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Making Cellulosic Ethanol at Sugar Cane Plants 17 Nov 2012 | 07:30 pm

Startup Edeniq next year will make ethanol from sugar cane bagasse at an existing ethanol plant, a bolt-on approach geared at lowering capital costs. Of the many approaches to making biofuel from non...

Other Interesting arXiv Papers This Week 17 Nov 2012 | 10:25 am

The best of the rest from the Physics arXiv Laser Studies Of Metallic Artworks

Fabrication Trick Offers Fivefold Leap in Hard-Disk Capacity 17 Nov 2012 | 01:58 am

Current hard-drive designs are reaching their limit in data storage, but a new manufacturing technique could allow drive capacities to keep expanding. A technique that enables the nanopatterned layer...

General Motors Raises Its Ante on Electric Cars 17 Nov 2012 | 01:55 am

The Detroit automaker will soon debut its first all-electric vehicle, a fast-charging vehicle that also rides well. The Chevrolet Spark EV isn’t General Motors’ first pure electric vehicle—that would...

The Long and Winding Road to Wireless Charging 17 Nov 2012 | 01:24 am

We’re getting there. Slowly. Could Apple weigh in? I’ve written about wireless charging before, but not with great enthusiasm. There was an Apple patent application that surfaced, but a patent applic...

How Facebook Boosted Obama’s Vote Tally 17 Nov 2012 | 12:10 am

Facebook's effort to increase voter turnout worked best with groups likely to have voted for the president. Facebook just revealed some interesting figures about who responded to its reminder to vote...

Physicists Laser Print Conducting Polymer Circuits 16 Nov 2012 | 05:19 pm

Solvents can cause problems in the manufacture of conducting polymer circuits. The answer is laser printing, say researchers

Say Hello, or 你好, to China’s Siri 16 Nov 2012 | 05:00 pm

YuDian, dubbed the Chinese Siri, is available to anyone with a mobile phone in China. You might not have heard of iFlyTek. The company is hardly a household name in its domestic market of China, eith...

In Online Exams, Big Brother Will Be Watching 16 Nov 2012 | 10:00 am

How can you tell if an online student has done the work? That’s where webcam proctoring comes in. The boom in online education has created a job that didn’t exist a few years ago: remote test proctor...

Towards Flexible Mobile Screens 16 Nov 2012 | 05:22 am

Samsung is rumored to take the lead. What’s taking so long for smartphone displays to be made of plastic?

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