link, and I do think what she has to say is important. I encourage everyone to go directly to the source and read it there.

Mr. Chairman and members of the committee, thank you for inviting me to testify before you today. The issue of green jobs and trade is critical in light of the triple crises America faces: an economic crisis that has left 14 million people unemployed; an energy security crisis that leaves us vulnerable to every international incident and natural or man-made disaster; and a climate crisis that threatens the very planet we live on. In true American entrepreneurial spirit, we at the Center for American Progress Action Fund be…

In Other Words: Inspirational Videos - "Michael Pawlyn: Using nature's genius in architecture"

I have been covered in work lately finishing up the last experiments for my thesis. So my blogging time has been less than I'd like to. Just to give a heads up, I recently read a review article on biofuels which I am planning on summarizing. However, today I wanted to introduce another angle on the "bio-based" theme by sharing with you another TED talk that talks about about bio mimickry. It very well summarizes some of what I have been thinking about and continue to be inspired about. Enjoy!

P.S.: I am curious to see what the readers of this blog think about this video and the posts in general. Feedback and general commentaries, as well as suggestions for future blog posts are always welcome!