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Native Prairie Plant Bio-based Fuel alternative to Petroleum better than Corn based Ethanol

Native Prairie Plant Bio-based Fuel alternative to Petroleum better than Corn based Ethanol

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A study from the University of Minnesota's College of Biological Sciences found that a mixture of native perennial grasses and other flowering plants are a better source of energy per acre compared to corn grain ethanol or soybean biodiesel. David Tilman, Regents Professor of Ecology led the study and was first reported in the December 8th issue of Science as a cover story.

"Biofuels made from high-diversity mixtures of prairie plants can reduce global warming by removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Even when grown on infertile soils, they can provide a substantial portion of global energy needs, and leave fertile land for food production," Tilman said.

Global Warming – 55 Million Years Ago gives us Clues to Potentially Hot Future

Global Warming – 55 Million Years Ago gives us Clues to Potentially Hot Future

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Scientists from private nonprofit organization, Carnegie Institution’s Department of Global Ecology, found that long-term release of carbon 55 million years ago contributed to global warming during this time period. This discovery reflects that global warming in modern day is related to the CO2 emissions into the environment. The study was led by Mark Pagani and included scientist Ken Caldeira and was first published in the December 8th issue of Science magazine.

The event that happened 55 million years ago has been known as an ancient global warming event named Paleocene-Eocene Thermal Maximum (PETM). This event was caused by a massive release of carbon. The geologic record shows that the greenhouse effect increased temperatures around 9 degrees Fahrenheit on average for around 10,000 years. The higher temperatures remained for the next 170,000 years and caused a number of changes to the environment. Animal life, rainfall patterns, and the rise of modern primate ancestors have all been contributed to this time period.

Visio 37 HDTV Product Review

Visio 37 HDTV Product Review

Vizio L37 37" 1366x768 / 600:1 Contrast Ratio / HDMI / Built in HD Tuner / LCD TV w/Speakers

Many are looking for the Visio 37 HDTV because one of the most promising companies to come out in recent years in the world of HDTV is Visio, or Vizio. They offer only a few different TV’s, but they have some of the lowest prices available anywhere. They are a great starter set for those looking to take a dip in the HDTV pool without spending tens of thousands of dollars.

While Visio doesn’t make a 37-inch plasma HDTV, they do make a 37-inch LCD model that is very attractive. The Visio 37” LCD L37 HDTV is the number one selling set of that size in the United States right now and it retails for $999 on their own website. In the UK, it sells for the same price but in English Pounds from retailers such as Tiger Direct. The set comes with a one-year warranty and has an excellent resolution at 1366x768.

Visio does make other sets, as well. If you must have a plasma TV, they make a 42” model and a 50” model.

Get The Cell Phone Facts And Save Money

Get The Cell Phone Facts And Save Money

BlackBerry 8700g Phone (T-Mobile)

Commercials, billboards, booths at the mall …everywhere you look, it seems as if there is another cell phone for sale. But it doesn’t stop there. Choosing a company merely begins the massive quagmire of models, plans, features, and accessories. In this fast-paced society, cell phones have become integral components of daily life. Technology has enabled the cell phone to become almost as personal as a diary. The wrong choice just buys a wrong identity and a thinner wallet. However, the purchase of a cell phone does not have to be a daunting, money-draining, luck-of-the-draw decision. Get informed. With a little bit of knowledge pricy mistakes are easily avoided, and the perfect phone is available at the cheapest cost.

When purchasing a cell phone, one of the most important questions to ask is “How exactly will I use my phone on a daily basis?” Constantly refer back to this question. By focusing on your exact needs, necessary components will be remembered and unneeded elements will not be hastily included. Identify needs and preferences prior to shopping. Knowing what you want ahead of time will prevent the misdirection of attractive appearances, over-promising plans, and state-of-the-art technology.

Playstation3 sold on eBay for upwards of $3,200 on Pre-sale

Playstation3 sold on eBay for upwards of $3,200 on Pre-sale

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Sony Playstation3 frenzy has arrived as the demand for the units are now selling on eBay for upwards of $3,200 for a 60GB unit.

A quick look around eBay and you will find a bidding frenzy for the Sony Playstation3 units with them all going into the thousands of dollars. Much anticipated for so long, many people are willing to spend way over retail to be one of the first people to own one for themselves.

If you can wait in line at the retailers that are open at midnight you might be able to buy a Playstation3 at regular retail price.

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