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. –…

$1300 in prizes! Mother’s Day derby

Entry Forms Take Mom Fishing The Sunshine Express Fishing Derby Continues At Miramonte Lake May 8; $500 in cash up for grabs at popular Mother’s Day event Norwood, CO, 3/27/16: Miramonte Lake, in the Dan Noble State Wildlife Area, approximately 20 minutes south of Norwood, Colorado, will be the place to be for Mother’s Day,…

Treasures From The Inbox #7-2

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: The Magic Cutoff Is there a magic cutoff period when offspring become accountable for their own actions? Is there a wonderful moment when parents can become detached spectators in the…

What’s Your Story?

What’s Your Story? How has The Sunshine Express inspired you or touched your life? Send us your story and/or add your story to the comments below! “Let me tell ya a funny story; I arrived at Colorow Care Center in Olathe for rehab after a mild stroke, and one day they delivered the papers. First day…