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What Happened to the Promise of Biofuels?

Spring is here, and the air is fresh with new hopes and possibilities. We’ll get to those in a minute. First, let’s remind ourselves of one, haunting, apocalyptic reality: we are actually running out of fossil fuels. Also, the burning of those fossil fuels releases gas that traps heat in the Earth’s atmosphere, and scientists […]

Algae Company Joule Merges with Red Rock Biofuels

Imagine being able to use synthetic biology to create a genetically altered organism that uses the sun’s energy to literally sweat ethanol or hydrocarbon fuels. Joule, a company we first wrote about just over 2 years ago, has created such an organism which they are still working to commercialize. Just last week, Joule announced that they have merged […]

3 of Synthetic Biology’s Failing Biofuel Stocks

Synthetic biology is exciting, make no mistake. The first alien life form or “designer organism” was created by Craig Venter in 2010 and now Mr. Venter, a synthetic biology pioneer, is looking to increase human longevity. Another exciting synbio company is Intrexon (XON) with their synthetic biology design platform that can be used to create apples that don’t […]

Asimov – Building Tools to Program Living Cells

Blockbusters – drugs with annual sales of at least $1 billion – are to pharma companies what unicorns are to venture capitalists (VCs). They’re what you ultimately want to find. Proteins are the basis for many blockbuster therapeutics. For example, Insulin, the protein-based hormone used to treat diabetes, had a market value of $21.2 billion […]

AMP Robotics Amped Over AI-Powered Recycling Robots

We recently wrote about the nascent and unprofitable carbon capture market – and suddenly it seemed like everyone was talking about how we need new, scalable technologies for removing and recycling CO2 into everything from energy to cement. It didn’t hurt that Mr. Elon Musk happened to announce the same day that he was putting […]

Calico Purring Right Along With Life Extension Research

Earlier this month, Alphabet (GOOG) took the air out of its Loon subsidiary, a former moonshot project for deploying internet around the world using high-flying balloons. Apparently, the economics just didn’t work out. No word on how much Google’s parent company spent on Loon, but SoftBank had sunk $125 million into the business in 2019. […]

When Will Carbon Capture Tech Become Economically Viable?

The first day at a new job is usually uneventful. There are HR policies to sign and disregard, break rooms to explore, and hours to wait while the Help Desk tries to get you signed into the system. So it was with some surprise that we learned that the head of the new U.S. administration […]

6 Sustainable Materials Made from Microalgae and Seaweed

One thing about emerging technologies is that you never know when – or if – they will finally fulfill their promise or fall flat. Take the miracle material graphene. Thin, light, and hard as a diamond, graphene was supposed to revolutionize how we build everything in the future. Not so much. We’ve written about 30 […]

A Pure-Play Protein Engineering Stock

The donkeys and the elephants are preparing for war in November when they should really be focused on more amazing things – like protein engineering. We recently wrote about how scientists are Designing Proteins to be Molecular Machines using algorithms that need to consider more amino acid combinations than atoms in the universe. The proteins […]

Investing in Green Technology Companies and Stocks

ARTICLE HIGHLIGHTS TABLE OF CONTENTS What Are Green Technologies? Renewable Energy Stocks and Companies Water Technology and Desalination Agtech Companies and Stocks Agtech in New Zealand Indoor Farming Agtech Stocks Food Technology Companies and Stocks Lab-Grown Meat Investing in Electric Vehicles and EV Charging Investing in Batteries and Grid Storage The Growth of Lithium-Ion Batteries […]