Yesterday’s News Could Be Tomorrow’s Fuel

800px-World_newspapers_Everyday millions of newspapers are read and then throw out or, hopefully, recycled. Instead of turning those papers into other paper products, they may be able to be used for fuel. Via Discovery News:

Tulane University scientists discovered a strain of clostridia bacteria, dubbed “TU-103,” that can devour old newspapers to produce butanol, a substitute for gasoline.

Old editions of the Times Picayune, New Orleans’ daily newspaper, have been successfully used by the researchers to produce butanol from the cellulose in the paper. Cellulose is a structural material in plants.

TU-103 is the first bacterial strain found in nature (not genetically engineered) to produce butanol directly from cellulose. It is also the only strain yet found that can grow in the presence of oxygen. Keeping bacterial fermentation chambers air tight makes other strains more expensive to work with.

“This discovery could reduce the cost to produce bio-butanol,” said David Mullin, who’s lab discovered the bacterial strain, in a Tulane press release.

[Continues at Discovery News]

13 Comments on "Yesterday’s News Could Be Tomorrow’s Fuel"

  1. Rex Vestri | Aug 30, 2011 at 7:38 pm |

    …Researchers noted, however, that when fed editions of the New York Post or the Wall Street Journal, the TU-103 bacterium regurgitated on itself and died.  While the exact cause is not yet known, they theorize that it is related to the fact that both publications are owned by Rupert Murdock’s company News Corp.

  2. Rex Vestri | Aug 30, 2011 at 3:38 pm |

    …Researchers noted, however, that when fed editions of the New York Post or the Wall Street Journal, the TU-103 bacterium regurgitated on itself and died.  While the exact cause is not yet known, the scientists theorize that it is related to the fact that both publications are owned by Rupert Murdoch’s company News Corp.

  3. Anonymous | Aug 30, 2011 at 10:47 pm |

    More reason to switch to online alternative news outlets.  Dead Tree is virtually propaganda anyway.

  4. StillAtMyMoms | Aug 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm |

    More reason to switch to online alternative news outlets.  Dead Tree is virtually propaganda anyway.

  5. Ajsilver42 | Aug 31, 2011 at 3:09 am |

    Too bad they’re going extinct!

  6. Ajsilver42 | Aug 30, 2011 at 11:09 pm |

    Too bad they’re going extinct!

  7. with how bad newspaper are today the only thing left after reading em is to say burn baby burn

  8. with how bad newspaper are today the only thing left after reading em is to say burn baby burn

  9. with how bad newspaper are today the only thing left after reading em is to say burn baby burn

  10. Anonymous | Aug 31, 2011 at 10:53 pm |

    Oh goodie, let’s pick a dieing industry and use the waste from it for our next fuel.  This is the dumbest idea I’ve seen today, and I just had an email discussion with a guy who was willing to defend the idea that a donkey talked once.

    http://godlessconservative.com

  11. Oh goodie, let’s pick a dieing industry and use the waste from it for our next fuel.  This is the dumbest idea I’ve seen today, and I just had an email discussion with a guy who was willing to defend the idea that a donkey talked once.

    http://godlessconservative.com

  12. What are newspapers? I have heard of them, but, like the dinosaurs, I thought they were long gone. 

  13. What are newspapers? I have heard of them, but, like the dinosaurs, I thought they were long gone. 

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