Engineers Design “Tree-on-a-Chip”

Microfluidic device generates passive hydraulic power Engineers have designed a microfluidic device they call a “tree-on-a-chip,” which mimics the pumping mechanism of trees and other plants. Image: news.mit.edu Requires no moving parts or external pumps, able to pump water and sugars through chip at steady flow rate for days March 20, 2017: Trees and other…

First Wood-to-Jet-Fuel Commercial Flight

Proves cellulosic sugars from wood can be used to make commercial jet fuel Swissport fuel manager Jarid Svraka fuels an Alaska Airlines flight powered with a 20 percent blend of biofuel made from forest residuals in Sea-Tac Washington on Nov 14, 2016.                Image: newsroom.alaskaair.com Alaska Airlines makes historic…

Moving Medicine Manufacturing From Factory to Front Lines

To produce bio-pharmaceuticals on demand, just add water Researchers at MIT and other institutions have created tiny freeze-dried pellets that include all of the molecular machinery needed to translate DNA into proteins, which could form the basis for on-demand production of drugs and vaccines. Image: Christine Daniloff/MIT. Antimicrobial peptide illustration by Ymahn/Wikimedia Commons. Freeze-dried cellular…

The Sunshine #7-4, Aug/Sep 2016

One Day At A Time Well I finally got around to admit that I might have a problem. But I thought it was just too damn big of a mountain to climb. Well I got down on my knees and said ‘Hey!’ ‘I just cant go on livin’ this way!’ With the legendary Joe Walsh…

Game-Changing Photosynthetic Solar Cell Engineered

‘Artificial leaf’ converts atmospheric CO2 directly into syngas Simulated sunlight powers a solar cell that converts atmospheric carbon dioxide directly into syngas. Image: news.uic.edu Breakthrough solar cell captures CO2 and sunlight, produces burnable fuel Bill Burton, July 28, 2016: Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have engineered a potentially game-changing solar cell that…

Treasures From The Inbox #7-3

If you get email, you get stuff. Sometimes it is spam, sometimes it is a true gem. Here is one of those gems worth sharing: Granny My sister, whom everyone lovingly calls ‘Granny’, is eighty-eight years old and still driving. She writes: Dear brother, The other day I went up to our local Christian book…

And The Winner Is…

Here are the 2016 Sunshine Express Miramonte Mother’s Day Fishing Derby Prize Winners #1-Arnulfo(Arnold) Dominguez, Norwood – 17″, 1.47lb – Longest trout – $500 cash 2- Annie Slafter, Ridgway – 1.56lb, 16 1/4″ – Moonstone earrings & necklace set – $100 – Cowgirls, Durango 3- Levi Tatum, Naturita – 1.43lb, 16 1/8″ – G. Cert. –…