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Diatoms on the moon?

DiatomsResearch has helped point to signs of ancient life being littered across the moon: Kent physicists have tested what would happen if a piece of rock containing microscopic fossils from Earth was launched into space and hit the surface of the moon. In order to do this, Professor Mark Burchell and researchers from the University’s Centre for Astrophysics simulated the condition that fossilised diatoms – microscopic algae with detailed shells – might have faced if travelling from earth to the moon. Continue Reading →

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Algae Biomass Novel Foods Workshop

The Novel Food Regulation (Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council) concerning novel foods and novel food ingredients applies to all foods and food ingredients that are to be placed on the market at this time. In particular, foods and food ingredients consisting of or derived from algae are explicitly mentioned. The effects of this regulation on the algae biomass novel foods are to be discussed at the Algae Biomass Novel Foods Workshop. The workshop will be held on 28-29 October 2014 in Cascais, Portugal. Continue Reading →

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Sapphire Energy Names New CEO

San Diego, July 2014 – Sapphire Energy, Inc. today announced the appointment of biotechnology veteran James Levine as president, CEO and member of the board of directors. Levine replaces Cynthia ‘CJ’ Warner, who is stepping down from her post effective immediately. She will remain chairman of the company’s board of directors. Continue Reading →

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Algen auf dem Weg zur ISS

Fraunhofer Algen für die ISSAm 23. Juli 2014 um 23:44 Uhr soll es heißen »lift-off« für eine Reihe von Organismen, die mindestens 12 Monate an der Außenseite der Raumstation ISS verbringen werden. Unter den mehreren hundert Proben von Urbakterien, Algen, Flechten, Moosen und Pilzen finden sich auch zwei Stämme aus der Sammlung frostliebender Algen, die am Institutsteil Bioanalytik und Bioprozesse des Fraunhofer-Instituts für Zelltherapie und Immunologie in Potsdam beheimatet ist. Continue Reading →

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Energy Department Awards $3.5 Million to Cellana to Develop Cost-Competitive Algal Biofuels

The Energy Department announced today $3.5 million for an algae project aimed at accelerating the development of sustainable, affordable algal biofuels. This research project supports the Department’s goal of producing 2,500 gallons of algal biofuel feedstock per acre per year by 2018, an important milestone toward reducing the cost of algal biofuels to cost-competitive levels of 5,000 gallons per acre per year by 2022. Continue Reading →

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