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By hook or by crook, science is finding new routes to energy

Thursday 24 Apr 14 10:00am

By TIM RADFORD.- While politicians posture, and climate scientists sigh sadly, researchers in laboratories continue to devise ingenious new ways to save energy, increase efficiency, and make the most of solar power.

Darren Drewry of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California and two colleagues from the University of Illinois have a computer model that could design soybean crops able to produce 8.5 per cent more nourishment, use 13 per cent less water and reflect 34 per cent more sunlight back into space.

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