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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

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 sta

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

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

How To Make Nylon From Chicken Feathers

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/04/peeps.jpg" />The world is hooked on plastics, but creating plastics -- especially thermoplastics like nylon, polyethylene, and polystyren