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Upton Sinclair, author of "The Jungle," would feel right at home at a Canadian company that is turning the parts of cows, pigs, and chickens unfit for human consumption into automobile food. Rothsay, a unit of Maple Leaf Foods, began production of the biodiesel fuel late last year at its plant near Montreal. When used to power cars, the biodiesel produces few of the products of combustion associated with global warming. Another Rothsay product is a biodiesel made from recycled cooking oil from fast food restaurants. Another hot alternate energy source under development is a urine-powered battery. The paper battery, developed by scientists in Singapore, is designed to power home test kits that use urine to measure glucose levels and other health indicators. Urine is both the power and the medium, as it were. On the subject of power and impact, and not just the resonant sound of urine hitting paper steeped in copper chloride, several companies have hired recognizably voiced actors to speak on behalf of automobiles' onboard navigation systems. Mr. T's voice yells, "Hey, fool!" when the driver tales a wrong turn and John Cleese's voice takes the role of a psychoanalyst questioning the driver's turns.

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Title Annotation:Indications; Rothsay's biodiesel fuel
Author:Kubetin, Sally Koch
Publication:Family Practice News
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Jan 15, 2006
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