Are We Alone – Fuel’s Paradise

by Gary Niederhoff on April 25, 2011

You know the joke about the car and the snail. Look at that escargot? Well, snails may be the only thing not powering the automobiles of the future. Trees, grass, algae, even the garbage you toss on the sidewalk has potential for conversion into biofuel. What is America’s next top model fuel? Join us on a tour of the contenders.

Meet a man who’s mad about miscanthus … an astrobiologist’s attraction to algae… and the blueprint for building your own biofuel bugs.

Also, discover whether any of these next-generation fuel sources could take us to the stars. Put that in your rocket and burn it!

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Madhu Khanna on biofuel production.
Part 2: Stephen Long on miscanthus.
Part 3: Bret Stroegn on ethanol.
Part 4: Madhu Khanna on biofuel vs food production.
Part 5: Jonathan Trent on algae biofuel.
Part 6: Madhu Khanna on biofuel from waste.
Part 7: Madhu Khanna on energy policy.
Part 8: Michelle Chang on microbial butanol.
Part 9: Madhu Khanna on synthetic biology.
Part 10: Richard Obousy on rocket biofuel.

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