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Distilling Fuels from the Sun

Distilling Fuels from the Sun

In this video chemist Allen Bard talks about his efforts to harness the power of sunlight to produce fuels that can substitute for oil.

UT Professor Debunks Climate Change "Myths"

Energy Institute director Raymond Orbach is wading into the climate change debate with a new paper aiming to debunk eight "myths" about climate change.
Study Links Pollutants to a 450 Percent Increase in Risk of Birth Defects

Study Links Pollutants to a 450 Percent Increase in Risk of Birth Defects

Pesticides and pollutants are related to an alarming 450 percent increase in the risk of spina bifida and anencephaly in rural China.
Oil Exploration Would Endanger the Most Biodiverse Region in the Western Hemisphere, Say Scientists

Oil Exploration Would Endanger the Most Biodiverse Region in the Western Hemisphere, Say Scientists

An international team of scientists has found that Ecuador's Yasuní National Park, which sits on top of massive reserves of oil, is in the single most biodiverse region in the Western Hemisphere.

Allen Bard Awarded Grant to Improve Energy Storage on the Grid

Allen Bard Awarded Grant to Improve Energy Storage on the Grid

Chemist Allen Bard has been awarded a grant to improve energy storage capacity on the electric grid.
Marine Scientists Awarded $5.6 Million for Study of Critical Arctic Environment

Marine Scientists Awarded $5.6 Million for Study of Critical Arctic Environment

The grant will allow for extensive study of the Hanna Shoal area in the Chukchi Sea, an area valued highly by the oil industry for offshore drilling.

U.T. Making a Big Bet on the Future of Algae

U.T. Making a Big Bet on the Future of Algae

The UTEX Culture Collection of Algae. Photo by Spencer Selvidge for the Texas Tribune.
Tagged by Fukushima

Tagged by Fukushima

Before beginning my usual irreverence, let me just say that one of the great stories of modern bravery was that of the workers who stayed on at Fukushima nuclear power plant, isolated, surrounded by death, and did their jobs.

Large Facility For Growing Algae for Biofuels Opens

Large Facility For Growing Algae for Biofuels Opens

Algae has gained significant attention as a feedstock for biofuels and as an alternative to other petroleum-based products because of its potential for high yields, high productivity and scalability.

Marine Science Institute Receives $7 Million Grant to Study the Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

Marine Science Institute Receives $7 Million Grant to Study the Impact of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

The grant is the largest in the Marine Science Institute's 70-year history.