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

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