New from the GAO: Energy efficiency, wind energy

Energy Efficiency: Better Coordination among Federal Programs Needed to Allocate Testing Resources. GAO-13-135, March 28. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-135 Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/653429.pdf Wind Energy: Additional Actions Could Help Ensure Effective Use of Federal Financial Support. GAO-13-136, March 11. http://www.gao.gov/products/GAO-13-136 Highlights - http://www.gao.gov/assets/660/652958.pdf Manufactured Homes: State-Based Replacement Programs May Provide Benefits, but Energy Savings Do Not Fully Offset Costs. GAO-13-373, March …

Can Fungi Replace Plastics? Maybe, Say Researchers

Read the full story from Union College. Fungi, with the exception of shitake and certain other mushrooms, tend to be something we associate with moldy bread or dank-smelling mildew. But they really deserve more respect. Fungi have fantastic capabilities and can be grown, under certain circumstances, in almost any shape and be totally biodegradable. And, …

Trees Used to Create Recyclable, Efficient Solar Cell

Read the full story from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Solar cells are just like leaves, capturing the sunlight and turning it into energy. It’s fitting that they can now be made partially from trees. Georgia Institute of Technology and Purdue University researchers have developed efficient solar cells using natural substrates derived from plants such …