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Via the Beeb:
Fruit could make ‘powerful fuel’
By Matt McGrath
BBC Environment reporter
The sugar found in fruit such as apples and oranges can be converted into a new type of low carbon fuel for cars, US scientists have said.
The fuel, made from fructose, contains far more energy than ethanol, the scientists write in the journal Nature.
Separately, a British report on biofuels says all types of waste products, including plastic bags, can be used to make biodiesel fuel.
Critics of biofuels made from plant crops say they drive up food prices.
In both the European Union and the United States politicians have heartily embraced biofuels as a way of reducing emissions of carbon dioxide and dependency on imported oil.
Critics say that the current biofuels, both diesel made from palm oil and ethanol made from corn, encourage farmers to switch land to fuel production, driving up the price of food in the process.
Now scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison say that a simple sugar called fructose can be converted into a fuel that has many advantages over ethanol.
It is called dimethylfuran – it can store 40% more energy than ethanol, does not evaporate as easily and is less volatile.
The scientists say that fructose can be obtained directly from fruits and plants or made from glucose.
But more work needs to be done to assess the environmental impact of this new fuel.
Via the Metro:
Ban garlic? Thatâ€™s a stinking idea
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
Love it or hate it, plenty of people are passionate enough about garlic to kick up a stink about the bulb.
It has emerged that a high profile campaign to banish it from cuisine had been launched in Italy, with support from celebrities and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi.
Mr Berlusconi has demanded that restaurants ban ‘stinking garlic’ from dishes, and he used his powerful TV channel Canale to launch a protest this week. News editor Carlo Rossella said: ‘Garlic stinks.
I can’t digest it and I avoid it like a vampire.’ Mr Berlusconi’s aversion to garlic was so great that he banned it from the menu when Italy hosted the G8 summit in 2001.