You can make a coherent, logical argument for cars that don't burn gasoline without once mentioning global petroleum supply. You can talk about international relations and the power of gasoline exporters (just read the first three paragraphs of this for a bit of history). You can talk about climate change. You can talk about the health effects of CO2 in the air. But the fact remains that gasoline (or diesel) remains the go-to fuel for almost every passenger vehicle on the planet, so the question
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One of the problems with natural gas is that it's necessary to store it at high pressure to use it in vehicles. A group of developers at the University of Liverpool in the UK have announced a new method to convert methane gas into a powder, effectively creating methane hydrates (pictured at the right). This makes the methane much more transportable. Their method uses a material, made out of a mixture of silica and water, that can can soak up large quantities of the gas. The gas then becomes a fi