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American Chemical Society Weekly PressPac -- April 8, 2009

a dozen states in the Corn Belt consume less than 100 gallons of water per gallon of ethanol, making them better suited for ethanol production. "The results highlight the need to take regional specifics into account when implementing biofuel mandates," the article notes. - MTS

"Water Embodied in Bioethanol in the United States"


Sangwon Suh, Ph.D.
Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering
University of Minnesota
St. Paul, Minnesota 55108
Phone: 612-624-5307
Fax: 612-624-3005

It's the metal in the mussel that gives mussels their muscle power


Researchers in California are reporting for the first time that metals are key ingredients that give the coatings of anchoring byssal threads of marine mussels their amazing durability. The study could lead to the design of next-generation coatings for medical and industrial applications, including surgical coatings that protect underlying tissues from abrasion and also life-threatening bacterial infections, the researchers say. Their study appears in ACS' Langmuir, a bi-weekly journal.

In the new study, Herbert Waite and colleagues point out that many existing coatings are severely limited by the materials they cover. A rubber band dipped in molten wax is a good case in point. Once hardened at room temperature, the wax is several times harder and stiffer than the underlying rubber, but even moderate extension shatters the wax. Scientists have been trying for years to develop robust coatings for soft or delicate underlying materials. Until recently, however, scient

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