Scientists unlock the future of beer


The prospect of yeast-by-design is tantalizing for many researchers in the brewing industry.

Man-made yeasts could irreversibly change everything from the biofuel to the brewing industry. A team of geneticists led by Jef Boeke at Johns Hopkins University is genetically engineering a yeast from scratch, as part of the Synthetic Yeast 2.0 project. They have designed and written a code made up of roughly 11 million letters of DNA—the As, Cs, Gs, and Ts that write the book of life—which they are synthesizing and subbing in for a yeast’s natural DNA.

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Growing algae in sewage to create biofuels

A channel in which algae is bred and gently stirred with a paddlewheel.

Growing algae on sewage could generate affordable biofuels. To make this work you begin with a series of small artificial rivers where waste water flows and algae is cultured. In those ponds is a paddle wheel, which pushes the water about and mixes algae into the waste water. The shallowness of the rivers encourages sunlight and helps the algae grow. And that algae is pretty important, because it’s what gets turned into biofuel.



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The U.S. is the world’s biggest oil producer in 2013

The U.S. will surpass Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest oil producer this year.

According to new data released from the PIRA Energy Group,  the U.S. is projected to be the biggest supplier of oil in the world this year when biofuels and natural gas liquids are taken into account.



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Honeywell Schedules first Non-Stop Trans-Atlantic Biofuels flight


Will biofuels replace standard jet fuel one day?

An important milestone in aviation biofuels: Honeywell has scheduled for today the world’s first trans-Atlantic non-stop jet flight powered by biofuel. Flying between Morristown, New Jersey and Paris will be a Gulfstream corporate jet carrying company executives and powered by a 50-50 blend of aviation biofuel and petroleum.

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