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Scientists investigate using Purpurin Plant Based Dye for making Lithium Ion Batteries

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(Best Syndication News) - Scientists from The City College of New York and Rice University used purpurin, a dye extracted from the rose madder root, to power an environmentally friendly battery. The goal is to develop a non-toxic and sustainable lithium-ion battery. On December 11, 2012, the researchers reported their results in Nature's online and open access publication, Scientific Reports.

The madder plant roots have been used as a natural fabric dye for over 3,500 years in Asia and in the Middle East. The plant dye was used to color fabrics a bright orange, red, and pink.

Chevrolet Volt Car Owners drove over 100 Million Miles on Electricity

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(Best Syndication News) - All the Chevrolet Volt cars on the road have been driven over 100 million electric-powered miles, according to the General Motors Company (NYSE:GM). The cars can use both electricity and gas, but Volt owners use electricity to power their vehicles in over 65 percent of their trips. The on-board gas-powered generator is used for the longer road trips.

The Chevrolet Volt cars started becoming available on the market in December 2010. In this short time, General Motors estimates that around 5 million gallons of gas have been saved by using electricity to power these cars. Additionally, around $1,370 is saved in fuel expenditures per year for each Chevrolet Volt owner.

Scientists Predict more Wildfires in the United States by 2050

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(Best Syndication News) - Scientists have created a climate model to determine whether there will be an increased amount of wildfires across the United States in the coming years. The climate model calculates the expected number of fires through 2050 using NASA satellite data along with climate models to determine the drier conditions nationwide.

Information was presented today by Doug Morton, from the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., at the annual meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.

The findings were based on current trends in wildfires and predicted greenhouse gas emissions in the years to come. Morton explained that the model suggests an increased fire risk nationwide by 2050.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations coming to California

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(Best Syndication News) - NRG Energy (NYSE: NRG) announced today that they have been cleared to move forward to build over 200 electric vehicle charging stations throughout California. The charging stations will be located in the urban areas of San Francisco Bay, the San Joaquin Valley, the Los Angeles Basin, and San Diego County.

The company said that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) approved the agreement between the California Public Utilities Commission and NRG. The charging stations, dubbed eVgo Freedoms, can now move forward. NRG hopes to open their first eVgo locations in early 2013.

Bacteria aid Plant Roots to Grow in Desert Conditions

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(Best Syndication News) - Researchers found that the soil’s microbial communities can aid plant growth even more so during drought conditions. The roots work together differently with the soil microbes to accommodate for a lack of water. Daniele Daffonchio and colleagues from the University of Milan, Italy, published their findings in the October 31, 2012 open access journal PLOS One.

The symbiotic relationship between plants and soil microbial communities are important for growth. The researchers wanted to find out what happens to the bacteria and plant roots when there is a lack of water.

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