Marine Microalgae MAGIC

Marine Microalgae MAGIC

Duke Marine Lab’s Zackary Johnson leads the Marine Algae Industrialization Consortium (MAGIC) and is on the forefront of research into finding a sustainable source of food and fuel for Earth’s growing population…

Desert vs. Aquatic Algae

Desert vs. Aquatic Algae

Stephanie M. McPherson writes about researchers at the University of Chicago’s Marine Biological Laboratory who have described a new genetic model to study why some algal species survive extreme drought, while others desiccate and die? In a paper published in Journal of Cell Science, major reproductive differences…

Use Kelp as Fertilizer

Use Kelp as Fertilizer

The Smiling Gardner demonstrates how to use kelp as a mulch and fertilizer…

Treating OK Wastewater

Treating OK Wastewater

Sunup’s ultimate goal is to clean up wastewater in Oklahoma to a level that it can be recycled or reused for crop irrigation. See how they do it…

Pond’s Steven Martin

Pond’s Steven Martin

James West’s MidasLetter talks with Pond Technologies Holdings’ CEO Steven Martin about the Markham, Ontario, Canada company’s proprietary technology where they grow algae to feed on toxins such as gas emissions from smoke stacks. They discuss everything from the multitude of product platforms of algae…

Improving Crop Yields

Improving Crop Yields

Jim Drury reports for Reuters in India on how green algae could have a positive role in improving crop yields…

Generating Electricity

Generating Electricity

Researchers have developed an algae-powered fuel cell that is self-repairing, self-replicating, biodegradable and much more sustainable than existing models of plant-based electricity sourcing. Faith Lapidus of VOA News has details about the development work being done at Cambridge University….

Astaxanthin Production

Astaxanthin Production

Take a tour of astaxanthin production at Supreme Biotechnologies in New Zealand, made from their unique strain of Haemotococcus pluvialis…

Spirulina Fudge Recipe

Spirulina Fudge Recipe

OK, so as the winter drags on don’t you sometimes feel that you need a chocolate reward? Here’s a recipe that will make you feel good about yourself as well, with a quick, tasty, easy to make, healthy chocolate mint spirulina fudge, courtesy of the folks at Nest and Glow. Enjoy!

Protein-Rich Algae

Protein-Rich Algae

Fighting hunger around the globe is uniquely challenging. It’s not just getting the food to those who need it. It includes growing, or in the case of protein, raising the food that will feed the hungry. A group of California researchers may have an answer to the protein problem. VOA’s Kevin Enochs reports…

Understanding Diatoms

Understanding Diatoms

MooMoo Math and Science provides a primer on Diatoms, a major group of algae that are among the most common types of phytoplankton, and a primary contributor to the air we breathe — a nice introduction for early-on algae fans…

LLNL’s Algae Research

LLNL’s Algae Research

The Department of Energy announced this week that they have awarded Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) a three-year, $1.5 million grant to improve the growth and efficiency of biofuel-producing algae through the alteration of their microbiomes. The work, which is led at LLNL by Xavier Mayali and Ty Samo in the Physics…

Algae Chocolate Bar

Algae Chocolate Bar

Meet the people at Algae Factory, in Wageningen, Netherlands, who are using spirulina packaged into a chocolate bar to give the world a healthier sweet tooth…

Algae-powered Fuel Cells

Algae-powered Fuel Cells

A new design of algae-powered fuel cells that is five times more efficient than existing plant and algal models, as well as being potentially more cost-effective to produce and practical to use, has been developed by researchers at the University of Cambridge. While algae-powered fuel cells are unlikely to generate enough electricity to power a grid system…

From Emissions to Algae

From Emissions to Algae

How can the construction industry do its share to reduce the emission of greenhouse gases connected to global warming? In the urgent search for answers, Votorantim Cimentos and Pond Technologies are taking part in a cutting edge project that reveals how carbon dioxide waste can be tapped to reduce emissions, while fueling the production of valuable raw materials…

Techno-Economics

Techno-Economics

Corinne Scown, JBEI’s Director of Techno-Economic Analysis (TEA), discusses the challenges of creating biofuels and how the TEA team addresses such challenges by using technoeconomic and environmental modeling during the early stages of JBEI’s research…

Treating Human Diseases

Treating Human Diseases

The increasing research into marine algae is making great inroads into the treatment of human diseases. This project won the Medical Innovation Award at this year’s Cardiff University Innovation and Impact Awards…

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…

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