The other local paper here, Connecticut Valley Spectator , has a front page story today on a breakthrough in cellulostic ethanol. Seems some Dartmouth College engineers have engineered a bacteria (originally found in Yellowstone National Park hot springs) to convert cellulose into ethanol in a much more efficient manner than previous methods. They say it should make for ethanol that is as cheap or cheaper than gasoline, and have set up Mascoma Corporation to make it into a big business. The article isn’t yet available online (the Spectator has a 1 week lag on posting things to the web). Anyway, food for thought.