[USA] No matter how useful a certain human innovation may be, nature has usually beaten us to it by millions of years, and more Continue reading Light-bending algae boost organic solar cell efficiency
[Sweden] Solar panels are quite an inefficient form of renewable energy – only around 20 percent of incoming sunlight is turned into Continue reading This Swedish startup found the answer to more efficient solar panels… in algae?
[Global] Diatoms are single cell eukaryotic microalgae, which present in nearly every water habitat make them ideal tools for Continue reading Potential applications of diatoms
[USA] American scientists have discovered the strongest biological material in the world in the shells of microscopic algae cells called diatoms. Continue reading Scientists find strongest biological material in the world in microscopic algae cells
[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
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
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
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