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Biofuels Companies Drop Biomass and Turn to Natural Gas | MIT Technology Review

Biofuels Companies Drop Biomass and Turn to Natural Gas | MIT Technology Review | philosophy123 | Scoop.it
The high cost of making biofuel from cellulosic sources is prompting a new strategy.

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Calysta Energy, a recently unveiled startup based in Menlo Park, California, plans to make diesel fuel that costs half as much as conventional diesel. It says it has demonstrated, at a small scale, that microorganisms that naturally feed on natural gas can be engineered to make diesel and other chemicals, and it projects that the process will be far cheaper than conventional thermochemical methods for making liquid fuels from natural gas.


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Has Philosophy Really Lost Its Bite? - Percolator - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Has Philosophy Really Lost Its Bite? - Percolator - The Chronicle of Higher Education | philosophy123 | Scoop.it

Freeman Dyson doesn’t think much of philosophy, at least not how it’s practiced at universities these days. The physicist and mathematician is known for taking unorthodox stands, and he’s more than willing to wade into matters outside his bailiwick. In a recent review of Jim Holt’s Why Does the World Exist? An Existential Detective Story, Dyson wonders: “When and why did philosophy lose its bite? How did it become a toothless relic of past glories?”

This was greeted with a combination of bemusement and mild annoyance by philosophers.

 


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