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Encased algae create kaleidoscope of color

[UK] Under a microscope, carefully arranged diatoms form a dazzling display.

Diatoms are single-celled algae (in the stramenopile supergroup) that live in sunny, wet habitats. The organisms come in many shapes and sport natural pigments of green, gold and brown. To complete their look, diatoms extract Continue reading Encased algae create kaleidoscope of color

Eating Earth? 2015 friends of Nature by Femi Kusa

How would you feel eating earth? Well, I’ve been eating it every day for some time now. And, recently, my wife joined me. She has learned not to take it with water. For this increases her bowel motion and she does not like using public toilets because many of them are Continue reading Eating Earth? 2015 friends of Nature by Femi Kusa

Artist’s diatom artworks reveal astonishing microscopic world

There is a whole other world that is smaller than our eyes can perceive. Diatoms are among these; these single-celled algal organisms are some of the most ecologically significant and abundant, and are also some of the most distinctive, displaying beautiful, natural forms, thanks to their cell walls made of silica. They could also be part Continue reading Artist’s diatom artworks reveal astonishing microscopic world

Iowa State, Ames Lab researcher uses diatoms to save energy

AMES, Iowa – Mufit Akinc, who has a series of patent plaques hanging high on his office wall, knows all about the challenges of moving inventions out of the lab. But he’s determined to see one of his latest projects make it all the way to the marketplace where it can save Continue reading Iowa State, Ames Lab researcher uses diatoms to save energy