Big Picture Science – Fuel’s Paradise

by Gary Niederhoff on August 3, 2012









You know the joke about the car and the snail. Look at that escargot? Well, snails may be the only thing not powering the automobiles of the future. Trees, grass, algae, even the garbage you toss on the sidewalk has potential for conversion into biofuel. What is America’s next top model fuel? Join us on a tour of the contenders.

Meet a man who’s mad about miscanthus … an astrobiologist’s attraction to algae… and the blueprint for building your own biofuel bugs.

Also, discover whether any of these next-generation fuel sources could take us to the stars. Put that in your rocket and burn it!

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Basics of Biofuel
Part 2: Gas From Grass
Part 3: Ethanol Production
Part 4: Impacts of Biofuel
Part 5: Algae Power!
Part 6: Cutting-Edge Technologies
Part 7: Energy Policy
Part 8: Genetically Engineered Biofuel
Part 9: Synthetic Biofuel
Part 10: Bio Rocket Fuel?

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