From: FutureStructure
To: David Lifferth,
Subject: FutureStructure Newsletter:
Date: Wed Jan 22 14:37:04 MST 2014
JANUARY 22, 2014

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A BIG WEEK FOR CLEAN ENERGY: From biofuels to green diesel to solar and wind, clean and renewable fuel has been hot of late. The whiz kids at  the University of Texas at Austin’s Cockrell School of Engineering have even developed a new source of renewable biofuel from genetically engineered yeast cells and ordinary table sugar that can be used in place of petroleum-derived products. [more]

Also this week, researchers at the Energy Frontier Research Center at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill announced they'd discovered a potential solution to one of solar power's big problems: how to store it. [more]

Energy is a huge part of the FutureStructure vision, which is why we also mentioned off-shore wind power in Maine; how state Green Banks are helping clean energy technology to market; a UC Berkeley effort to convert methane to liquid transportation fuel; and Boeing's claim that "green diesel" will fuel airliners soon.

GOOGLE MAKES BIG PLAY FOR INTERNET OF THINGS: The search giant agreed to buy Nest Labs for $3.2 billion in cash. The Palo Alto start-up founded in 2010 by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, two former iPhone and iPod engineers at Apple, makes slick Internet-connected home devices. [more]

Related: Why is Google Buying Up Robotics Companies? [more]

Related: Via - Google's Internet of Things Now Includes Your Body

ROCKEFELLER RESILIENT CITIES CHALLENGE:The Rockefeller Foundation announced last month the first 33 cities that would receive support through its 100 Resilient Cities Challenge. [more]

Check out which cities made the cut.

HIGH-SPEED RAIL LINK BETWEEN U.S. AND MEXICO?While California's high-speed rail project languishes in legal limbo, the idea of a high-speed passenger and cargo rail service between Mexico and the United States has taken shape after high-ranking officials from both countries met last week. [more]

OTHER HEADLINES: Clean Tech Is Not Dead 

Government Technology: Smart Snowplow Tech Turns Every Vehicle into a Weather Sensor

IEEE Spectrum: Tidal Energy Could Supply Half of Scotland's Power

Design News: 3D Print Metals For Under $2,000

mLive: Autonomous cars hot topic at Detroit auto show

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