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Newspapers May Be Converted to Fuel Source

Forget the iPad. Researchers at this Fishie’s alma matter, Tulane, may have figured out a way to reinvigorate the newspaper industry–by using bacteria to convert old newspapers into butanol, a biofuel alternative to gasoline.

From CNET:

The bacteria, dubbed “TU-103,” was found when the folks in David Mullin’s lab in Tulane’s Department of Cell and Molecular Biology were weeding through the contents of some animal droppings one day. It turned out to be some lucky scat–TU-103 is believed to be the first bacterial strain from nature that produces butanol directly from cellulose, an organic matter found in everything from paper to Caesar salads.

Take that Internet! Not only do newspapers provide local investigative reporting and measured analysis, they become even more valuable when encrusted with feces. We can’t think of a single product made outside of Japan and possibly Germany that can say the same.
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