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Proprane-producing E. Coli Provides Biosynthetic Alternative to Fossil Fuels

Proprane-producing E. Coli Provides Biosynthetic Alternative to Fossil Fuels | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

Propane is an appealing fuel, easily stored and already used worldwide, but it’s extracted from the finite supply of fossil fuels – or is it? Researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Turku have engineered E. coli bacteria that create engine-ready propane out of fatty acids, and in the future, maybe even sunlight.


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"Although we have only produced tiny amounts so far, the fuel we have produced is ready to be used in an engine straight away. This opens up possibilities...to replace fossil fuels..."


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...Propane is cheaper and easier to condense into liquid than other available gaseous fuels, such as hydrogen. And it’s arguably a better synthetic candidate than liquid fuels which can be detrimental to their living bacterial factories and require purification from the host once produced.


With the premise of producing a fuel that’s more sustainable in a biological host and easier to bring to market, the research team engineered a pathway in E. coli that interrupts the conversion of fatty acids into cell membranes and instead couples naturally unlinked enzymatic processes to manufacture propane.


..."Although this research is at a very early stage, our proof of concept study provides a method for renewable production of a fuel that previously was only accessible from fossil reserves," said Dr Patrik Jones, from the Department of Life Sciences at Imperial College London. "Although we have only produced tiny amounts so far, the fuel we have produced is ready to be used in an engine straight away. This opens up possibilities for future sustainable production of renewable fuels that at first could complement, and thereafter replace fossil fuels like diesel, petrol, natural gas and jet fuel."


Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald
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The tiniest amount of a new discovery can end up fueling, literally, a whole new world.  A new industry was started by Andrew Carnegie based on what was then extraordinarily expensive steel to build the 1874  Eads Bridge, the longest arch bridge in the world.  ~  D

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Most Creative People 2013

Most Creative People 2013 | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

The 2013 global leaders in technology design media music movies marketing television sports and more. What have you learned from the world's most creative, successful leaders?


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2.  THE GALAXY GUIDE

Samsung--under the design direction of Dong-hoon Chang--has been killing the smartphone game, from the gargantuan Galaxy Note 2, which further popularized the “phablet” trend, to the Galaxy S III, which briefly unseated the iPhone last year as the best-selling phone in the world. To gather ideas during the development of the S III, Chang led his design team on a city-hopping observation tour around the globe, from hot-air-balloon rides in Africa to Singapore’s Skypark on the Marina Bay. He says the travels inspired the S III’s oval, pebblelike shape and shimmery color, as well as the water-ripple effect of its touch screen. 



4.  KIRTHIGA REDDY, DIRECTOR OF ONLINE OPERATIONS, FACEBOOK INDIATHE GLOBAL MOBILE ALL-STAR

When Kirthiga Reddy opened Facebook's India office in 2010, the site had just 8 million users in a nation of 1.2 billion people. Since then, she's grown Facebook India ninefold, to 71 million as of the end of 2012--healthy growth, given that only a tenth of Indians have Internet access.



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The headline offers, "the value of creativity at a crucial time in business."  ~  D

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