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05

Mar

What’s causing Canada’s ‘rock snot’ infestation?Thick and extensive blooms of this particular algae are known to affect the structure and function of river ecosystems.

What’s causing Canada’s ‘rock snot’ infestation?
Thick and extensive blooms of this particular algae are known to affect the structure and function of river ecosystems.

19

Nov

Arctic algae ‘tree rings’ reveal record of climate changeAlgae fills an important gap in the climate record as sediment and ice cores may only provide a record for every 100 years.

Arctic algae ‘tree rings’ reveal record of climate change
Algae fills an important gap in the climate record as sediment and ice cores may only provide a record for every 100 years.

24

Sep

Massive eruption launched slimy algae army into the skyThe algae look like little petri dishes or footballs, depending on the species, and spend most of their lives drifting on water currents.

Massive eruption launched slimy algae army into the sky
The algae look like little petri dishes or footballs, depending on the species, and spend most of their lives drifting on water currents.

06

Sep

While most algae are small — microscopic even — when they swarm they are among nature’s grandest spectacles. To prove it, here’s our list of some of the world’s most wondrous, colorful, bizarre (and occasionally dangerous) algal blooms.5 bizarre algal blooms

While most algae are small — microscopic even — when they swarm they are among nature’s grandest spectacles. To prove it, here’s our list of some of the world’s most wondrous, colorful, bizarre (and occasionally dangerous) algal blooms.
5 bizarre algal blooms

07

Aug

As sea ice melts, algae thrives on Antarctic seafloorAs sea ice melts at the poles, increasingly more sunlight hits the seafloor, allowing algae to thrive in ecosystems once dominated by invertebrates.

As sea ice melts, algae thrives on Antarctic seafloor
As sea ice melts at the poles, increasingly more sunlight hits the seafloor, allowing algae to thrive in ecosystems once dominated by invertebrates.

08

May

Sensors to monitor red tide off coast of Maine
The devices are on the look out for two particular types of algae that can cause death in humans if consumed.

Sensors to monitor red tide off coast of Maine

The devices are on the look out for two particular types of algae that can cause death in humans if consumed.

02

Apr

Why Lake Erie is under attack from algae blooms
In the summer of 2011, western Lake Erie turned a noxious green, as a massive algae bloom coated the surface and lapped up in mats along the shore.

Why Lake Erie is under attack from algae blooms

In the summer of 2011, western Lake Erie turned a noxious green, as a massive algae bloom coated the surface and lapped up in mats along the shore.

19

Mar

Why microalgae is the future of green energy
What’s a problem in backyard pools could be a solution to reducing greenhouse gases through algae streetlights and algae biodiesel.

Why microalgae is the future of green energy

What’s a problem in backyard pools could be a solution to reducing greenhouse gases through algae streetlights and algae biodiesel.

13

Jan


 Jelloware: Chug n’ toss (or munch) 



Have your cocktail and eat it too with Jelloware, a line of colorful, biodegradable cups made from an algae-derived gelatin substitute.
Have your cocktail and eat it too with Jelloware, a line of colorful, biodegradable cups made from an algae-derived gelatin substitute.

02

Nov

Will San Diego’s tides glow blue again this year?Bioluminescent algae caused California’s ocean waters to brightly glow last year. Will the phenomenon repeat itself?

Will San Diego’s tides glow blue again this year?
Bioluminescent algae caused California’s ocean waters to brightly glow last year. Will the phenomenon repeat itself?