Renewable flip flops: scientists produce the “No. 1” footwear in the world from algae

Walk a mile in these shoes.

How algae prepared the ground 650 million years ago for the miracle of complex life

The story of the rise of the algae.

Green ice spotted in Antarctica’s Ross Sea triggers new expedition for April

An effect of warming climate, or just a string of coincidences?

Seaweed might have helped determine who we are today

Feasting on seaweeds is good for your brain — in fact, it may have been crucial.

Lichens actually comprise a threesome, not a partnership

The more the merrier.

Florida’s coastlines are choke-full with guacamole-like algae blooms

Just as green, but with 1000% more “ew.”

Climate change is making the Arctic red — and we should be very worried about it

A tiny algae could spiral out of control with huge consequences.

Science delivers: new seaweed tastes like bacon, healthier than kale

The unexpectedly delicious new creation is actually a new strain of red marine algae named dulse. It’s packed full of minerals and proteins, it’s low in calories, and it looks a bit like red lettuce. The team claims it’s better for you than kale!

Biologists find algal embryo that “turned itself inside out”

Researchers from Cambridge have, for the first time, captured a 3D video of a living algal embryo turning itself inside out: from a sphere into a mushroom and into a sphere again. The results could help us better understand the process of gastrulation in animal embryos — which biologist Lewis Wolpert called “the most important event in your life.”

Extraordinary Macro Timelapse of Aquatic Wildlife by Sandro Bocci

We’ve shared many time lapse videos, but this is definitely something else. The almost alien music, the stunning quality, and the surreal underwater environment is entrancing and takes you to another world. This is part of an upcoming non-speaking Italian film – “Porgrave”. This latest film by Sandro Bocci, will be released in late 2015. This is Meanwhile…:

Pollution Sparks Beautiful Blue Plankton Glow in Hong Kong

The harbor in Hong Kong sparkled with an eerie blue glow, creating a surprising and beautiful picture. But few people know that the cause of this lovely landscape is actually pollution – pig manure, fertiliser and sewage. This nutrient-rich pollution encouraged a bloom of Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as “Sea Sparkle.”

Top 10 amazing [PHOTOS] capturing microscopic biology from 2012

Like every year, Nikon and Olympus each organizes a contest where microscopic photos from the world of biology are judged and selected. We’ve decided to show you the top ten winning entries from the Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition, which were selected from a whooping 2,000 photos from 62 countries. First prize goes to Ralph Grimm, a 45-year-old high-school teacher from Australia,

Algae produce 3-D, complex proteins used for cheap, yet effective anti-cancer treatment

Scientists at UC San Diego have finally collected the fruits of their decade-long labor after they managed to genetically engineered algae that can produce complex antibiotics that prevent cancer, otherwise extremely expensive to develop in laboratories. Cheaper treatment would thus be possible, that’s not only limited to cancer, but a slew of other afflictions otherwise treatable would expensive designer-drugs. Typically, complex and foldable proteins

Huge algae front reaches Chinese coast [PHOTOS]

Recently, China’s Yellow Sea has been clogged for a surface of nearly 7,700 square miles (20,000 square kilometers) by a massive algae front. Surprisingly enough, the algae spanning across great distances off the eastern provinces of Shandong and Jiangsu is a year to year visit, although authorities believe this year has been a bit more busy than previous ones, the

Algae gene therapy could cure blindness

Researchers have managed to restore light perception to mice through gene therapy, by inserting algae genes into the retina. The treatment has succeeded in restoring the ability to sense light and dark to blind mice, and clinical trials in humans could begin in as little as two years. “The idea is to develop a treatment for blindness,” says Alan Horsager,

Significant breakthrough in biofuels

I was writing a while ago that major biofuel production is not really that far away and the good news is things seem to be moving in that direction. The importance of biofuels has been underlined as a possible solution to fight the crisis, but the big problem was that creating such alternative fuels required too big amounts of power,

China will build algae biofuel facility

It seems that China is taking a more and more serious interest in green energy (actually they’re taking a serios interest in everything), as Shanghai Jun Ya Yan Technology Development Company made an agreement with PetroSun for the construction of an algae farm facility. The agreement is that the chinese company will invest $40 million (US) in the construction of

Science ABC: understanding algae based biofuels

Due to the need for a constant development in alternative sources of energy and development, scientists have been turning their attention towards algae, which could prove the good answer to many questions raised by the current necesities. Algae are a very large and diverified group of photosynthetic organisms, crucial to marine life and numerous ecosystems. You’ve probably heard about algae