[Global] Since our launching in the early 2014, Algae World News has collected and posted more than 1,686 algae news. Within the past few months, we attracted more than 61,747 views
around the world. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and we hope to bring you more interesting algae news around the world in the coming year.
Year 2014 Top 10 Stories of the Algae World News
From our web statistical analysis, out of the 1,686 algae news posted in year 2014, we selected the top 10 algae stories as a year-end review. The ranking is based on the number of view of each news article.
Out of the 61,747 views on our site, the number 1 algae story, with 1,514 views, goes to the article “Spirulina side effects include fever, edema, digestive problems and more“. This article was first published on the Youth Health Magazine on the November 13th, 2014 by a staff writer. The article was then reprinted by Algae World News on December 13th, 2014, publicized on our social media, having more than 300++ Facebook “like” within 2 weeks time and shared by many of our readers.
The 2nd place of the top 10 algae stories of 2014 goes to the article “Wageningen University & Research Centre tells you how to build an algae pilot plant”. This article was written by the algae industry magazine based on a peer-reviewed publication namely “Design and construction of the microalgal pilot facility AlgaePARC”. The research paper was written by Bosmaa and colleagues from the Wageningen University, featuring a pilot research on the comparison and improvement of photobioreactors and its operational strategies under outdoor conditions.
The 3rd place goes to the article named “A mysterious algal toxin may offer clues to human neurodegenerative diseases“, written by Lindsey Konkel, a staff writer of Environmental Health News. This news describes the fact that many birds, when exposed to algal toxins from their natural habitats, were found to suffer from brain defects. This observation offered some clue to find out the cause of human neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s disease and ALS, which may possibly link to exposure of algal toxins as well. This article was reprinted on Algae World News on the 31st, October, 2014. Its original title was “Could bird-killing algae help cure human diseases?”.
The 4th place goes to the article “The Top 10 Most Innovative Algae-Powered Designs”, featuring some of the most creative idea, designs and architecture using algae as a tool to generate power. Some of the examples are dinoflagellates bioluminescent dinosaur toy, algae musical jelly, algae tubing curtain, algae-powered bio-photovoltaic panels, portable algae breathing pavilions, etc. This article was first published on Inhabitat and reprinted by Algae World News on 28th, October, 2014.
The 5th place of the most popular algae story in year 2014 goes to the article “Photo gallery of the Algae Biomass Summit 2014“. Over 30 pictures of the summit, including photos of speakers and exhibitors were posted in the article. The pictures were all captured by Algae World News’ colleague – Tian, who attended the annual event. Not to forget to mention that Algae Biomass Summit 2014 is one of the largest algae industry event in year 2014.
The article rank number 6 belongs to Algae World News’ advertising partner’s article namely “All-natural “Spirulina pig” cultivated in a farm in Penang“. This advertising article promotes the use of Spirulina as feed supplement. A portion of the animals in the swine farm were fed with Spirulina as supplement. These animals grows naturally with organic feed without given any chemical stimulant or injection except for vaccines. Located in Penang, the farm owner, Mr. Tan, is also distributing his farm’s signature product “Spirulina pork”, as well as Alpha Spirulina feed supplement in Malaysia’s local market. According to our website visitor traffic tracking, this post has attracted mainly readers from the South East Asia region.
The 7th place of the most popular algae story in year 2014 goes to “Tomalgae is growing algae in a former tomato greenhouse“. Entrepreneur William van der Riet talks about the similarities and differences between the cultivation of vegetables and algae and the way to diversify its products by producing microalgae in a same greenhouse facility.
The story “Consumers warned of fake seaweed from China” sits on the 8th place of the Top 10. This article was originated from Thailand’s health official, written by Juthathat Kugasemrat of the National News Bureau & Public Relations of Thailand. It was found that fake seaweed, imported from China, made of plastic, had hit some outlets in Mae Hong Sorn province.
The 9th place of the most popular algae story goes to the article “This algae farm eats highway pollution“. A set of photobioreactor was installed on the overpass of highway to absorb the carbon dioxide released by the car exhaust. This news, released by The Cloud Collect, was also reported by many other news media in the early November of 2014. However, controversial arise when some doubted its practicability and safety. In fact, the photobioreactor was rather seen as an advertising symbol of the company.
The 10th most popular story belongs to the article “Astaxanthin Provides Broad Spectrum Protection“. This article was written by Liam Hawkins from Life Extension to explain the health benefits of Astaxanthin as dietary supplement. It is worth to mention that all the claims and statements regarding the health benefits of Astaxanthin are properly cited with a list of reputable and reliable references. The writing is neat, easy to understand and convincing with proper scientific facts.
Finally, that concludes the year 2014. With warmest greetings to all, Algae World News wishes you a happy holiday season and a prosperous year ahead.
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