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This Photosynthetic Algae Roof Filters The Neighbourhood Air

Let’s take rooftop farming to a whole new level — a microscopic level. Unveiled at Expo Milan this week, the Urban Algae Canopy is a living, breathing alternative to our inert roofs and facades. Could algae be the next hip trend in urban agriculture?


Scientists Created Crude Oil From Algae In Mere Minutes

Be excited, Earthlings, because science has a surprise for you. Engineers at the US Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory have devised a way to turn algae into crude oil in less than an hour. That oil can then be refined into gasoline that can run engines.


Making A Stunning, Glow-in-the-Dark Fountain Is Surprisingly Simple

Bioluminescence is awesome. Essentially the production of light by a living organism, e.g. fireflies, certain types of jellyfish, etc — but it doesn’t just occur in animals. There’s even some plant life that has the potential to give off that lovely, ethereal glow. And as Mark Rober shows us in the video above, you can even harness that power to become your very own natural, eerie, and totally beautiful light source.


These Apartments Grow Their Own Air Conditioning

A newly completed 15-unit apartment building in Hamburg, Germany, is already turning heads. Although, with a facade covered in sun-tracking algae tanks, it’s hard not to stare.


The Next World-Changing Supermaterial Is Grown, Not Made

Watch out graphene; something’s coming to eat your supermaterial lunch. Nanocellulose is poised to be the kevlar-strength, super-light, greenhouse gas-eating nanomaterial of the future. And the best part? It’s made by nothing but algae.


Algae-Powered Pods Provide Fresh Air In An Otherwise Polluted Environment

In what is becoming an increasingly polluted world, Chlorella, a portable, pod-shaped, air-purifying pavilion prototype (yes, all those p-words were in fact necessary), offers an oasis of fresh air in a zen-like and environmentally-friendly setting.


Super-Salty Lake Looks Like A Strawberry Milkshake

Photographed from above it looks like a pool of melty strawberry ice cream, but Lake Retba, which runs blood-red through Senegal, West Africa, gets its unusual colour from an unusually high salt content — up to 40 per cent in some parts!


Surfing Bioluminescent Waves Looks Like A Beautiful Hallucination

The first time I saw waves light up in beautiful colours as they crashed onto the beach I thought someone had slipped me some acid. It’s real, though. Bioluminescent phytoplankton cause this spectacular light show, and wow, someone’s surfing it.


Intel's Move From Processors To Algae

Renewable energies have gotten a lot of hype over the last few years. It seems only appropriate that an Intel campus in Arizona should be the first semiconductor company to receive LEED certification for a manufacturing campus right before Earth Day.


Half A Plane Flown Using Algae Juice

One of the two engines of this plane is running on biofuel derived from algae. And it managed to stay in the air.


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