Now THAT is coli!

I know, poor attempt at jest.

You do have to be a little amazed at what bugs can do. Some bugs can live through planet killing radiation, some just sit there and look dumb, and others, microscopic ones can produce diesel!

That is so effing cool, man! I mean – a bug-microbe that can, literally crap fuel – as a by-product! Whoa.

Today, scientists all over the globe are working to create fuels with the same properties but without that pesky 100 million-year wait. And “renewable petroleum” is now a reality, on a small scale, in some laboratories.

The biotech company LS9 Inc. is using single-celled bacteria to create an oil equivalent. These petroleum “production facilities” are so small, you can see them only under a microscope.

“We started in my garage two years ago, and we’re producing barrels today, so things are moving pretty quickly,” said biochemist Stephen del Cardayre, LS9 vice president of research and development.

You have to ask how, yeah?

Well – you feed the things sugar – they have to do a number two and hey-presto, diesel. Of course they are engineered to do such things – but you have to take your hat off to the guy who thought of it.


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0 Responses to Now THAT is coli!

  1. leapsecond says:

    Uh, Will… Next you’re going to be saying, “WOW! As living matter decomposes, in a few million years, we’d be able to use it as oil!” 😉

    Nah, that is really cool. I’ve always been a huge fan of biotech and its applications.

  2. Will Rhodes says:


    I think it’s a dead cool idea – but it still brings up back to the pollution that this fuel as well as fossil fuel give out – I won’t be advocating anyone using this stuff – hydrogen is still the one I think we should all go for.

    What it does prove is that with a little application the US could be oil free in the ten years that Obama has set.

    Even Saudi is building cities that are carbon neutral/oil free – that should tell people something.

  3. leapsecond says:

    Hydrogen? Nah. Solar’s the way to go: definitely the coolest looking, and it pays for itself.

    I don’t think we could be oil free in ten years. Twenty, for sure, but not ten. It would take a monumental effort for it to happen, and those neocon oil barons might put up a fight.

  4. Will Rhodes says:

    Oh I agree about the oil barons!

    But, me being an old get, I saw what can happen in 10 years or less with the moon shots.

    Solar is cool, don’t get me wrong – but it is the application of solar in the vehicle stakes – one reason people don’t want to give up oil – they want to drive and drive BIG engined cars etc.

    A combination of the two would be cool – but alternatives are the only way forward.

  5. PiedType says:

    T. Boone Pickins is an oil baron, and he’s now promoting wind energy. MIT has just announced a big step forward with solar. Cellulosic ethanol is promising (save the corn food and feed). Nuclear works for France; why not us. A multi-faceted approach is the only way. If only we’d done all this during the Arab oil embargo in the ’70s, we wouldn’t be in this mess today.

    Those lil oil-pooping bugs can keep their paws off my sugar allotment!

  6. leapsecond says:

    For cars, yes, I agree with you: hydrogen seems like it’s the best option. Solar energy seems to be the best option for homes, with a lithium backup generator.

    PiedType: I agree that nuclear energy is needed during all of this, but mainly as an important first step. The spectre of Chernobyl will always hang over Nuclear energy, unfortunately.

    Do you have the link to that MIT article? I can’t find it for some reason.

  7. PiedType says:

    Not sure how to make that a live link, but it’s also in a post on my blog.

  8. Matt says:

    What do I do if I live in Cleveland, where we have 202 cloudy days a year on average, with an additional 97 partly cloudy days? I’d say wind power, but Dennis Kucinich and environmentalist crusaders are afraid of turbines decimating our bird population…

  9. leapsecond says:

    You’ll have to ask the Germans whether their wind farms are hurting bird populations there…

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