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Shamus Funk

Shamus Funk has been a freelance writer with the Motley Fool since October of 2013. After graduating with his Ph.D in Physical Chemistry from North Dakota State University, he applied his chemistry/nanoscience education at an Ithaca-based biotechnology company performing research on Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants for government agencies including NASA and the Department of Defense. Shamus is currently a professor of chemistry in Wisconsin.

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Wed Apr 16

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What Do Pulitzer Prize Winners Mean for Businesses?

Pulitzer Prize-winning stories from the past two years have focused largely on exposing amoral behaviors among both government agencies and publicly traded companies, making it one of the few times each year when it may be best to stay out of the [more]

Mon Apr 14

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Monsanto Company and the Use of Terminator Seeds

Genetic Use Restriction Technologies could be applied to seeds to remedy intellectual property issues that stem from seed-saving, but the seed industry may never be able to actually use the developed technologies.

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Rising World Food Prices Spell Trouble for Biofuels

As crop prices rise, biofuel producer margins fall. Some of these companies are more at risk than others.

Thu Apr 10

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The Latest Expense to Hit Utility Companies From the EPA

The long-overdue removal of PCBs from electrical equipment may soon become required by the EPA, and utility companies will have to foot the bill.

Sun Apr 6

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American Craft Beer Today Is Where Biofuels Will Be in Twenty Years

When looking toward the future of biofuels in America, growth in the craft brewing industry may provide the best model for comparison.

Wed Apr 2

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GMOs Remain the Driving Force for Monsanto Company

Monsanto reported solid second quarter earnings driven by the company's seeds and genomics segment.

Thu Mar 27

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How Badly Are More Natural Gas Pipelines Needed?

Domestic natural gas production is growing, but distribution of the natural gas is in a somewhat precarious state. More pipelines may be needed, but who will really benefit?

Tue Mar 25

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What the Russia-Ukraine Crisis Means for Fertilizer Companies

Russia supplies Ukraine with natural gas, and the price of this gas is headed way up. How will this cost increase of the key nitrogen fertilizer ingredient affect North American fertilizer producers?

Mon Mar 24

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Monsanto’s Next Breakthrough May Have Been Developed for the Medical World

Monsanto announced today the creation of a new company, Preceres LLC., which hopes to apply successful drug delivery technologies originally created for medical applications towards the development of agriculture biologicals.

Thu Mar 20

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Can Fuel Cells Survive Without Subsidies?

The orders for Plug Power fuel cell units keep coming in, and the company's stock price has seen a lot of volatility recently on account of these orders. Will the orders keep coming when the Recovery Act stops sharing the customers' costs?

Wed Mar 19

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Biofuels Trying to Hit Big Oil Where It Hurts

Biofuel companies will struggle to match the sheer volume and production costs realized by Big Oil companies, but they can challenge Big Oil in the production of specialty chemicals.

Tue Mar 18

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KiOR Earnings Not Worth the Wait

KiOR delayed reporting its financials as long as possible. When the filing was finally made, big operational and technological troubles were revealed.

Mon Mar 17

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The Biggest Threat to the Banana Industry Doesn't End With Bananas

Whether a single cultivar or hundreds of different cultivars, the argument that adding a single gene adds diversity is flawed. Bananas lack biodiversity due to the dominance of a single cultivar that is susceptible to disease,

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Wed Mar 12

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The Biggest Threat to the Banana Industry Doesn't End With Bananas

Corn and bananas share vulnerabilities that should have Monsanto and Chiquita worried.

Fri Mar 7

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Winners and Losers When Crop Prices Drop

Long before the situation in Ukraine began dominating news coverage, the USDA predicted that crop commodity prices would drop in 2014. Here are some companies that would be affected by such a drop.

Wed Mar 5

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Will Biofuels Be at the Core of the Next Manhattan Project?

Biofuels are a necessary component of the energy future for the United States, but major investments are needed before they can play a leading role.

Mon Mar 3

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The Forgotten Fertilizer

When investors think, read, or talk about fertilizers, the topic is most often just nitrogen, with a little potash thrown into the discussion if global unrest dictates. What about phosphates?

Wed Feb 26

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The Future of Ethanol Demand

There are many ways to capitalize on renewable fuels investments, but is ethanol still a viable consideration for renewable energy investors?

Mon Feb 24

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Who Will Follow Chipotle’s Anti-GMO Lead?

Chipotle currently labels all GMO-containing ingredients and has vowed to go GMO-free as soon as it can. What other restaurants have what it takes to follow Chipotle's lead?

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Why Does BMW Have a Heart-Pounding Performance Driving School That Anyone Can Attend?

BMW is marketing a brand synonymous with performance, and the BMW Performance Driving School is the perfect marketing tool for attracting interest from the company's target market.

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