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  • 47 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Winter 2015 Demo Day 2

    47 Startups That Launched At Y Combinator Winter 2015 Demo Day 2

    Y Combinator got so big, it had to split its Demo Day in two. During today’s second wave we saw a variety of promising biotech, marketplace, enterprise, and financial tech startups. Yesterday we chronicled 50 consumer, B2B, developer, and hardware companies. With bigger and bigger batches, the on-stage pitches are getting more bombastic as YC’s startups compete for attention. Yet… Read More

  • Bio
    YC-Backed Industrial Microbes Is Engineering Bacteria To Produce Chemicals From Natural Gases

    YC-Backed Industrial Microbes Is Engineering Bacteria To Produce Chemicals From Natural Gases

    The trio of synthetic biologists behind Industrial Microbes, a new East Bay-based startup backed by Y Combinator, have had years of experience in working with biofuels. They met at LS9, a biofuels startup that took more than $80 million of venture investment through the height of the cleantech wave and sought to create fuels from specially engineered bacteria. From a venture perspective, LS9… Read More

  • Flow Kana Brings You Pot Straight Off The Farm

    Flow Kana Brings You Pot Straight Off The Farm

    Think of it as the first “farm-to-bowl” concept. Flow Kana just launched an on-demand medical cannabis delivery service that skips the brick-and-mortar dispensary to bring pot from local, organic weed farmers straight to you. “It’s the clean cannabis movement,” founder Michael Steinmetz says. “It’s important for the consumer to know where their… Read More

  • New Form Of Cotton Can Grab Nearly Three And A Half Times Its Own Weight Of Water Out Of Thin Air

    New Form Of Cotton Can Grab Nearly Three And A Half Times Its Own Weight Of Water Out Of Thin Air

    A new treatment applied to cotton called PNIPAAm can make the material absorb up to 340% of its own weight in water from misty air and then release it as temperatures heat up. This makes it ideal for gathering water in desert and mountain environments. By comparison, untreated cotton can absorb only 18% of its weight in water. Read More

  • How To Make Nylon From Chicken Feathers

    The world is hooked on plastics, but creating plastics — especially thermoplastics like nylon, polyethylene, and polystyrene — typically requires petroleum or natural gas. That’s bad, because it deepens the world’s dependence on those finite resources. Researchers at the Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln… Read More