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Betting on Algal Biofuels

Algae could make the perfect renewable fuel

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Some of the algal cultures grown at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Colorado.
Photo: E.J. Carr


Most people consider algae a nuisance. But it turns out that one man’s pond scum is another man’s gold, to draw on an old expression. An algal species with the right properties could be immensely valuable. That’s why we and others at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, in Golden, Colo., have been busy “bioprospecting” for promising scoops of slime.

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IEEE’s Medal of Honor Ebook Explores 100 Years of Innovation

It celebrates recipients such as Intel’s Robert Noyce

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a book that reads “Over 100 Years of the IEEE Medal of Honor” against a blue background
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For more than a century, IEEE has been honoring technology pioneers with its Medal of Honor. The organization’s most prestigious award, it is given to engineers who have made exceptional contributions to or had an extraordinary career in electronics, electrical sciences, and engineering.

To celebrate the award’s long history, IEEE recently released a commemorative ebook, Over 100 Years of the IEEE Medal of Honor. The volume chronicles the innovators who have received the award since its establishment in 1917. The Medal of Honor has been awarded annually since its establishment except in 1925, 1947, 1965, and 1976.

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Forecasting the Ice Loss of Greenland’s Glaciers With Viscoelastic Modeling

Researchers at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany are developing new models to simulate how glaciers behave

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Aerial view of Nioghalvfjerdsbræ showing the extensive patterns of the crevasses

This sponsored article is brought to you by COMSOL.

To someone standing near a glacier, it may seem as stable and permanent as anything on Earth can be. However, Earth’s great ice sheets are always moving and evolving. In recent decades, this ceaseless motion has accelerated. In fact, ice in polar regions is proving to be not just mobile, but alarmingly mortal.

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