Can algae clean up mine water?

Can algae clean up mine water?

Western Morning News reports that Westcountry scientists in the U.K. are using algae to develop an innovative new method of cleaning up contaminated mine water while harvesting valuable resources in the process. Research teams from universities in Exeter, Bristol, Bath and Cardiff are piloting the technique…

Testing brown algae to strengthen hearts after attack

Testing brown algae to strengthen hearts after attack

Nicole Kwan reports for FOXNews.com that clinical researchers at Stony Brook Medicine’s Heart Institute, in Stony Brook, NY, are part of the “Preservation” clinical trial, a study to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of bioabsorbable cardiac matrix (BCM) in preventing further heart failure in patients who…

Sugar Kelp a biofuel target in Scandinavia

Sugar Kelp a biofuel target in Scandinavia

William Tucker writes in fullfreedom.org about the lure the oceans have for advocates of biofuel, particularly in Scandinavia. “Two-thirds of the globe is covered with water,” says Khanh-Quang Tran, a Norwegian researcher who has published papers on the possibility of growing algae as a biofuel on an industrial basis…

Texas Biotech program inspires high school science students

Texas Biotech program inspires high school science students

Stephanie Buckner writes in the Cleveland Advocate that Splendora High School, in Cleveland, Ohio, is conducting a cutting edge program, funded with help of a grant approximately three years ago, that allows students the opportunity to raise algae, as well as differing forms of bacteria, for biofuels, pharmaceuticals…

Inhabitat’s “Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs”

Inhabitat’s “Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs”

Algae has so many identities, powers and mysteries no wonder it has sparked imaginations in so many directions. In an inspired quest, Taz Loomans at inhabitat.com has gathered what she claims to be…

Algal biofuels for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Algal biofuels for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Keikuke Katori writes in the Asahi Shimbun that airlines, universities and other organizations have started an initiative to produce and supply biofuels in Japan, with a target of having commercial flights using such…

Antibacterial material made with algae

Antibacterial material made with algae

Consumers concerned about the safety of silver ions in antibacterial and odor-free clothing will soon have a proven safe alternative thanks to ultra-thin thread and a substance found naturally in red algaes…

Brown algae may inhibit HIV infection

Brown algae may inhibit HIV infection

Biplab Das reports in NatureAsia.com that a research team has found aqueous extracts of the marine brown algae Lobophoro variegate that can inhibit the replication of human immunodeficiency virus…

New method for producing methane from algae

New method for producing methane from algae

Researchers at the Paul Scherer Institute (PSI) in Wädenswil, Switzerland, have succeeded in producing energy-rich gas from microalgae, and in doing so have demonstrated that this new method is technically…

USU races cars on algae/safflower biofuel blend

USU races cars on algae/safflower biofuel blend

Michael Anderson reports for Deseret News that Utah State University (USU) researchers used the Bonneville Salt Flats Monday, Sept. 8, 2014, to show how well a car fueled with 20 percent biofuel made of algae…

Growing microalgae in a building’s walls

Growing microalgae in a building’s walls

Helen Tunnicliffe writes in tcetoday.com about Jeremy Pruvost and his team at the University of Nantes, in France, exploring means of growing algae in vertical panels on the facades of buildings. The researchers…

Developing efficient hydrogen production from algae

Developing efficient hydrogen production from algae

Microalgae need only sunlight and water for the production of hydrogen. However, in order to make hydrogen production by microalgae economically feasible their efficiency has to be increased…

Photographs rendered in algae

Photographs rendered in algae

Artist Lia Giraud has created by cultivating a hybrid agricultural and photographic process to create astoundingly detailed images rendered in living algae that he calls “algae-graphs.” Like traditional photography, Giraurd’s process…

Beach reading — algae style

Beach reading — algae style

In Charles Bensinger’s new book, Radical Option, humanity, as well as nature itself, is faced with an impending crisis, as average temperatures on the planet climb to the point of mass migration and potential extinction…

Algae as chemical raw materials

Algae as chemical raw materials

Chemists and biologists at Germany’s University of Konstanz have succeeded in transforming algae oil into high-quality chemical raw materials via isomerizing alkoxycarbonylation. This provides the foundation for the use…

NSW looks toward aquatic cultivation

NSW looks toward aquatic cultivation

Jamie Radford writes in the Illawarra Mercury that Pia Winberg, from the University of Wollongong, believes that the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia (NSW) is in an ideal position to become a world leader in aquatic…

Algae’s excellent opportunity for bakers

Algae’s excellent opportunity for bakers

Food analyst Pinar Hosafci writes in euromonitor.com that while seaweed is an important food source, especially in Asia, its use in baked goods is unheard of. With the recent discovery of brown algae…

Ames Lab creates nanoparticles for cheaper, cleaner biofuel

Ames Lab creates nanoparticles for cheaper, cleaner biofuel

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory have developed a nanoparticle that is able to perform two processing functions at once for the production of green diesel, an alternative fuel created…

Another algae application: greeting cards

Another algae application: greeting cards

Rachel Estabrook reports for Colorado Public Radio about a new company creating greeting cards using algal ink, enabling the card to reveal different messages over several days…

Valicor and U-M collaborate on research and employment

Valicor and U-M collaborate on research and employment

The collaboration in the last several years between Valicor Inc. and the University of Michigan College of Engineering illustrates how innovative programs can keep recent graduates working harmoniously…

Macroalgae as stockfeed source, methane reducer

Macroalgae as stockfeed source, methane reducer

Jon Condon writes in BeefCentral.com that Australian researchers working on the potential production and use of algae as both a feed source and a means of reducing livestock methane emissions have filed a patent…

Algae to take center stage at EXPO Milano 2015

Algae to take center stage at EXPO Milano 2015

Algae is being discussed at the heart of EXPO Milano 2015, the international event that has existed since 1851, spawning world shaping themes and icons, such as the Eiffel Tower, built for the 1889 version…

Swedish algae licorice — black is the new green

Swedish algae licorice — black is the new green

During the annual Licorice Festival in Stockholm, Sweden, artisan licorice manufacturer Kolsvart (“pitch black”) presented their novel flavor to the festival’s 10,000 visitors: “Lakrits Alg.” Lakrits Alg is made…

Algae gin – it had to happen

Algae gin – it had to happen

Mike Smallcombe reports in the Cornish Guardian that a Wales-based distillery has released a gin made using algae from the Newquay coast. Bottled at 42% alcohol by volume, Dà Mhìle Seaweed Gin has a slight saltiness and a greenish hue and is well-suited to cooking…

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