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Money talks, but how can we know what it's saying? Exxon Mobil is investing $600 million into a 5- to 6-year algae biofuel project with biotech company Synthetic Genomics. The biofuel will be made from "sunlight, water and waste carbon dioxide by photosynthetic pond scum," writes the New York Times. After the first $600 million is used and if the technology appears to be working, billions more could follow in order to get the produciton process ready for commercial application. The goal is to pr

Steve Spence over at Green Trust posted last week on work being done at the J. Craig Venter Institute that is working on both sides of the biofuel vs. hydrogen green car divide. Researchers at the Venter Institute are working with microbes and plants to reduce fossil fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. There aren't many details available at the Venter Institute's website, but Dr. Hamilton Smith is leading research projects to reengineer "the photosynthetic pathway to divert the sun's energy into