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Stories by David Biello

Understanding photosynthesis by sequencing two algae genomes

The algae floating in the sea are microscopic plants of great consequence on a global level. They conduct a big chunk of the world's photosynthesis (turning sunlight into chemical energy); they control the carbon cycle (taking in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and locking it away), and they form the base of the ocean's food pyramid, allowing other plants and animals to flourish...

April 9, 2009 — David Biello

Sonar may not be to blame for marine mammal beachings

In recent years, the U.S. Navy has come under fire because of training exercises involving sonar that whale-lovers charge is deafening marine mammals and, in some cases, leading to their deaths by disrupting their communications and sending them astray...

April 8, 2009 — David Biello

Solid catalyst simplifies turning algae into biodiesel

As home biodiesel brewers know, it's a time-consuming and chemically intensive process to transform French fry grease into a fuel. And then there's the problem of burning something in your truck that could have fed people; canola oil can be used for food or fuel, for example...

March 26, 2009 — David Biello
LED There Be Light

LED There Be Light

More energy-efficient light-emitting diodes are rapidly becoming the preferred lighting solution worldwide

March 18, 2009 — David Biello

First domesticated horses in central Asia more than 5,000 years ago

It's pretty hard to milk a wild mare. So researchers attempting to determine whether ancient Botai in northern Kazakhstan had domesticated horses tested their pottery for evidence that they were as fond as their modern descendants of mare's milk (you can see [ left ] a modern mare being milked by a Kazakh woman)...

March 5, 2009 — David Biello

Are greener gadgets even possible?

The urge to buy the latest gadget and to reform environmental misbehavior may be the twin pillars of 21st century American youth culture, but can the two ever be reconciled?

March 2, 2009 — David Biello
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