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A story at Wired's blog profiles Bay Area biofuel startup, Amyris, wondering whether the time is now to usher in the new green economy. Amyris has finished its pilot plant and hopes to scale up to producing 200 million gallons of synthetic biofuel a year at $2 per gallon by 2011. As the face of the "green revolution that President-elect Barack Obama and his administration hope will pull the U.S. economy out of recession," says the story.

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Howard Hughes Medical Institute will be requiring its researchers to publish their work so it is immediately accessible to the public, ScienceInsider writes.

The Huffington Post reports that Francis Collins, the director of the US National Institutes of Health, has urged Americans to recommit to reason.

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