Space Algae Research

NASA scientist and astronauts have been experimenting with algae in space. Two specimens recently spent 16 months on the exterior of the International Space Station and became the first plants to make it through these conditions. The researchers are exploring the genetic basis for…

NASA’s OMEGA Program at a Crossroads

Biofuels are my passion, but they have had rather bad press, from complaints about displacing food production to the inefficiency of soybeans and the carbon footprint of ethanol. Microalgae have a low profile…

Algae 101: Part 37

NASA and DARPA sponsored the 100-year Starship Symposium in Orlando to develop a viable and sustainable model for persistent, long-term, private-sector investment into the myriad disciplines needed to make long-distance space travel…

AIM Interview: NASA’s OMEGA Scientist, Dr. Jonathan Trent

NASA scientist – the inventor, heart, and soul of the OMEGA system (Offshore Membrane Enclosures for Growing Algae) – Dr. Jonathan Trent received his PhD in biological oceanography at Scripps Institution…