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Green Corn in US Energy Mix
Trump Administration Promising More Biofuels
Source: US Department of Agriculture
Ethanol Use Mandated To Rise
President Donald Trump has never claimed to be a Green "What's good for the environment is good for the nation and the world" President. In fact, he dismisses the very existence of Climate Change. But the Administration just made a slight move into a greener direction. They've unveiled a plan to boost US biofuel consumption, specifically corn based, ethanol fuel, starting in 2020. The purpose is to help struggling farmers in the Corn belt, which is a big voting constituency for Mr. Trump. The plan is getting applause from the agricultural industry and big boos from big oil, another Republican voting base.
The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is revamping ethanol rules. The plan is in partnership with the US Department of Agriculture. The plan requires an increase in the amount of ethanol that oil refineries must add to their fuel in 2020. Specifically it requires that 15 billion gallons of ethanol be blended into the nation's fuel supply starting in 2020 and going forward.
Growing Corn for Green Energy
The EPA says their plan will remove barriers to the sale of higher ethanol blends of gas. EPA says it will promote domestic ethanol and biodiesel production to help farmers and also promote more US energy security. Producers of the corn based fuel say they'll wait to see if the changes increase demand for bio-based fuels at the pump.
Superstar Robot Packers Superstar Customers
The Italian packaging company CMC in the medieval town of Citta di Castello has robot machines at the cutting edge of 2019 filling some very big orders for big clients and it delivers. The robotic packaging machine is called CartonWrap. It can box and seal 600 to 1000 items of every shape and size every hour, 24/7, including in tailor made boxes. Clients of the automated packaging machines include Amazon, Walmart and Gucci.
Big Business in Italy
CMC and CartonWrap are one of 630 companies in Italy making automated packaging machines. This is the new robotic, automated economy and it is one of Italy's fastest growing industries. In fact, the sector is accelerating 9X's faster than the overall Italian economy. It's another example of robotic technology cutting time, costs and in this case packaging waste and creating a whole new avenue of global business that's a disruptor.
1st Test for CTE, Sports-Related, Traumatic Brain Injuries in the Living
Breakthrough Research and Discoveries by Boston University Scientists
CTE is the danger for players inherent in any contact sport. Repeated hard hits to and rattling of the
head in the course of games taking a cumulative toll and resulting in traumatic brain injury CTE which is a fatal disease. Until now, there was no way to detect it in the living. The only reference points for doctors were changes in mood and behavior in the patient following a bad hit to the head and concussion.. But now, there is a brain scan test to detect the abnormal protein tau which is an indicator that the disease condition is present. It's an important breakthrough just announced by scientists at Boston University. For a great news blog, go to Important Innovations Collection: Breakthrough on CTE Brain Injuries from Sports: First Test for CTE in the Living Source: Stock Image Game-changing Discovery by Boston University…
DARPA's Biostasis Program Aims "To Slow Life to Save Life"
The program is to buy extra time for soldiers' battlefield injuries as they await medical care. DARPA, the Pentagon's Advanced Research Projects Agency, is working to develop treatments that slow down the body's biochemical reactions, tipping it into a slowed or suspended state until medical help arrives. For those critically injured, time is a matter of life and death.
Biological Suspended State
This program is inspired by nature. Wood frogs and microscopic creatures called "water bears" can survive extreme radiation, dehydration and freezing. They do so by entering a state called cryptobiosis. All metabolic processes appear to have stopped but the organism is still alive.
Long Term Research
This DARPA program is just getting started. They're beginning at the cell and tissue level. Then they'll scale up to the whole organism. It will be considered a success when it sl…