Meet the Energy Superbugs: Extremophiles

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Extremophiles are tiny microbes that are able to thrive in hot, salty and even acidic or gaseous environments that would kill other forms of life. Now scientists are using these hardy dwellers of the seafloor and hot springs to produce biofuels like ethanol more efficiently and at lower cost.

from Pocket http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/extremophiles.htm
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