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Researchers at the University of Minnesota are working on a new method to create syngas from biomass which can then be burned directly to make electricity or converted to many different liquid fuels that we use today. There are already processes being used to create syngas, but this particular one might be the quickest and most efficient. Using "a 700 to 800 degree Celsius porous surface" along with the (very expensive) precious metal rhodium, their process breaks down the biomass in 70 millisec

When I first heard about this type of theft a couple months ago, I thought it was an isolated incident. But in the last month I've found reports from Florida, Louisana, Tennessee and Michigan of similar actions: thieves are cutting out the catalytic converters on late-model vehicles to get at the platinum and rhodium. Likely victims are fullsize SUVs or trucks because of the higher ground clearance, giving the thief plenty of room to crawl under with a hacksaw. The irony is that there may be onl