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Wood to build human body parts — and other bio-innovations

Wood to build human body parts — and other bio-innovations

At our current pace of consumption, humankind is running out of resources and time to keep our planet habitable. Under our existing economic model — which itself relies on increasing energy demands — industries are constantly producing materials for clothing, transport, construction and packaging that still largely rely on fossil fuels, plastics being a prime example.

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Japanese companies turn to biomass to clean up coal power

Japanese companies are developing biofuels that can be burned alongside coal to cut carbon dioxide emissions at power plants without investment in pricey new equipment. Oil distributor Idemitsu Kosan has developed a new type of pellet fuel made from compressed wood waste carbonized at a low temperature that can be burned in coal-fired plants.

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Vermont’s Constitution staying warm with wood heat

The bitter arctic cold snap that hit this month has many Vermonters thinking about keeping their homes and businesses warm with wood and pellet stoves, but did you know that the Vermont State Archives, home to the Constitution, is also heated with wood?

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Katerra raises $865M as it redefines the construction industry

The investment accelerates our mission to transform the construction industry and deliver better, faster, cheaper buildings for everyone.

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Freres looks to the future with production of mass-plywood panels in Santiam Canyon

Freres Lumber Company has its new mass-plywood panel plant up and running; named area’s 2017 Large Business of the Year. While heavy rains were pelting Santiam Canyon Thursday afternoon, Jan. 18, there was a warm bustle of activity at one brightly-lit site between Lyons and Mill City.

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