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df99

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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 4:45:43 PM

For many decades, we have been relying on fossil resources to produce liquid fuels such as gasoline, diesel, and many industrial and consumer chemicals for daily use. However, increasing strains on natural resources as well as environmental issues including global warming have triggered a strong interest in developing sustainable ways to obtain fuels and chemicals.
Previously, through metabolic engineering of Escherichia coli (E. coli), there have been a few research results on the production of long-chain alkanes, which consist of 13-17 carbon atoms, suitable for replacing diesel. However, there has been no report on the microbial production of short-chain alkanes, a possible substitute for gasoline.
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POWERSTROKE7.3L
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Message Posted: Oct 2, 2013 7:21:54 AM

OK.
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df99
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 12:16:26 PM

I beg to disagree. While I agree that EVs can fill 95+ of all driving needs, they are still highly dependent on limited resources from foreign countries that are not necessarily friendly to the USA. Rare Earth metals in the motors and lithium for batteries come to mind.

IMHO, growing fuel will be the future, but it should be much, much more efficient than ethanol via corn. Its the import duties that prevent the cheaper ethanol from Brazil made from more efficient sugar cane waste.
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boileauj
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 9:14:25 AM

I think EV technology will end up being a better resource than this. It all depends on the electric source though, it is only helpful if the energy source is renewable.
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df99
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 8:14:33 AM

One thing I can say with absolute certainty...
Dino juice won't last forever and this country will be one of the first on "empty"!!
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:47:46 AM

novel new pie in the sky
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comprof
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 1:09:00 AM

Pie in the sky at best.
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MikeCapeCoral
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 12:37:06 AM

Old news and with all the oil now... why bother.
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JohnofGB
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 12:21:30 AM

At what cost???? Who could afford it?
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Gabydominguez85
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2013 12:07:13 AM

Hurry up and do something so we don't depend on gas that much !
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:51:29 PM

lets see where it goes.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:37:56 PM

I'm sure this will as big and resounding a success as ethanol has been.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 11:24:38 PM

Cool!
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:25:04 PM

Bet it won't lower pump prices if successful.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 10:24:37 PM

Lets see if it is up scalable.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 8:19:03 PM

Interesting
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 8:03:53 PM

Interesting!
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:45:21 PM

Very Interesting
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:32:46 PM

Cool. Eventually (hopefully) with economy of scale it would be cheap enough to replace fossil fuels.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:27:39 PM

We'll have to see what the price point is
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:25:36 PM

Makes for a lifetime job for the researchers even if there is little demand for it today.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 7:14:28 PM

I would have thought that gasoline is too toxic for a living organism to actually produce it in much quantity. Ethanol will kill the yeast that produces it at about 14%. Then it must be distilled to concentrate it further.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:47:13 PM

We'll have to see what the price point is and what, if any, the drawbacks might be.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:29:39 PM

Interesting that they have technology to come up with Diesel fuel and the topic only mentions the production of gasoline. Especially when the text says they haven't come up with anything for gasoline yet.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:20:11 PM

Frankenfuels.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:16:08 PM

good news
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:06:11 PM

sounds expensive
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 6:04:08 PM

Let's hope it can be commercially viable.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 5:56:32 PM

Keep up the R&D
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 5:51:40 PM

The future will be less dependent on fossil fuels.

Unfortunately some will never believe that change is coming.
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Message Posted: Sep 30, 2013 4:55:07 PM

just more pie in the sky
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