Energy from Algae

Algae Energy

An increasingly energy thirsty world craves transportation fuels, lucrative oils to run factories, and energy to supply the astounding amount of electronic devices that are proliferating. There is a great need for a new sustainable energy resource.  Algae can contain high levels of oils, carbohydrates, sugars and proteins, and can be used to produce renewable fuel, animal feed, and human food. Algae is used to run electricity to homes in Arizona and shows great possibility for a future in biodiesel. Heterotrophic microalgae are grown in large fermenters using sugar or starch, similar to the corn ethanol fermentation already providing almost 10… read more

Microbial Fuel Cell Breakthrough

Microbial Fuel Cells

The microbial fuel cell creates energy as it cleans waste water. As bacteria oxidizes organic matter, electrons are produced and run from an anode to a cathode within the fuel cell to create an electric current. What does this mean for wastewater?  This technology could power waste treatment plants and enable them to sell electricity from an organic source. The new technology developed at Ohio State Uuniversity can now produce 10 to 50 more times the electricity, per volume, than most other approaches using microbial fuel cells, and 100 times more electricity than some. Experts estimate that about 3 percent… read more

Aronofsky’s “Noah” Is World’s First Environmentalist

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Director Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan, Requiem For A Dream, Pi) has stirred up quite a controversy with his new film about biblical character “Noah”. In this big-screen adaptation, Russell Crowe plays Noah–the world’s first environmentalist. Check out the trailer below: As you can see, this epic takes quite a few creative liberties, although to be fair, the Bible isn’t so descriptive on how this whole event played out. Regardless, Christians and other groups are riled up over Aronofsky’s decision to portray Noah in such a controversial way. You can read more about the issue on ScreenRant. So what might be… read more

Our Lives Depend Upon It

Oceans

After years of polluting our oceans we now appreciate the many benefits they provide to humans. Essential nutrition, climate regulation, and oxygen generation are just some of the ways in which our lives are effected. The oceans face a constant threat of pollution and the creatures that live beneath the waves of habitat loss. The sad part is these effects can last decades and some may be irreversable. Oceans and coastlines provide shelter to 40 percent of the global population, help to support 350 million jobs and contribute more than $3 trillion to the world’s material wealth each year. The… read more

These scientists share their top concerns

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Each year, the scientific online magazine ‘Edge’ asks a question in which top scientists, researchers, professors, and journalists share their opinion. This year, Edge asked ‘What Should We Be Worried About?” Responses were quite diverse, and ranged from worrying about the end of the world, to an increasing drop in the human attention span. We’ve listed a few of our favorite answers below. The Underpopulation Bomb Kevin Kelly, the editor of Wired magazine, predicts that by the year 2050, our population will peak at approximately 9.2 billion. However, he also states that once we reach that peak, our population will then… read more

Bill Nye’s Open Letter To Obama About NASA

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Bill Nye, renowned scientist and educator, recently penned Pres. Obama a letter encouraging him to give NASA a healthy budget with which to explore the stars. Here’s the video: Space research is extremely important, as it helps us to better understand and monitor our constantly changing planet. Discoveries on other worlds also contribute to our knowledge of the greater universe beyond the solar system, and boost our abilities to leave the planet, since (according to Stephen Hawking), it’s kind of necessary that we do.

Window On The Arctic

Window to Arctic

A new observatory at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean will help keeps tabs on the delicate environment of the far north. Canada’s University of Victoria, which runs the station has stated that the observatory will relay information continuously throughout the year for the first time ever. The observatory includes an underwater camera, microphone, and a device that can measure ice thickness, coupled with instruments to measure temperature, salinity, and other data that can be used to monitor the health of the environment. There is also an above-ground weather station to track local weather patterns and climate data. University of… read more

What Is The Rarest Precious Metal?

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It’s no secret that we’re running out of non-renewable resources. Everything from oil reserves to natural gas will be used up in the next 1oo years, making the need to develop alternative energy sources a necessity rather than a novelty. But what about precious metals? How rare are they, and which is the rarest? Michael Stevens of Vsauce takes us on a short journey to answer that very question. Check it out:

Just A Night Owl Or Could There Be Other Issues?

Just A Night Owl Or Could There Be Other Issues?

Symptoms of depression can include sleeplessness, but insomnia is much more than a few restless nights. It is a serious condition that affects one’s daily activities and can impair functioning. Our systems are naturally attuned and innately responsive to day and night activities, and the brain regulates this internal clock. A study from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in the U.S. shows interesting findings regarding brain activity and our inherent time regulation system. Typically, people operate in sync with daylight hours, functioning on a schedule correlate to the available sunlight. This particular examination showed that the circadian… read more

What Does Earth Really Look Like?

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We’re fighting for the future of our planet, and clean land for our children to grow up on. However, I’d bet that 99% of us don’t know very much about the planet itself. As humans, we fight for good causes, even if we don’t entirely understand the history behind the cause. Check out this video by Vsauce that does a fantastic job at showing us what we’ve been missing out on by not pursuing a career in the space industry: So what did you think? I find it amazing that humans thought the earth was flat for the longest time,… read more