Student idea for growing algae in space to produce oxygen

Student idea for growing algae in space to produce oxygen

Will Blackler, an Astronautics and Space Engineering MSc student at Cranfield University in England, outlined a system where algae could provide astronauts in the International Space Station (ISS) with oxygen. He submitted his idea to the Airbus annual National Student Space Competition last month and won £200…

17-year-old invents device to clean polluted streams

17-year-old invents device to clean polluted streams

Chris Weller writes for techinsider.io about 17-year-old Paige Brown, of Bangor, Maine, who created a novel way to pull harmful phosphorus from her local streams – an idea that won her the Global Good Prize and $150,000 in college tuition…

Algae compound testing well as cancer fighter

Algae compound testing well as cancer fighter

Coibamide A, a compound produced by a unique community of blue-green algae, has potent anti-cancer activity in mice and cell cultures that model brain tumors and triple negative breast cancer, two of the most aggressive and difficult-to-treat types of cancer, according to a new study…

VMG and TerraVia building algae platform TerraBrands

VMG and TerraVia building algae platform TerraBrands

VMG Partners, a private equity fund focused exclusively on partnering with emerging branded consumer product companies, and TerraVia™ (formerly known as Solazyme), a leader in algae-based food, nutrition and specialty ingredients, have announced the launch of TerraBrands. The new venture combines VMG’s…

Building a solar farm on the Tijuana River

Building a solar farm on the Tijuana River

Carolina A. Miranda writes in the LA Times that Los Angeles has been examining the role its river can play in the city’s greater ecology. Even architect Frank Gehry is involved in a makeover for the L.A. River. In Tijuana, Mexico, however, another architect is devising a plan to turn the Tijuana River channel…

Developing algae to target wastewater contaminants

Developing algae to target wastewater contaminants

Sean Myers reports that University of Calgary researchers have found a way to program algae with bacterial genes to target unwanted chemicals and pharmaceuticals that end up in wastewater. Lee Jackson, scientific director of the Advancing Canadian Wastewater Assets (ACWA) research facility…

Algae + pig manure = feed + biogas

Algae + pig manure = feed + biogas

Sean Murphy writes for ABC News Australia that pig effluent could be used to grow algae or seaweed that is fed back to pigs as part of a closed-loop system for intensive piggeries. Pig manure can also help reduce use of costly fertilizer in the process. Researchers at Murdoch University’s Algae Research and…

Seeing the light — with a little help from algae optogenetics

Seeing the light — with a little help from algae optogenetics

Katherine Bourzac writes in Technology Review that if all goes according to plan, sometime next month a surgeon in Texas will use a needle to inject viruses laden with DNA from light-sensitive algae into the eye of a legally blind person in a trial that could let the patient see again, if only in blurry black-and-white…

TomAlgae and Liqoflux join forces for better shrimp feed

TomAlgae and Liqoflux join forces for better shrimp feed

Nevele, Belgium-based TomAlgae is developing freeze-dried microalgae for feed in shrimp hatcheries. The company has created its own microalgal “cultivar” and manufactures a lyophilized (freeze-dried) product exceptionally rich in omega-3 fatty acids, both EPA and DHA, proteins and vitamins…

Aequorea — printed in 3D from algae and garbage

Aequorea — printed in 3D from algae and garbage

I’m an aquanaut teen. I was born in immersion in 2050 in an underwater farm called “Aequorea” off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. Bio-inspired, the farm draws its name from a bioluminescent, light-emitting jellyfish characterized by its articulated, webbed tentacles. These tentacles enable it to swim…

Coal dust + algae = Coalgae

Coal dust + algae = Coalgae

Heather Dugmore writes for BDlive that a new fuel, Coalgae – produced from a combination of waste coal dust and algae – could save South Africa up to 40% of its crude oil imports. Professor Ben Zeelie and his team at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) combined coal dust with algae to form…

Algae-based implant improves heart function

Algae-based implant improves heart function

Gale Scott reports from the American Heart Association 2015 Scientific Sessions in Orlando, FL that injectable calcium-alginate hydrogel (Algisyl) implants worked better than standard medical therapy for patients with moderate to severe heart failure, researchers said. Douglas Mann, MD, of the Washington University…

GE algae kills cancer cells, saves healthy ones

GE algae kills cancer cells, saves healthy ones

Hannah Osborne writes in the International Business Times that algae has been genetically engineered to kill cancer cells without harming healthy cells. The algae nanoparticles, created by scientists in Australia, were found to kill 90% of cancer cells in cultured human cells. The algae were also successful at killing cancer…

UniVerve production system eyes $50/barrel algal oil

UniVerve production system eyes $50/barrel algal oil

Tel Aviv, Israel-based UniVerve Ltd. has begun scaling-up its technological process for algae cultivation. The oil, which can be extracted with off-the-shelf wet extraction technologies and used as feedstock for all types of biofuels, will be produced for below US$50 per barrel, researchers say. “The heart of our innovative process…

Micro photosynthetic power cells from blue-green algae

Micro photosynthetic power cells from blue-green algae

A team of researchers from the Optical Bio Microsystem lab at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, have invented and developed micro-photosynthetic cell technology that can harness electrical power from the photosynthesis and respiration of blue-green algae. The research into an effective method for…

Algenuity launches Algenious suite of services

Algenuity launches Algenious suite of services

Algenuity launched its Algenious® non-GMO Strain Discovery and Development Suite of services this week at the 2015 Algae Biomass Summit in Washington, D.C. These services, according to Algenuity, are targeted at customers — particularly in the algae food and nutrition markets and open pond algae producers…

Multi-purpose tool developed for cyanobacteria

Multi-purpose tool developed for cyanobacteria

Researchers at Michigan State University have built a molecular super protein tool that streamlines the molecular machinery of cyanobacteria making, they say, biofuels and other green chemical production from these organisms more viable. In the current issue of Plant Cell, they describe how they fabricated a synthetic protein…

Algix & Effekt introduce algae-derived flexible foams

Algix & Effekt introduce algae-derived flexible foams

Meridian, Mississippi-based Algix LLC, a leading producer of algae bio-products, and Effekt LLC, an environmentally minded product and material development company in San Diego, CA, have announced the creation of the world’s first algae-derived flexible foams. Both companies are joining forces in a joint venture entitled…

Producing ethylene from algae

Producing ethylene from algae

Currently made most often from petroleum and natural gas, ethylene is used in the manufacture of plastics and polyester, and ranks as the largest petrochemical produced by volume around the world. But the process of making ethylene requires considerable amounts of energy and releases carbon dioxide…

U. of Stuttgart working on algal nutrition for space flights

U. of Stuttgart working on algal nutrition for space flights

Institute for Space Systems (IRS) researchers at the University of Stuttgart, in Germany, are developing systems to ensure nourishment and oxygen during space missions that may last for years. Jens Bretschneider and his colleagues are coming step by step closer to the optimum space diet…

OriginClear and AlgEternal partner on algal fertilizer

OriginClear and AlgEternal partner on algal fertilizer

OriginClear Inc. and partner AlgEternal have announced that, based on AlgEternal’s field tests, they believe their pure algae concentrate, harvested with OriginClear technology, may reduce conventional fertilizer cost by up to 40 percent. AlgEternal reported these findings following field-testing…

Algal-based anesthetic partnership at Boston Children’s Hospital

Algal-based anesthetic partnership at Boston Children’s Hospital

Grünenthal Group, an international, family-owned pharmaceutical company, Proteus S.A. and Boston Children’s Hospital have announced a collaboration around developing neosaxitoxin, a novel anesthetic for local anesthesia and post-operative pain management. The deal includes up to $85…

A new “fingerprinting” identification tool for algae

A new “fingerprinting” identification tool for algae

Scientists at Newcastle University and the Scottish Association for Marine Science have developed a new identification tool for algae, which could have a major impact on how algae are categorized in the future. In the same way that people can be recognized by their fingerprints, the algae’s proteome is now being used as…

New methods for genetically engineering diatoms

New methods for genetically engineering diatoms

Scientists from the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), a not-for-profit genomic research organization in La Jolla, California, have published a paper outlining new synthetic biology methods to manipulate diatoms. The paper titled, “Designer diatom episomes delivered by conjugation,” was published April 21st in Nature Communications…

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