They hope to create a genetically engineered yeast to produce a hydrocarbon replacement.
The ants use scent chemicals called cuticular hydrocarbons.
Over the roar of the engine and in a bluish haze of hydrocarbons I listened to her in numb discomfort, praying for the purity of the beach.
William Styron -- Sophie’s Choice
It was a terrible thing to see, so close, so low, packed with chlorides, benzines, phenols, hydrocarbons, or whatever the precise toxic content.
Don DeLillo -- White Noise
The arguments and counter-arguments were complex, but boiled down to a simple substrate: whenever a worker would announce that he had found a fossil, or a proteinaceous hydrocarbon, or other indication of life within a meteorite, the critics would claim sloppy lab technique and contamination with earth-origin matter and organisms.
Michael Crichton -- The Andromeda Strain
A lot about Bujumbura felt familiar, common to the capitals of impoverished countries: the potholes, the dust and noise, the hydrocarbon haze, the close calls between pedestrians and vehicles traveling too fast — "If you drove like this in the States, you would lose your license," Deo said.
Tracy Kidder -- Strength in What Remains
In the gloomy air of daytime Lima—the sun filtering down through thin fog from the Pacific, then through the perpetual ground-level strata of dust and hydrocarbons—I stood outside Socios headquarters and looked up toward Carabayllo’s hills and realized that the lights I’d seen the night before were mounted on highway-style pylons, towering over one- and two-room shacks.
Tracy Kidder -- Mountains Beyond Mountains
"Unless it’s hydrocarbon it doesn’t do me much good," Tyler said.
John Ringo -- Live Free or Die
They strip the hydrogen from some of it (releasing the oxygen) and use it to make the complex hydrocarbons that are the plant itself.
Andy Weir -- The Martian
Sherman Alexie -- The Absolutlely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
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But food, by its very nature, contained flammable hydrocarbons.