This Algae Farm Eats Pollution From the Highway Below It

A highway overpass is the last place most of us would think to install a farm. But algae, that wonderful little ecological miracle, is different. Since it consumes sunlight and CO2 and spits out oxygen, places with high emissions are actually the perfect growing area. Which is why this overpass in Switzerland has its… » 10/31/14 10:51am 10/31/14 10:51am

This Photosynthetic Algae Roof Filters the Neighborhood 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? » 4/15/14 7:30pm 4/15/14 7:30pm

Government Scientists Created Crude Oil from Algae in Mere Minutes

Be excited, Earthlings, because science has a surprise for you. Engineers at the 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. » 12/18/13 1:40pm 12/18/13 1:40pm

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… » 7/30/13 3:00pm 7/30/13 3:00pm

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. » 4/08/13 10:55am 4/08/13 10:55am

Algae-Powered Pods Provide Fresh Air in an Otherwise Polluted…

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. » 6/19/12 2:00am 6/19/12 2:00am

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 color from an unusually high salt content—in some up to 40-percent! » 6/04/12 11:20pm 6/04/12 11:20pm

Surfing Bioluminescent Waves Looks Like a Beautiful Hallucination

The first time I saw waves light up in beautiful colors 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. » 10/05/11 1:50pm 10/05/11 1:50pm

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. » 4/22/11 7:40pm 4/22/11 7:40pm

Bandai's Mugen Tokoroten Repeats Niche Pleasure of Squeezing Sea Algae

Popping bubblewrap, or opening beer cans just not your obsessive compulsive cup of tea? Here's another toy for Bandai's Mugen range: the Mugen Tokoroten, which simulates squeezing a sea algae snack. 630 Yen for our Japanese brethren. [CNET Asia] » 12/02/09 6:38am 12/02/09 6:38am

Stuff We Didn't Post Today (and Why)

Job Postings Reveal That Microsoft's Not Stopping At Windows 7...Carpool LED Signs Pretend That We All Get Along...Biodegradable Plastics To Be Made Out Of Green Gunk...I Don't Have Enough Fingers And Toes For Ideum's New Multitouch Table » 10/30/09 11:00pm 10/30/09 11:00pm

Scientists Use Laser Beams and Engineered Algae Viruses to Control Your…

That's right: Scientists will achieve mind control. By shining laser beams. Directly at cells in your brain. Which have been intentionally infected. By a blue-light sensitive virus. That they made in a lab. From algae. » 4/30/09 7:26pm 4/30/09 7:26pm