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Algae News

A virus found in lakes may be literally changing the way people think

While conducting a totally separate experiment, a group of scientists from Johns Hopkins and the University of Nebraska accidentally discovered something unexpected and potentially disturbing.

Switching algae on and off may help with cancer and biofuels

Scientists have found a way to switch certain cells on and off – a type of “cellular snooze button”. Knowing this could potentially help researchers improve biofuel production and cancer detection.

Hot spring bacteria use red light for growth

Scientists have long been puzzled how bacteria grow in the near darkness of hot springs. It transpires that the bacteria can harness small quantities of red light from the little sunlight that permeates the depths.

Ohio under 'State of Emergency' Toledo's water contaminated

Toledo - About 2 a.m. Saturday morning, officials in Toledo, Ohio issued a "do not drink" warning, declaring the city's water supply contaminated with the toxin microcystin. Ohio Gov. John Kasich declared a State of Emergency, allowing water to be brought in.

Norway experiments with fish food made from carbon dioxide

Oslo - Norwegian scientists are to carry out an experiment where captured carbon dioxide is turned into food, in form of algae, for farmed fish.

Urban Algae Canopy produces a forest's worth of oxygen

London - A London based architecture firm is combining algae with their buildings to produce more oxygen. It is a combination of architecture, biology, and technology that will be unveiled at Expo 2015.

The rise of 'rock snot', a mysterious algae

Dartmouth - An increasingly common algal growth dubbed 'rock snot', found in rivers the world over, is caused by changing environmental conditions.

Efficient way of making raw ingredient for biofuel Special

Biochemists have begun building a one-hectare pilot unit for the production of microalgae in Portugal. The aim is to produce microalgae biomass for biodiesel production in a sustainable manner.

Algae converted to crude oil in less than one hour

Scientists have replicated the process whereby fossil fuels were created. Instead of this taking several millennia the process has been completed in under sixty minutes.

Tricking algae into making biofuels

Scientists have found a way to manipulate the internal clock of algae into thinking it is permanent daylight. This technique could lead to increased biofuel production.

Warming climate is helping to spread toxic algae on Lake Erie

Toledo - A warming climate, coupled with questionable soil management practices, has created ideal conditions for an explosion of toxic blue-green algae growth on Lake Erie. Alarm sirens blare as government officials work to find a solution to the algae problem.

Climate change impacts on the oceanic food chain

Climate change appears to be affecting the starting point of the ocean’s food chain. Changing climate is affecting the types of microscopic organisms found in the seas, with potential consequences for marine life and human health.

Massive algae bloom attracting beach-goers in Qingdao, China

Qingdao - Coastal areas of the Yellow Sea, located between the coast of China and the Korean peninsula, are now green as a result of the extraordinary proliferation of algae in the water. The excessive algal growth may be caused by industrial pollutants.

Project underway to create plastics from algae

A new type of bioplastic could be produced from algae. Technologists are considering whether such a plastic can be manufactured on an industrial scale.

Algae engineered to create richer biofuels

Chemists based at the University of California, Davis, have found several compounds that can boost oil production by green microscopic algae, a potential source of biodiesel.

Green biodiesel possibility

Scientists have successfully engineered two strains of blue-green algae like bacteria (cyanobacteria) to produce a liquid fuel. The fuel is being declared as an environmentally friendly alternative to fossil fuels.

Orlando residents sickened by blue green algae bloom

Orlando - Officials in the Lake Buchanan area of Orlando, Florida are investigating whether a potentially toxic algae bloom is making residents in the area sick.

New malaria vaccine made from algae

San Diego - Malaria is a major disease worldwide affecting billions of people. Until now no vaccine could be produced inexpensively on a mass scale. In a significant step forwards, a new, inexpensive vaccine has been trialled using algae.

Ocean color affects hurricane formation

A study in Asia has confirmed a direct link between ocean coloring and hurricane formation. The color difference is created by green algae. These microscopic plants are present in millions of tons, and their presence in the water affects wind patterns.

Algae biodiesel, fuel of the future, a no go says USDA chemist

A chemist based with the United States Department of Agriculture gave algae-based biofuels a failing grade recently when he reviewed the oil as an energy source, reported SciDevnet.

Limitless energy: Algae photosynthesis creates hydrogen fuel

Plants created the hydrocarbons which are polluting the world. Now they’re about to provide the hydrogen, without the carbons. Scientists have duplicated the photosynthetic processes of algae.

Artificial Trees Could Capture CO2, Help Climate

Under proposals put forward by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, giant synthetic trees could be developed to collect and store CO2 from the atmosphere.

ExxonMobil, DNA pioneer Hook Up To Cook Up Algae Biofuel

Add a top gun DNA scientist, an oil giant and algae and wadda get? A new process from genome scientist J. Craig Venter, funded by ExxonMobile to

Venice To Get Half Its Electricity From Algae By 2011

The city of Venice hopes to get at least 50 per cent of electricity from renewable sources by the year 2011. It plans to use algae to generate electricity.

Microscopic Algae Provide Global Climate Feedback

Tiny creatures at the bottom of the food chain called diatoms suck up nearly a quarter of the atmosphere’s carbon dioxide.

Blooming Algae on Continental West Coast Worries Officials

Not all blooming algae is hazardous to the health of humans, marine life or the environment, but toxic algae is a concern for officials on the west coast of North America.

Scientists Discover 'Hot Spot' for Toxic Harmful Algal Blooms

A new study funded by NOAA and the National Science Foundation reveals that a part of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, is a potential “hot spot” for toxic harmful algal blooms

Seaweed Promoted as an Alternative Energy Source

In the very near future, seaweed and algae might be harvested in order to provide society with alternative energy sources.

Israeli scientists can find water pollution by listening to plants

Scientists in Israel can detect the water pollution levels and health of plants just by listening to how the plants respond in water.

New Indicator Can Predict Coral Health

A new indicator of coral health has been discovered in a community of microscopic single-celled algae called dinoflagellates.
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Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (green algae)
Chlamydomonas reinhardtii (green algae)
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Toxic algae forms on the surface of a pond
Toxic algae forms on the surface of a pond
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Chlamydomonas reinhardtii  genetically modified to show different colors.
Chlamydomonas reinhardtii, genetically modified to show different colors.
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Algae found floating in Orlando  Florida s Lake Buchanan.
Algae found floating in Orlando, Florida's Lake Buchanan.
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Dead dry didymo (Didymosphenia geminata) beside the Mararoa River in the Southland Region of New Zea...
Dead dry didymo (Didymosphenia geminata) beside the Mararoa River in the Southland Region of New Zealand
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Green algae
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Two-toed tree sloth  Megalonychidae: Choloepus hoffmanni
Two-toed tree sloth, Megalonychidae: Choloepus hoffmanni
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