Algae to crude oil: Million-year natural process takes minutes in the lab
Engineers have created a continuous chemical process that produces useful crude oil minutes after they pour in harvested algae – a verdant green paste with the consistency of pea soup.
Container rethink: Ooho team cooks up water holder
Smithsonian scientists solve 'sudden death at sea' mystery
Mass strandings of whales have puzzled people since Aristotle. Modern-day strandings can be investigated and their causes, often human-related, identified. Events that happened millions of years ago, however, ...
Glimpse into the future of acidic oceans shows ecosystems transformed
Ocean acidification may create an impact similar to extinction on marine ecosystems, according to a study released today by the University of California, Davis.
China hit by largest-ever algae bloom
The seas off China have been hit by their largest ever growth of algae, ocean officials said, with vast waves of green growth washing onto the shores of the Yellow Sea.
Global cooling as significant as global warming, research shows
A "cold snap" 116 million years ago triggered a similar marine ecosystem crisis to those witnessed in the past as a result of global warming, according to research published today in Nature Geoscience.
Lethal parasite evolved from pond scum
A genomic investigation by University of British Columbia researchers has revealed that a lethal parasite infecting a wide range of insects actually originated from pond scum, but has completely shed its ...
On a clear day: Noise-induced quantum coherence increases photosynthetic yield
Biofuel breakthrough: Quick cook method turns algae into oil (w/ Video)
(Phys.org)—It looks like Mother Nature was wasting her time with a multimillion-year process to produce crude oil. Michigan Engineering researchers can "pressure-cook" algae for as little as a minute and transform an unprecedented ...
Lowest temperature for life discovered
Scientists have pinpointed the lowest temperature at which simple life can live and grow.
'Survival of the fattest': Promising developments for oil production from algae
Algae are interesting candidates for the large-scale production of biodiesel. Researchers at TU Delft have developed a clever way of finding the fattest and therefore the most suitable examples among all the many species ...
How to thrive in battery acid and among toxic metals
In the movie Alien, the title character is an extraterrestrial creature that can survive brutal heat and resist the effects of toxins.
Algae biofuel cuts CO2 emissions more than 50 percent compared to petroleum fuels
Algae-derived biofuel can reduce life cycle CO2 emissions by 50 to 70 percent compared to petroleum fuels, and is approaching a similar Energy Return on Investment (EROI) as conventional petroleum according to a new peer-reviewed ...
Underwater 'tree rings': Calcite crusts of arctic algae record 650 years of sea ice change
Almost 650 years of annual change in sea-ice cover can been seen in the calcite crust growth layers of seafloor algae, says a new study from the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM).