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"Indian herb trick turns water into kerosene."
A young, unemployed south Indian has flummoxed India's
top government scientists by demonstrating an apparently
simple recipe for producing a kerosene-like fuel by
boiling a "mystery" herb in water: prospectively, he
hopes, revolutionising the world energy industry.
"We have no doubt we are sitting on something very big,"
said Mr Valangiman Ramamurthi, India's top science
bureaucrat. Watching scientists professed little idea
how or why the process worked, but said it conclusively
produced "a clear oil separation in substantial
quantities" which tests have identified as a hydrocarbon
similar to kerosene. "Its properties make it better than
petrol," said one. "Apparently the herb can grow widely
in all types of soil -- it is very exciting."
"More in the Pipeline."
In the 1970s fear gripped the Western world that Earth
was running out of oil. Since then, vast new reserves
have been discovered that can be extracted with current
technology. The known crude oil reserve now amounts to
one trillion barrels -- enough for 45 to 50 years at
current world production rates, and estimated reserves
are at least one trillion barrels more.
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