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  •  Yes, absolutely. (2+ / 0-)
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    Bill White, aztronut

    This little molecule

    the "Rubippy"

    could be the path to a green future.  A Rubippy is similar in structure to the chlorophyll molecule having a metal center (in chlorophyll it's a magnesium ion, in rubippy it's a ruthenium ion) and an attached system of organic rings.

    Acting as "relay" channel for the transfer of electrons, Rubippy has shown some potential to convert water and sunlight into a clean source of energy. Problem is that while rubippy has shown promise it is not a commercially viable enterprise because of high costs, instability, and low efficiency.

    We could have a hydrogen economy sooner rather than later, however, if we had cheap Rubippy and a power source that could be in turn used for cracking.

    •  Ruthenium? As in platinuim group metal ruthenium (1+ / 0-)
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      Fascinating . . .

      Off to Google I go! ;-)

      Health care crisis in a nutshell: Too much is expended on "managing" & too little on "caregiving"

      by Bill White on Fri Nov 21, 2008 at 12:22:01 PM PST

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