Scotland’s ASLEE Project

Scotland’s ASLEE Project

The Atlantic coast of Scotland has some of the best renewable energy generation potential in Europe, but developments are being compromised by grid constraints. This is severely hindering economic development in some of their most vulnerable communities. New uses for electricity in areas that are currently grid constrained…

Space 10 Algae Pavilion

Space 10 Algae Pavilion

This week’s installment of the Dezeen x MINI Living video series explores an algae-producing pavilion by research lab Space10, which demonstrates how buildings could help feed urban populations sustainably in the future. Presented at the annual Chart Art Fair in Copenhagen, Space10’s Algae Dome comprised a four-meter-high wooden structure…

Magnetic Algal Robots

Magnetic Algal Robots

For decades, engineers have been trying to build medical robots that can deliver drugs or do surgery inside the human body—a somewhat less fantastic version of the 1966 sci-fi film Fantastic Voyage. Now, scientists have manipulated spirulina to travel through people in response to magnetic signals. The biohybrid robot could one day carry drugs…

Algae to Hydrogen

Algae to Hydrogen

Professor Azizi Miskon, Director of the Center for Research and Innovation Management in the Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the National Defence University of Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur, has come up with a solution for making hydrogen from algae. Interviewed by Leo Siemann…

Testing Your Spirulina

Testing Your Spirulina

This video shows how to test your spirulina under a microscope and what to look when testing the contamination of your culture…

CRISPR Gene Editing

CRISPR Gene Editing

A new technology has changed the game in genetics, bringing about new and exciting, and perhaps dangerous, possibilities for genetic research and development. In this video, famed scientist Neil dsGrasse Tyson shares his views on the powerful tool and how it offers a huge upside to mankind if used wisely…

Cyanobacteria Bioplastic

Cyanobacteria Bioplastic

At Michigan State University Taylor Weiss, a former post-doc in the Ducat lab, along with his associates, have published a study in the journal Metabolic Engineering proposing a new production method for bioplastic — powered by sunlight and cyanobacteria — that could significantly cut costs…

AlgaFarm Revisited

AlgaFarm Revisited

Allmicroalgae (owned by the Portuguese cement group, Secil), has recently started production of Chlorella vulgaris and other microalgae species via fermentation, which complements the company’s existing photobioreactor capacity at the production unit, Algafarm, at Pataias – Portugal…

Bioethanol Production

Bioethanol Production

Check out the story of the seven-year Algae for Future (A4F) European collaborative to generate direct ethanol from microalgae at commercial scale…

Predicting Toxic Algae

Predicting Toxic Algae

Detroit Public TV shares a video in which Dr. Timothy Davis, with the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, explains how he’s working to predict if and when an algal bloom will become toxic…

Know Your Diatoms

Know Your Diatoms

Diatoms are a major group of algae and are among the most common types of phytoplankton. Diatoms are unicellular organism, although they can form colonies. They have cell walls made of glass. Diatoms belong to the kingdom Protista. There are at least 100,000 species of diatoms that have been discovered…

UT Algae Research

UT Algae Research

Toledo, Ohio, has certainly seen its share of unwanted algae over the past years. Now, a new research program is looking toward the potential of turning that algae into useful products. The University of Toledo was recently awarded nearly $2.4 million by the United States Department of Energy to develop a way…

The Algae Dome

The Algae Dome

IKEA’s external future-living lab SPACE10 presented at this year’s CHART art fair 2017 in Copenhagen a four-meter-high pavilion, that not only provides a unique spatial experience for visitors, but also employs a running photo-bioreactor to grow algae. The aim is to give people a taste of what could be a superfood of the future…

Feeding the Planet

Feeding the Planet

Genetically engineered microalgae could become an important food of the future, and scientists at UC San Diego have taken a step closer to that reality with an outdoor field trial approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The scientists inserted two genes into the algae — one a fluorescent…

Survival Biofuel DIY

Survival Biofuel DIY

All we can tell you about this one is that it is a Survival Chemistry Project by a Villanova College student on the topic “Help! I’m stuck on this island and my diesel fuel boat has run out of fuel. How can I make some more with this algae?”…

The Rise of Algae

The Rise of Algae

Research led by The Australian National University (ANU) has solved the mystery of how the first animals appeared on Earth, a pivotal moment for the planet without which humans would not exist…

Testing Your Spirulina

Testing Your Spirulina

This video, put out by Spirulina Project, shows how to test your spirulina under a microscope and what you should be looking for to check the contamination of your culture…

Reishi & Spirulina

Reishi & Spirulina

A small-scale grower demonstrates the symbiotic relationship between microalgae and mushrooms…

Chlorella vs. Spirulina

Chlorella vs. Spirulina

Bob McCauley, a naturopathic doctor, Master Herbalist and a Certified Nutritional Consultant who sells chlorella and spirulina on his web blog, addresses a common question among his clientele: spirulina or chlorella — which is the way to go? “The most powerful foods on earth are Spirulina Plantensis and Chlorella Pyrenoidosa…

Nature’s Own Sunscreen

Nature’s Own Sunscreen

Growing algae to harvest nature’s own sunscreen could replace synthetic varieties, sometimes blamed for adverse effects on human skin. “These tiny, microscopic algae that are living in the sea protect themselves against the harsh sun rays and they do this by producing a suite of compounds that have very…

Ultrasonic Algae Control

Ultrasonic Algae Control

Designed to be an environmentally friendly long-term solution for addressing algal blooms, while maintaining a healthy ecosystem, LG Sonic’s MPC-Buoy reduces algae up to 90% in lakes and reservoirs. The MPC-Buoy combines online water quality monitoring and ultrasound technology to provide an algae…

One for the Kids

One for the Kids

Natural product, nutrition and biotechnology industry consultant Dr. Mark JS Miller, dives into the science behind nutritional supplements. In this installment, Dr. Miller breaks down astaxanthin, the powerful and increasingly popular antioxidant made from microalgae…

Spirulina Solution

Spirulina Solution

“Africa 2030” is a grassroots organization, established in 2014, in Israel. Its members include an international group of people — African and non-African – who care deeply about Africa’s future and want to help both people and wildlife, which the organization sees as interconnected. The organizers believe there is only one long-term…

SGI/Exxon’s Advancement

SGI/Exxon’s Advancement

San Diego-based Synthetic Genomics and oil giant Exxon Mobil announced earlier this week that they have created a genetically modified strain of algae that takes a step closer to making renewable, carbon-neutral fuel grown in algae ponds a reality…

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