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You've met innovator Jamie Hestekin, NOW meet the machine. The one that turns dried algae into butanol. In this innovator update, Jamie's team of students at the University of Arkansas put the machine back together and explain their steps.
Planet Forward
A rising tide may lift all boats, but what does it do to marshlands? In this week's WEBISODE we showcase NSF funded scientist's work on how marshes are affected by sea level rise. We also take you on a trip halfway around!
If you've ever seen a large factory, you'll have noticed the large amounts of exhaust emitted through smokestacks. This exhaust actually contains a lot of wasted energy, so these innovators are trying to use that waste to create a clean and... Read More
National Science Foundation
Villanova University marine scientist Nathaniel Weston studies how both land use and climate change can impact habitat in tidal marshes, including how rising sea levels may affect microbes and other plants and animals.
National Science Foundation
Decadal fluctuations in ocean salinity, nutrients, chlorophyll, a variety of zooplankton species, and fish stocks in the Northeast Pacific have been unexplained for many years. They are often poorly correlated with the most widely used indicator of... Read More
Can solar heat be transmitted through special fiber optics to distant places where it is cold? I know that fiber optics transmit light but I wonder about heat as well. Solar energy is at its most efficient when heat from sunlight is utilized... Read More
I boosted battery capacity in my solar porch lights by adding an aluminum reflectors to double sunlight on the PV chip on top of my solar porch lights. Why are we still ignoring concentrated solar power for utility scale purposes as well as retail... Read More
Planet Forward
Peek into the solar powered house designs from Middlebury College in Vermont and University of Maryland. It's all for the Solar Decathlon competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. WATCH!
R. J. Kopchak was formerly the part owner of a fisherman’s co-op in Cordova, Alaska, which was experiencing great success in the late 1980s. Then, on March 24, 1989, the Exxon Valdez oil tanker ran aground, and "the world changed."
Innovators need feedback to make their great ideas even better. So, we try to connect experts with our PF innovators every chance we get. In our WEBISODE this week, a top architect gives feedback to 3 ideas -- green urban rooftops, hemp-based... Read More

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