Researchers receive grant to study biochar

By Jace Dostal, jace.dostal@iowastatedaily.com Sep 3, 2015 Researchers at Iowa State have been awarded nearly $2 million for research on the integrated pyrolysis of biochar systems. Biochar is a product used on soils to return nutrients to the soil, which are removed when biomass is harvested for bioenrgy and aid in sequestering carbon that otherwise would be released into the atmosphere …

Uganda: Harvesting water to build community resilience in Karamoja

  By Lydia Wamala; 10 Jul 2015 Source(s):World Food Programme (WFP) Nayese Village, Karamoja – As Regina Nakwang, Veronica Locham, Lina Sagal and Cecilia Kapel look down at the completed sand dam, their pride is clear to see. “For now it may look like just a wall and dormant water, but come back in the dry season and you will see,” Regina …

Green Energy for the Poor

Kenyans studying by solar-powered light. CreditWaldo Swiegers/Bloomberg By NGOZI OKONJO-IWEALA, SEPT. 9, 2015 An innovative business model combining solar power and cellphones is electrifying parts of rural Africa that are far from the grid. It’s called M-KOPA. The “M” stands for “mobile,” and “kopa” means “to borrow.” The company’s customers make an initial deposit, roughly $30, toward a solar panel, a few ceiling …

The New Tobacco Road: a path beyond smoking for America’s traditional cash crop

Tyton Bio’s tobacco project September 9, 2015 | Jim Lane  Tobacco’s been re-thought, re-engineered and re-invented as a platform for sustainable, low-carbon fuels, and green chemicals – who’s doing what, where and how? From time to time, it’s been said in flowery moments of commercial rapture that such-and-such technology or such-and-such company or is a “pillar of our American democracy”. …

Graduate researcher wins fellowship to design drugs to combat deadly disease

Dana Klug, PhD’18, a researcher in Michael Pollastri’s Laboratory for Neglected Disease Drug Discovery. Photo by Matthew Modoono/Northeastern University August 31, 2015 by Thea Singer When North­eastern grad­uate stu­dent Dana Kluglearned, in mid-​​July, that she had won a pres­ti­gious pre­doc­toral fel­low­ship from the Amer­ican Chem­ical Society Divi­sion of Med­i­c­inal Chem­istry, she did what researchers in labs around the world do …