Algae 101: Part 50

Algae 101: Part 50

Farm policies drive food production. Farm policies endow government-sponsored research to Land Grant Universities, extension service agents, subsidies, and food support for the hungry. The USDA manages the $20 billion…

UCSD Chemists Develop Protein Reverse Tagging Method

UCSD Chemists Develop Protein Reverse Tagging Method

Chemists at UC San Diego have developed a method that for the first time provides scientists the ability to attach chemical probes onto proteins and subsequently remove them in a repeatable cycle…

Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 1

Scalable Algae Microfarms: Part 1

Over the past 40 years, worldwide algae companies have produced high value food and feed products, supplements and nutraceuticals. More recently, well-funded ventures are attempting to develop commercial…

NASA’s OMEGA Program at a Crossroads

NASA’s OMEGA Program at a Crossroads

Biofuels are my passion, but they have had rather bad press, from complaints about displacing food production to the inefficiency of soybeans and the carbon footprint of ethanol. Microalgae have a low profile…

Algae 101: Part 49

Algae 101: Part 49

Modern societies are built around cheap energy that has been extracted for about 150 years. Our food, shelter, transportation and lifestyles consume massive amounts of fossil fuels. Globally, peak oil occurred in 2008 even…