[Ireland] The health boosting properties of seaweed as a ‘superfood’ are well documented but a Ballycastle company has been using locally-grown algae for more cosmetic purposes in a newly-extended range of natural skincare products. Continue reading Ballycastle businessman making waves with seaweed skincare
[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
[UK] Just like soap bubblesMovie Camera, some seaweed can produce extraordinary colours. On a bright, sunny day, the tips of this edible red alga can become an other-worldly blue.
Now Juliet Brodie from the Natural Continue reading Forget the white/blue dress, is this seaweed blue or red?
[UK] Do not adjust your monitor. This seaweed is deep red — but happens to appear a bright shimmering blue on a sunny day because of a quirk in its surface properties.
Unlike that dress this seaweed does Continue reading This Seaweed Is Blue And Red At The Same Time
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
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
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