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Irish moss changes hue because of plate-like structures – and the finding could lead to waterproof sunblock

[UK] It is used to thicken ice cream, brew beer and is eaten fresh as a tangy salad, but only now have scientists discovered what makes the Irish moss seaweed iridesce.

The red algae Chondrus crispus, which grows abundantly around the coast of Britain, Ireland, the US, Canada and Continue reading Irish moss changes hue because of plate-like structures – and the finding could lead to waterproof sunblock

Ireland: Carrageen Moss Blancmange

Carrageen moss is one of Ireland’s more unusual natural resources. First of all, it’s not a moss: it’s a seaweed. And to add to the confusion, there are any number of ways to spell its common name: carrageen, carrageenan, carragheen and carragheenan, take your pick. They’re all derived from the Irish word carraigín, which means “moss of the rocks” (though some think that the Continue reading Ireland: Carrageen Moss Blancmange

Carageenan from Chondrus crispus: A Cancer-Causing Ingredient Sitting in Your Fridge

Attention all only-organic eaters: I’d like to have your attention in particular as you might have read this title and thought, “I bet whatever ingredient it is isn’t in my fridge! I’m the healthiest eater I know!”… Continue reading Carageenan from Chondrus crispus: A Cancer-Causing Ingredient Sitting in Your Fridge

Need to Know: Algae are everywhere, and they’re awesome

The story of modern industrialized society has been one of energy — finding it, harvesting it and developing new technologies to do both more efficiently. As populations and economies have grown, so too has our thirst for energy, primarily oil. Continue reading Need to Know: Algae are everywhere, and they’re awesome