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AddHigher ethanol blends create health, safety risks, says Big Oil-funded study

In the simplest terms, when higher-ethanol blend fuels spill, they can make buildings go boom. And the study that says this was funded, in part, by Chevron and Shell as well as the American Petroleum Institute, while the report was generated by Rice University in Houston. All clear on the players? Good. Let's proceed.

AddRice University scientists devise spray-painted battery [w/video]

Talk about lightweighting. Rice University researchers have figured out a way to – wait for it – spray paint the components of a lithium-ion battery onto any hard surface, suggesting that someone looking to get a little rechargeable power can make like Earl Scheib.

AddRice University researchers studying hydrogen nano tanks

Researchers at Rice University are studying a new way of potentially storing hydrogen within tiny carbon nano-structures called buckyballs. So far they haven't actually been able to physically test their ideas. They have only done computer simulations to evaluate whether the structures could hold multiple hydrogen atoms. A carbon buckyball made up of 60 carbon atoms can hold up to 58 hydrogen atoms before coming apart. The structure could be scaled up to create larger buckyballs to hold more hyd

AddGlycosBio says it can make ethanol cheaper, months away from commercialization

Glycos Biotechnologies Inc, a company started by two Rice University researchers, say they can make cheap ethanol from glycerin. Glycos' process and the feedstock for making ethanol from glycerin (a byproduct of biodiesel production) is about half the cost of making ethanol from corn. The researchers, Ramon Gonzalez and Syed Shams Yazdani, found the right mix for a known strain of Escherichia coli to convert glycerin into ethanol through an anaerobic fermentation process.

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