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Gamers Going Green: New Video Game Turns Players Into Biofuel Farmers | QUEST

Gamers Going Green: New Video Game Turns Players Into Biofuel Farmers | QUEST | Biofuels | Scoop.it

For many people, the allure of video games is unparalleled. These games provide hours upon hours of entertainment for dedicated players, many of whom are enticed by the prospect of hunting zombies and defeating alien empires. But of course, video games aren't just about fun these days. Since the late 1980s, video games have been used as teaching tools in the classroom, at home, and in other informal education settings. More recently, there has been a surge in the development of games that are being used not only to educate students, but also to enlighten scientists, policy makers, and others who hope to make use of the players' collective brain-power to help solve real-world problems. Stepping into this arena, a group of scientists and educators from the Midwest are trying to harness some of that time spent battling otherworldly marauders, and refocus it around answering questions related to an important agricultural puzzle: how to sustainably manage a biofuel farm.

 

Although there is general agreement that we should be growing crops that can be turned into biofuels, scientists and farmers are still debating the best way to proceed.   There are questions about which crops to grow and how to raise them sustainably —as well as the larger question of what it means to be “sustainable.” Is a sustainable farm one with the best soil quality, or one that produces the most fuel, or one that yields enough income to support its farmers?

 

To answer some of these questions, scientists at the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery (WID) and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have teamed up with ecologists and educators to create a video game. Their hope is that the game will lure players into channeling the kind of critical thinking used in entertainment based video games, which will in turn provide insights about the best way to grow biofuel crops.

 

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Biofuel From Whisky Waste

Biofuel From Whisky Waste | Biofuels | Scoop.it
Scottish start-up Celtic Renewables is bringing back a once popular fermentation process that it says can be used to produce superior next-generation biofuels from the byproducts of various biological industries.
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From the Sea to the Pump: Is Kelp a Viable Biofuel?

From the Sea to the Pump: Is Kelp a Viable Biofuel? | Biofuels | Scoop.it
Brown kelp macroalgae — the strange, foul-smelling seaweed so often found washed up on the Pacific Northwest’s volcanic sand beaches — could ultimately offer an almost unlimited global supply of commercial-quality ethanol or biomethane.

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Science of Innovation -- Biofuels

While sources of biofuel currently exist, such as ethanol made from corn, Professor Steve Hutcheson at the University of Maryland is ...youtube.com
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Energy 101 | Algae-to-Fuels

As America takes steps to improve our energy security, home-grown fuel sources are more important that ever. One of the fuel sources of the future ...youtube.com
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Bacterium breaks down grass for biofuel | Chemistry World

Bacterium breaks down grass for biofuel | Chemistry World | Biofuels | Scoop.it
Microbe that anaerobically degrades plant biomass could help bring down the cost of biofuels.
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Are Biofuels Worth the Investment? – The Great Energy Challenge

Are Biofuels Worth the Investment? – The Great Energy Challenge | Biofuels | Scoop.it
Biofuels are at a crossroads. According to the International Energy Agency, global biofuels production has grown more than sixfold over the last decade, yet biofuels still account for just 3 percent of all road fuel energy.
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Taking Biofuels to the Next Level - energybiz

Taking Biofuels to the Next Level - energybiz | Biofuels | Scoop.it
Taking Biofuels to the Next Level
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OK, no big deal, we'll just use that CO2 to make some carbon-neutral biofuel, sound good?
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Molecular Switch for Cheaper Biofuel - Renewable Energy World

Lignocellulosic waste such as sawdust or straw can be used to produce biofuel — but only if the long cellulose and xylan chains can be successfully broken down into smaller su.
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Research students perfect elevator pitch at Three Minute Thesis - Latest News @ UOW

RT @UOW__: #UOW research students to perfect elevator pitch at the #ThreeMinuteThesis - Tues 2 July http://t.co/Rqfvr0VuqZ
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Pain At The Pump Could Be Eased With High-octane Bacteria - RedOrbit

Pain At The Pump Could Be Eased With High-octane Bacteria - RedOrbit | Biofuels | Scoop.it
RedOrbit Pain At The Pump Could Be Eased With High-octane Bacteria RedOrbit New lines of engineered bacteria can tailor-make key precursors of high-octane biofuels that could one day replace gasoline, scientists at the Wyss Institute for...
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Novozymes Falls as UBS Sees Biofuel Pressure: Copenhagen Mover - Bloomberg

Novozymes Falls as UBS Sees Biofuel Pressure: Copenhagen Mover - Bloomberg | Biofuels | Scoop.it
Novozymes Falls as UBS Sees Biofuel Pressure: Copenhagen Mover Bloomberg Novozymes A/S (NZYMB), the world's largest maker of enzymes for biofuel, was the biggest decliner in the Copenhagen benchmark index today after UBS AG said investors should...
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Oil World sees veg oil prices continuing to fall on soy and sunflower surplus

Oil World sees veg oil prices continuing to fall on soy and sunflower surplus | Biofuels | Scoop.it
In Germany, Oil World says that vegetable oil and fats prices are expected to fall on slower demand for biodiesel mixed with increased soy and sunflower oils.
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Green Oil - The Algae-based biofuel industry in Western Australia is ideally suited...

Green Oil - The Algae-based biofuel industry in Western Australia is ideally suited... | Biofuels | Scoop.it
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Future Directions International says WA is ideally suited to build an algae-based biofuel industry because of its abundant sunshine, innovative farmers and the resource industry's huge demand for fuel.

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World Bank economists conclude food price increases sparked largely by oil price jumps, not biofuels

World Bank economists conclude food price increases sparked largely by oil price jumps, not biofuels | Biofuels | Scoop.it

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Algae to Biofuel

Vermont researchers and entrepreneurs demonstrate their innovations in algae to biofuel R&D in the Northeast.youtube.com
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Algae Farm

Ever considered algae to be the future of biofuel? The Touchstone Algae research project in Wayne County does and is looking to ...youtube.com
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Are fungus-farming ants the key to better biofuel? | Grist

Are fungus-farming ants the key to better biofuel? | Grist | Biofuels | Scoop.it
Secrets from the leafcutter ant's underground fungus fields could help create a more efficient ethanol.
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Whiskey is for Making Biofuels? - Environmental Leader

Whiskey is for Making Biofuels? - Environmental Leader | Biofuels | Scoop.it
Scottish startup Celtic Renewables says it can turn waste from the country's £4 billion ($6 billion) whiskey-making industry into millions of gallons of renewable fuel, creating a £60 million ($90 million) biofuels industry, ...
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A Slimy Marine Organism Fit for Biofuel and Salmon Feed - Science Daily (press release)

A Slimy Marine Organism Fit for Biofuel and Salmon Feed - Science Daily (press release) | Biofuels | Scoop.it
A Slimy Marine Organism Fit for Biofuel and Salmon Feed Science Daily (press release) June 25, 2013 — It sounds too good to be true: a common marine species that consumes microorganisms and can be converted into much-needed feed for salmon or a...
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Renewable Energy Group catches the eye of stock analysts

Renewable Energy Group catches the eye of stock analysts | Biofuels | Scoop.it
In New York, Wedbush began covering the Renewable Energy Group on NASDAQ on Friday, with an initial “outperform” rating and a $17 price target, roughly 25% higher than recent closing.
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Turkish Airlines teams with Solena Fuels on bio jetfuel

Turkish Airlines teams with Solena Fuels on bio jetfuel | Biofuels | Scoop.it
In Turkey, Solena Fuels has teamed with Turkish Airlines to explore the potential use of renewable jetfuel as the airline looks to reduce its carbon emissions.
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Newly developed medium may be useful for human health, biofuel production ... - AgriLife Today

Newly developed medium may be useful for human health, biofuel production ... - AgriLife Today | Biofuels | Scoop.it
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French aviation companies team up on biofuel - Travel Daily Media

French aviation companies team up on biofuel - Travel Daily Media | Biofuels | Scoop.it
French aviation companies team up on biofuel
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A demonstration flight was undertaken last week between Toulouse and Paris using Airbus A321 aircraft powered Total's biofuel, which is produced using sugar-processing technology.
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New Alternative Fuel Training Network launched online

New Alternative Fuel Training Network launched online | Biofuels | Scoop.it
In Virginia, some of the nation’s top alternative fuel experts have joined forces to form the Alternative Fuel Training Network, launched this month on the new website AFVtraining.net.
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