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Professor pioneers research on repurposing biodiesel waste

Professor pioneers research on repurposing biodiesel waste

Nick Bragg

April 15, 2015


Filed under Features

With more than 200 million gallons of glycerol waste produced each year from manufacturing biodiesel, the process of disposing of this hazardous byproduct can be a sticky business. Lisa Ott, a Chico State chemistry professor, has been engaging in innovative research to turn the glycerol waste ...

TED talks provide free, fascinating education

TED talks provide free, fascinating education

Kevin Crittenden

February 13, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Everybody wants to think of the next big thing. Fortunately, the pursuit of quality knowledge doesn’t need to be as boring as heavy reading. TED talks offer a wide range of remarkable stories that once can watch.For those who haven’t heard of TED, the acronym stands for Technology, Entertainment & Des...

Science can still save us

Science can still save us

Kevin Crittenden

January 28, 2014


Filed under Columns, Opinion

Although science and technology have shaped our society, there is a dangerous lack of understanding of science’s role as a way of thinking and living. The innate curiosity that makes us human, the desire to know why things are the way they are, is beaten out of us by scared teachers or squelched b...

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