The microbe works without significantly depleting oxygen in the water, researchers led by Terry Hazen at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in Berkeley, Calif., reported Tuesday in the online journal Sciencexpress.

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original article  "Deep-Sea Oil Plume Enriches Indigenous Oil-Degrading Bacteria" via Science Express [pdf, requires proxy server to access from home

Last summer, Nestle scored a sweet deal in Sacramento. While city residents were facing water restrictions, the bottling company was given freedom to take as much of the municipal water as it wanted ? and of course, Nestle doesn't have to disclose how much it's taking. And sure, Nestle's paying for the water ? but paying peanuts. City Council member Kevin McCarty explained, "At current rates, they [Nestle] would pay the city about 65 cents per 100 cubic feet of water, or 750 gallons. That works out to a payment to the city of $186 for the 215,000 gallons of water taken on an average day. By the time that water is bottled and put on a grocer's shelf, the consumers would pay more than $2.1 million for those 215,000 gallons ? a profit margin of roughly 10,000 percent!"

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When it comes to saving energy, many Americans seem to get it ? and at the same time they don?t get it at all.

Suzanne DeChillo/The New York Times Switching off lights is not as effective as many consumers apparently think.

That?s the takeaway from a new study by researchers from Columbia University, Ohio State University and Carnegie Mellon University who found that people are far more likely to focus on switching off lights or unplugging appliances than on buying new bulbs or more efficient refrigerators. But people?s perceptions of the relative savings of various actions are significantly at variance with reality.

via NY Times Green Blog

"the mission of the new Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy, which is intended to finance high-risk, high-reward projects. It can be compared to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, part of the Pentagon, which spread seed money for projects and incubated a variety of useful technologies, including the Internet.

The goal of this agency, whose budget is $400 million for two years, is to realize profound results ? such as tens of millions of motor vehicles that would run 300 miles a day on electricity from clean sources or on liquid fuels from trees and garbage."

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