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From Booze to Garbage to Fusion: The Future of Energy

How will we fuel the world in 50 years? By putting everything from wood chips to balloons to liquid plasma to work for us.

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As oil prices continue into the stratosphere, the race is on to find the new fuel source or sources that will fulfill the long-anticipated revolution in energy. In the meantime, DISCOVER brings you all theinfo you need to understand the latest scientific and technological innovation that's being pumped into finding the solution:

▪ High-Flying Windmills Blow Away Their Ground-Based Cousins

▪ Forget Corn—Wood Chips and Trash Make Way Better Booze-Fuel

▪ Vanadium: The Element That Could Help Save the World

▪ Can Engineers Tame 200-Million-Degree Plasma and Harness Unlimited Fusion Power?

▪ Rob Lamkin Says the Biggest Obstacle to Big-Time Solar Power Is Kids With BB Guns

▪ The Second Coming of Biofuels

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