How a Government Program to Get Ethanol from Plants Failed

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The nation’s most ambitious program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from gasoline has failed despite a bipartisan, 11-year effort that has cost taxpayers and companies billions. While the effort to produce cellulosic ethanol from wood and plant wastes was intended to reduce U.S. reliance on ethanol made from corn and other food sources, it has
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California Clinic Screens Asylum Seekers for Honesty

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Dr. Nick Nelson walks through busy Highland Hospital to a sixth-floor exam room, where he sees patients from around the world who say they have fled torture and violence. Nelson, who practices internal medicine, is the medical director of the Highland Human Rights Clinic, part of the Alameda Health System. A few times each week, he
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That Self-Styled “Very Stable Genius” Is a Danger to Stability

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Recently, President Trump claimed to be a “very stable genius.” The President’s understanding of what constitutes stability differs from my own. President Trump’s unique genius is in the creation of disturbances and instability. He is not a steadying force. He foments instability in our alliance with NATO, and in our political and economic relations with
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To Feed the World Sustainably, Repair the Soil

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New technologies and genetically modified crops are usually invoked as the key to feeding the world’s growing population. But a widely overlooked opportunity lies in reversing the soil degradation that has already taken something like a third of global farmland out of production. Simple changes in conventional farming practices offer opportunities to advance humanity’s most
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Light Beam Lets the Deaf (Gerbil) Hear

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Some half a million people worldwide with severe hearing loss use an electronic implant in the ears to be able to let them understand speech. Cochlear implants, as they are known, are one of the most successful technologies to have come out of neuroscience, but only provide partial correction for any hearing deficit. They are
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This “Cancer Cure” Video Is 100% Fake. But That’s The Point

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A new video tells you what the pharmaceutical company doesn’t want you to know: a miracle cancer cure, discovered in 1816 and derived from moss, totally works and is easy to purchase online.   The video, as Wired reported, quickly racked up millions of views. But those who followed the video description’s instructions to “Watch
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Here’s How You Can Master Adobe’s Creative Cloud Software

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Science and creativity are not mutually exclusive. In fact, one of the few things distinguishing many Nobel Prize-winning scientists from their award-less counterparts has apparently been their affinity for the creative arts. These winners are 2.85 times more likely than the average scientist to dabble in an artistic craft. So, whether you’re looking to pick
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Make Something – Scientific American Blog Network

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Imagine a small group of people with a shared passion for the same craft. They all have different skills and approaches, but they like to get together and share their work. Their get-togethers feature a mix of progress reports and troubleshooting. They also provide the chance to show off to an audience that appreciates the
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