Lumber’s lure: Thanks to physics, viable biofuel may grow in the woods

My pitches to Ars’ editors are, in contrast to my articles, short and to the point. “I’m going to New Zealand soon. They have a big forestry industry and there is a local research institute trying to turn waste wood into biofuels. I think that would make an excellent story.”

In my mind, its acceptance was equally brief: “Sweet as. Enjoy your trip to biochemistry land.”