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Does the answer to our energy problems lie in tiny microbes?

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By Younghoon David Kim

Such are the dire predictions about climate change these days that there seem to be only two courses open for society: Either we fail to act and the planet keeps heating up, or we restrict ourselves, leave our cars at home, give up hamburgers and stop flying on vacation.

Either way, it would seem, the future is dead set on making our children's lives worse than ours.

But there is a third way and it lies in new forms of energy. One of the most promising involves the use of microorganisms to generate electricity.

The research in this field is very exciting and is starting to yield fruit.

But there is a problem and it's one you quickly stumble over if you Google "microbial energy" and throw in words like "revolution," "significance," and "exciting." It's that it's hard to figure out what it's all about, let alone that it is important.

To take a random example ― and no offence to the authors of this one ― what would you make of a paper with this title: "Utilizing anaerobic fungi for two-stage sugar extraction and........

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