Scientists in Pozzuoli are dismayed over the lack of funding for their project to explore the energy-producing potential of the bacteria known as thermotoga neapolitana, a thermophile organism that digests organic waste and converts it into hydrogen gas. The head of the project said, "Without funding we can make no progress, and our researchers are just going to go off and work elsewhere. It's a shame."Then the article could have filled in some of the science: Thermophile means heat-loving and describes organisms that thrive at the great temperatures at sea-floor vents and the many thermal vents in Pozzuoli, such as the Solfatara, etc. etc. Then follow with a description of the small research facility in Pozzuoli and the fact that funding was cut off in 2008! The good news is that maybe some European funding is in the works. Certainly, some emphasis should be on the enormous gap between a working table-top proof-of-principle model and a facility that turns garbage into gas on an industrial scale. But, no, the article told us how wondrous this discovery is without mentioning that journal papers on thermotoga neapolitana go back to the early 1990s. Then, it got side-tracked into mentioning that the fumes of Solfatara also function as a natural Viagra. (That's good news for all those bacteria looking for love!) "What a shame" was at the end of the article. That's called "burying the lead."
[update: 2019. The Nug website is currently "suspended". Sorry.]