Boom and bust of ‘green crude’ leads to new venture: synbio food oils and more

The idea behind Sapphire Energy was radical: Use synthetic biology, a promising new technology that lets scientists reengineer the genetics of living organisms, to take on the fossil-fuel industry—and do the whole thing with pond scum. Continue reading Boom and bust of ‘green crude’ leads to new venture: synbio food oils and more

Stay calm: Kelp is on the way

We were in luck. It was new moon and the tide was at its lowest. The swell was also gentle that day, giving us plenty of time to explore the intertidal rock pools near Scarborough beach on the Cape Peninsula. Continue reading Stay calm: Kelp is on the way

Ohio House, Senate Approve Compromise Bill Tackling Lake Erie Algae

Columbus — The Ohio House moved compromise legislation March 25 aimed at addressing toxic algae blooms on Lake Erie and elsewhere in the state.

The final version of SB 1 is the result of negotiations between the House and Senate, with the Republican leaders of Continue reading Ohio House, Senate Approve Compromise Bill Tackling Lake Erie Algae

White House Science Fair Celebrates Student Research

Sixteen-year-old Sophia Sánchez-Maes is all about algae. The slimy green stuff is an attractive candidate for biofuel production, but Sánchez-Maes wondered why the biofuel startups near her hometown of Las Cruces, New Mexico, weren’t having more success. “I’d heard all these stats about how awesome Continue reading White House Science Fair Celebrates Student Research

Plant Protein: Searching for the Next Soy

All hail soy, king of the plant protein market—but for how long? While soy commands the number-two spot in protein overall, behind animal protein (two-thirds of the market), it is heading towards maturity. Oher plant alternatives are now eyeing the ladder, and Continue reading Plant Protein: Searching for the Next Soy