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New, more efficient flexible thermoelectric generator

Thermoelectric generators (TEGs) provide a promising solution for waste heat recovery. Researchers at Penn State University claim to have made a significant advance that will support widespread utilisation of thermoelectric technology into the waste heat recovery application and will substantially […]

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Genomic organization of sugarcane cultivars revealed by chromosome-specific oligonucleotide probes

Abstract         Sugarcane (Saccharum spp.) is probably the crop with the most complex genome.  Modern cultivars (2n=100-120) are derived from interspecific hybridization between the noble cane S. officinarum (2n=80) and the wild cane S. spontaneum (2n=40-128).  We investigated the genome organization […]

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Fumaric Acid

Fumaric acid has been identified by the U.S. Department of Energy as one of the “top 12” building block chemicals that can be potentially manufactured using renewable feedstocks [1]. Owing to the non-toxic nature over other carboxylic acids, fumaric acid […]