A Smarter Planet

From the World Wide Web to the Web Wide World

Jack Mason

Jack Mason
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New York, USA
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Global Business Services, Strategic Programs
Company
IBM
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I'm working on IBM's Smarter Planet initiative, which is about the global evolution from the "World Wide Web" to a "Web Wide World" ... a planetary infrastructure that is pervasively instrumented, interconnected and intelligent. http://smarterplanet.tumblr.com

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Salon.com
MAY 10, 2012 10:01AM

Green fuel is possible with artificial ecosystems | Phys.org

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For algae to power our cars and planes, production needs to be low carbon and cost effective, which means working with natural processes, not against them, say scientists.

Algae could become an important source of sustainable biofuel, as production doesn’t compete with  for land. But we may need to change the way we grow from closed systems to open ponds if it is to be low-carbon and cost-effective.

This is because current algae production in closed systems – usually for cosmetic ingredients – uses too much energy keeping the ecosystem isolated from the surrounding environment.

To overcome this issue, scientists from the University of Cambridge suggest that when grown in open ponds, algae should be supplemented with multiple species that help support the algae in some way. This would make the system less vulnerable to outside influences such as predators.

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