Thursday, June 21, 2007

Cow Fart Tycoon@Fat Knowledge

Energy Roundup's post on human waste led me to wonder what Fat Knowledge was up to. FK does not disappoint with post number four in his saga, becoming the King of Blomp:

"My new favorite patent is #6,982,161: Process for the utilization of ruminant animal methane emissions."

"What is it exactly?A method for producing methane-utilizing microorganisms in a confined apparatus comprising using the methane exhaled through ruminant animal exhalation as a source of carbon and/or energy for the growth of said microorganisms comprising:
a. collecting methane gas that has been exhaled through ruminant animal exhalation..."

Update: FK also has some questions about dimethylfuran (below) but he apparently had to be referred to the article, rather than reading Nature directly, heh.