A Natural Sunscreen

A Natural Sunscreen

The UV-blocking properties of microalgae could offer an abundant natural sunscreen alternative that is just as effective say British researchers. According to Carole Llewellyn, Associate Professor of Applied Aquatic Bioscience at Swansea University, “These tiny, microscopic algae that are living in the sea…

Plankton 101

Plankton 101

Shawn McCall takes us on a field trip to collect some plankton, and better understand this important component of the marine ecosystem as well as provider of the oxygen we breathe. This video is a great starting point for the whole family to learn about the role plankton play in our oceans and lives…

Algae Oil Tasting

Algae Oil Tasting

The Doctors, an Emmy award-winning daytime talk show hosted by ER physician Dr. Travis Stork, plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon, OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton, urologist Dr. Jennifer Berman and family medicine physician and sexologist Dr. Rachael Ross, weigh in on the latest cooking oil trend, algae oil…

Astaxanthin Anti-aging

Astaxanthin Anti-aging

Honolulu, Hawaii-based Cardax, Inc. and the University of Hawaii have announced that Cardax’s proprietary astaxanthin compound, CDX-085, demonstrated an almost 90% increase in FOXO3 gene, the so-called “longevity gene,” expression in mice (p=0.024). This research was conducted by UH scientists…

Astaxanthin Production

Astaxanthin Production

Take a tour of Iceland’s Algalif astaxanthin production facility with rigorous quality and sustainability standards, and hear from their staff about the benefits of this powerful antioxident with applications for skin health, anti-aging, muscle endurance/recovery, cardiovascular health and more….

Canned Solar Energy

Canned Solar Energy

Silvia Fluch, biologist and Chief Operating Officer at ecoduna produktions GmbH’s large-scale algae cultivation facility in Austria, provides a TEDx talk calling attention to the cooperative role that algae has performed throughout history with the sun as the primary vehicle to store and transfer solar energy for many valuable and…

AlgaeBioGas Project

AlgaeBioGas Project

KOTO and AlgEn Algal Technology Center, in Slovenia, started the AlgaeBioGas project in 2013. The project is focused to market the introduction of algal-bacterial treatment of biogas digestate and feedstock production, an innovative technology which has significant economic and environmental…

Carbon Negative Biofuel

Carbon Negative Biofuel

Team Aljadix, from Basel, Switzerland, is one of 27 teams moving forward into Round 2 of the competition for the $20M NRG COSIA Carbon XPRIZE. This competition challenges the world to reimagine what we can do with CO2 emissions by incentivizing and accelerating the development of…

New Algae.Tec Plant

New Algae.Tec Plant

Algae.Tec announced the start-up this week of its nutraceutical plant in Cumming, near Atlanta, Georgia. The plant has been substantially upgraded following a $1million investment in June of 2016 by Gencor, in order to increase product flexibility, expand plant capacity and focus on multiple high quality products…

Diatom Dynamics

Diatom Dynamics

With support from the National Science Foundation (NSF), lake ecologist Jasmine Saros and her team from the University of Maine gathered samples of diatoms from the lake waters of southwestern Greenland to study how climate change is affecting this Arctic ecosystem…

TAPP Algae Growth Medium

TAPP Algae Growth Medium

Bendy Estime, a biomedical and chemical engineering Ph.D. candidate at Syracuse University, in Syracuse, New York, has developed a new medium to culture and harvest microalgae. Mr. Estime’s medium, Tris-Acetate-Phosphate-Pluronic or TAPP, can transition from solution to a gel through relatively…

Algae to Filter Water

Algae to Filter Water

A senior at Tucson, Arizona’s Immaculate Heart High School, Amanda Minke’s goal is to find ways to create clean lead-free water for small rural communities around the world. For the Regeneron Science Talent Search competition she developed a device which removes lead-contamination in water by utilizing algae…

Bellevue Algal Research

Bellevue Algal Research

At Bellevue University, in Bellevue, Nebraska, Dr. John Kyndt and his student researchers, Suchita Shrestha and Adam Rawson, discuss their experiments using corn stover and algae to develop biofuel…

SGI-ExxonMobile ’17

SGI-ExxonMobile ’17

Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), the La Jolla, California, synthetic biology startup, and ExxonMobil continue to believe the dream of turning algae into a ubiquitous, affordable and low-emission transportation fuel can become a reality. The two companies announced this week that they are renewing their…

Artificial Skin Research

Artificial Skin Research

Artificial skin, used to treat burn victims and help new skin grow, has been around for decades. But it takes weeks for new blood vessels to grow on the collagen base. Until those new blood vessels can carry oxygen into the new growth site, the skin can’t “breathe” so the area is vulnerable to infection. Voice of America’s…

New Skin from Algae

New Skin from Algae

A university professor in Chile has developed a green-colored artificial skin from algae that can breathe, as Angela Moore of News Today channel reports. The problem with most current artificial skin is that there are no blood vessels — so the man-made skin cannot produce the oxygen it needs to live…

Subitec Photobioreactors

Subitec Photobioreactors

Southern Germany’s Subitec makes and sells photobioreactors to cultivate microalgae. The company is a spin-off of the German research organization, the Fraunhofer Institute. Peter Ripplinger, Subitec’s business manager, demonstrates how algae is grown in their system and discusses the many applications he sees…

Farm Based Algae

Farm Based Algae

The University of Queensland operates an Algae Energy Farm to cultivate and harvest microalgae for a range of uses, including as a feed supplement for beef cattle. Lead researcher Professor Peer Schenk said the farm shows that algae could be grown easily in Australian conditions, leveraging feed and fuel…

Global Algae Innovations

Global Algae Innovations

Focused on designing innovative technology to make algae production more efficient and consistent, Global Algae Innovations’ CEO, Dave Hazlebeck, believes his company is on the path to completely change the way we currently produce both oil and food. “There’s studies that show with algae grown to…

In Praise of Diatoms

In Praise of Diatoms

As you contemplate your holiday decorations, consider diatoms. Algae kaleidoscopes were among the many creatively biological ways that Victorian scientists entertained themselves. Using the end of a piece of hair, they moved tiny diatoms on a slide, arranging them into beautiful, symmetrical patterns…

Austria’s Ecoduna

Austria’s Ecoduna

Ecoduna, a startup based in the foothills of the southern Austrian Alps, has developed a highly efficient production system that can use waste CO2 and seawater to produce large quantities of microalgae. Founded by Martin Mohr and Franz Emminger, the two long-time friends’ company is producing…

Fishing for Algae

Fishing for Algae

Researchers have observed chimpanzees fishing for algae in Bakoun, Guinea, using long branches or twigs as fishing rods to scoop up algae. This video was captured as a part of the Pan African Programme: the Cultured Chimpanzee, launched in 2010 by researchers at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in…

Algae Natural Colorants

Algae Natural Colorants

Life Seacolors is a demonstration by Spain’s Instituto Tecnológico Textil of new natural dyes from algae (micro-, macro- and cyanobacteria) as a substitute for synthetic dyes used in the textile industries. Algae represent a source of natural colorants for the textile industry without the high contamination levels…

Sustainable Aquaculture

Sustainable Aquaculture

Seafood accounts for the largest single source of protein worldwide. With ocean harvesting nearing its limits, sustainable aquaculture is starting to bridge the increasing gap caused by insatiable demand. A family-owned Australian company, Pacific Reef Fisheries, operates a 98 pond grow-out facility that supplies…

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