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Assessing the ‘health’ of rivers using DNA analysis

How healthy is a river? One answer is to assess the biodiversity of the waterway. This involves assessing the biodiversity. Current methods involve multiple testing, assessing microscopic marine life. A new method has been proposed based on DNA.

Genetically engineered algae kill cancer cells

In studies, genetically engineered algae have been shown to kill 90 percent of cancer cells without harming healthy ones.

Ancient Atlantic algae provides part of climate change jig-saw

Aarhus - Analysis of ancient sea sediments by researchers based in Denmark demonstrates that the Sun’s impact on Earth’s climate isn’t constant over time but affects climate more when the Earth is cooler.

New 'ghost particle' may prove aliens exist, say researchers

An oddly shaped microscopic structure has been found in the outer reaches of the Earth's atmosphere, say scientists from Sheffield University, who claim that this could be proof of alien life!

Video: Marvellous arrangements of single-cell aquatic organisms

Diatom specialist Klaus Kemp arranges unicellular algae into complex patterns only visible under magnification.The technique dating from the Victorian era mixes science and art to reveal the astounding beauty of some of the smallest organisms on Earth.
 

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Chaetoceros sp.
Chaetoceros sp.
Under the microscope: a circle of diatoms on a slide.
Under the microscope: a circle of diatoms on a slide.
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Diploneis sp.
Diploneis sp.

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