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$40 Million Biofuels Grant To UW, And How Does Kindle Fire Compare?

Ross Reynolds
09/28/2011 at 12:00 p.m.

Biofuels: US Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack was in Seattle earlier today to announce $136 million in grants for biofuel development. $40 million was awarded to researchers at WSU. An additional $40 million was awarded to researchers at the University of Washington. The UW researchers are working on developing jet and car fuel derived from poplar trees.

Somalia: The United Nations says that as many as 750,000 people could die as Somalia's drought worsens in the coming months. The famine zone is mostly in parts of Southern Somalia controlled by the Islamist al–Shabab, associated with al&ndas;Qaida. US AID administrator Raj Shah says 30,000 children have already died.

Amazon Lights A 'Fire' With Kindles: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos today showed off the Kindle Fire, a $199 tablet computer. Like Apple's iPad, it's a full–color multipurpose device, and many at the New York announcement are discussing the impact of these products on the tablet market.


David Biello is the editor for environment and energy at Scientific American.

David Carnoy is the executive editor at CNET.

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