NEWS OF: 8/11/2006

Spinach-Powered Yaris?

MIT scientists are addressing the “urgent challenge of our time” - alternatives to greenhouse gases. MIT’s Energy Research Council is leading a university-wide push to develop sustainable fuels, and the ideas are radical. Our favorite? Spinach solar power: Tapping the secrets of photosynthesis — engineering proteins from spinach — to make organic solar cells whose efficiency could outstrip the best silicon photovoltaic arrays today.

Great reading and infinitely smarter approach than a study offered by Kurt Z. House, a Harvard University scientist, suggesting that one-third to one-half of carbon dioxide could be liquefied and pumped deep under the sea into the Earth’s crust at a cost of only billions.

Because given the option of conserving energy or drilling holes into the Earth’s core to store our pollution, we would, of course, choose the latter.

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